How to Copy Text From Message Box in Windows 10

Sometimes you need to copy the text from a message box which appears on your screen in Windows 10. For example, some application may show you an error message or crash details. In such a situation, you would want to copy its text to the clipboard so you can paste it in Google's search box. Here's a simple trick that you may not be aware of.

To copy text from message box in Windows 10, simply press the Ctrl+C hotkey to copy the message box text and you are done!

For example, suppose you got the following message box:

Then, do not click the OK button, press the CTRL + C hotkey instead. The contents of the message box will be copied to the clipboard. It will include its title and also the button captions.

[Window Title]

Windows cannot find 'winaero'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.


After you copied the contents of the message box, you can press OK to close the message.

The same can be done for other dialog boxes. Let's see one more example with Notepad's save prompt.

The clipboard contents will be as follows.

[Window Title]

[Main Instruction]
Do you want to save changes to Untitled?

[Save] [Don't Save] [Cancel]

The ability to copy the text from dialog boxes was available in previous versions of Microsoft Windows. This trick should also work in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

8 thoughts on “How to Copy Text From Message Box in Windows 10”

  1. Well said Hilary. I wish I had known this longgggg ago :)

    Every day I look forward to coming to your site Sergey and reading your knew little gems of info.
    Winaero is my favorite site and Winaero Tweaker my favorite app, which gets better and better with each new version.

    Thanks ever so much Sergey for all you do for us.

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