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Neat Windows trick

Thanks to Joel, I now know that you can press Ctrl+C when Windows pops up an error message and have the text of that message copied to the clipboard.
So, this error message…
Windows popup error message
…becomes this…

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metapad
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Save changes to setuplog.txt?
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Yes   No   Cancel
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You learn something new every day.

9 Comments

  1. What I’m interested in is how *he* found out about it. Just a lucky guess?

  2. Swweeeeet. I’ll remember that for my Windows endeavors. Best pass that nugget of information to my co-workers at the Helpdesk – I’m sure they’ll appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. troworld: Could be, but remember that Joel used to be a Microsoft employee. Maybe he was the one who put it there ;).

  4. Now if only somebody would write a plugin that changes it so ctrl-c maps to cancel – oh wait, this isn’t Firefox.

  5. Dang this is a neat trick. It could be a debugging hook for QA (or maybe not).

  6. I found that out before. I think I posted about it some time, but I can’t remember.
    I myself got it by accident. But it is a really cool feature, I agree.

  7. Neil: As far as I know he was working on Excel’s macros. I doubt he fiddled around with such things as dialog windows across the OS.

  8. LordRich: what, the Escape key not good enough for ya? (And I think you mean extension, rather than plugin.)

  9. Neat Windows Trick

    When somebody’s calling me with a computer problem, or they see an error on their screen, they’ll usually tell me something generic like “I got this error on my screen.”…