How To Copy Text That Cannot Be Copied in Windows

If you are like me having been looking for a way to copy the text on a dialog box that cannot be copied by the normal Ctrl+C keyboard shortcut, here is some good news for both you and me.

Textify is a free program for the Windows operating system that enables you to copy text from dialogs and windows that cannot be copied usually. It’s also portable so you can run it from any location without extra installation process or the need of special DLLs. Simply download the tool from their website, extract the executable to a directory that is easy to access, and run it.

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Once launched, you can hover your mouse cursor over the text that you want to copy and click on the mouse shortcut, shift + middle click by default, to get a selectable text box with all text highlighted inside. Then, you can either right-click the text and choose Copy or use the universal Ctrl+C keyboard shortcut to copy the content to the clipboard.

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The main window also allows you to change the default mouse shortcut behavior with the combination of Ctrl, Alt, or Shift key with Left, Middle, or Right mouse click.

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You can also run the tool in hidden mode by using the -hidewnd command line switch.

Verdict

Textify is definitely a tool that fits in my toolbox for the purpose of copying the text from the place where the text is embedded in the dialog box and cannot be selected and copied. There are for sure some room to make this tool better but still it works quite well in Windows 7 and above systems, including Windows 10, with the support for both 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 04/27/2016

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