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^C - ^V Everywhere. How difficult is it?

Why is it that programmed _text_ content are not copiable *everywhere*? Notable exeptions include Message Boxes, (albeit pre-2K and even then a clumsy key combination. XP seems to support a simple ^C), Window Titles and Button Labels. When something can be put in, it should be able to take it out as well. Right?

kayjay
Saturday, April 10, 2004

Here's the case that annoys me the most. After a file search in Windows Explorer, you can't copy the name of the directory containing one of the files.

Julian
Saturday, April 10, 2004

I agree it should all be copiable.

Tony Chang
Saturday, April 10, 2004

There are many utilities that add "copy path" onto the Windows Explorer context menu.  Google "context menu copy path" or "right click copy path" for them.

I'd post a link to the one I use but I can't for the life of me find it.

Eponymous
Saturday, April 10, 2004

Borland Delphi's dialog boxes allows you to Copy it to clipboard.

Score one for Delphi.

one meeeellion dollars!
Sunday, April 11, 2004

It works for a lot (all) windows dialog boxes:

Try Start->Run->Enter "\\a", and then hit Ctrl-C, then you get this when you paste it into a text editor:

---------------------------
\\a
---------------------------
\\a



The network path was not found.


---------------------------
OK 
---------------------------

Roose
Sunday, April 11, 2004

Roose,

Wow.  You really do learn something new everyday.

Almost Anonymous
Monday, April 12, 2004

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