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Why are error messages unselectable?

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    bikini

    Just wondering...

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    MasterPi

    Maybe to prevent users from disclosing important details about their system.

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    dahat

    Try hitting control-print screen to copy the text to the clipboard and then paste it somewhere else.

    Granted this doesn't work everywhere, it's common enough where it can save you plenty of typing.

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    bikini

    "Maybe to prevent users from disclosing important details about their system."

    To whom?

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    PaoloM

    dahat wrote:
    Try hitting control-print screen to copy the text to the clipboard and then paste it somewhere else.

    Granted this doesn't work everywhere, it's common enough where it can save you plenty of typing.

    Ctrl+C (Copy) works with all the dialogs and message boxes from Windows and most of Microsoft apps.

    This works also on 3rd party software if they use the standard dialog library.

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    bikini

    Great! Smiley

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    bikini

    bikini wrote:
    Just wondering...

    As to why, I guess this explains it:

    "The text displayed through a static control window is not selectable with the mouse. To partially remedy this behavior, with Windows 2000, Microsoft introduced a little-known feature to simplify the task of copying the text displayed in a standard message box to the clipboard."

    Apparently, CTRL+C affects focus as well (causing a 'Ding' sound). CTRL+INSERT is actually recommended. Wink

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    Loadsgood

    PaoloM wrote:
    Ctrl+C (Copy) works with all the dialogs and message boxes from Windows and most of Microsoft apps.

    This works also on 3rd party software if they use the standard dialog library.


    That is really cool Smiley I never knew all I had to do was Ctrl+C on any message box. Thanks Big Smile



    You learn something new everyday, that's my newly learnt thing for today.
    Loadsgood.

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