Copy Error Codes & Messages From Dialog Boxes In Windows 10/8/7

You may have noticed that there are some Windows dialog boxes, like the Error Message boxes, which do not let you copy the text on them. And there may be times that you want to copy those error codes and error messages so that you can search for them on the Internet for potential solutions.

Typing out the message is both time-consuming and prone to typos. Besides that, the trouble you may have to take to switch between your browser and the message windows, in case the window is hidden.

Copying the error message and pasting it in any search engines search box, is the best way to ensure that you are searching for the exact message. But unfortunately, most of these messages cannot be selected or copied in the normal way.

Copy Error Codes & Messages From Dialog Boxes

There are two freeware programs I know of that let you copy error codes and messages from dialog boxes. Using these tools, you can easily extract or copy text from images.

GTText is a free program that lets you grab and capture text from such error message boxes. It is a single exe file and so there is no installation required. You can just run the file and start using it.

GTText helps create fast and quality Ground-Truthed data-sets from color text images. It performs fast OCR text recognition and copies image text to the clipboard. It can load data from screen snapshots, image files and scans documents.

The highlighted text can then be used in online searches. The program can be useful if you need to copy an error message for a bug report or want to find out additional information via online search engines without having to manually type the text. You can download GTText here.

JOCR lets you copy text from images. JOCR lets you capture the image on the screen and convert the captured image to text. It also lets you copy text from any files and images on the screen such as protected Web pages, PDF files, error messages.

Copy Error Codes & Messages From Dialog Boxes

The program offers several capture modes. But JOCR requires Microsoft Office to be installed to be able to work.

Take a look at Textify too.

You may also want to have a look at these posts:

  1. SkyDrive brings support for OCR; can now extract text from images
  2. How to Copy or Extract Text from Images
  3. Freeware to extract Images from PDF files
  4. Copy text from open windows with GetWindowText
  5. Extract Text from Image using OneNote 2013.

If you know of any other such freeware or free online tools that let you copy Error Codes & Messages from Dialog Boxes, do let us know below in the comments section.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.