XP / Vista: Copy an Error Message/Window into the Clipboard

Posted February 13, 2005 by AlexTheBeast in Windows

It is frequently helpful to be able to save error messages. This very useful trick allows one of save the text out of error windows. This works in Vista, XP, and other windows OSs.


A guy at work showed me this and I was shocked. You can’t highlight and copy error messages like text. Thus I have always found it difficult to send error messages to my administrators.

It is actually possible and easy once you know how to do it.

When an error box is on your screen, you can copy the text by pressing CTRL and Insert at the same time. This will place the error message in the clipboard and you can paste it anywhere/anyway you wish.

Here’s an example of error text that I just captured from a VB proggie:

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Microsoft Visual Basic
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Compile error:

Sub or Function not defined
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OK Help
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Enjoy!

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