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I have an old windows application, which dumps some log-messages in a read-only edit-control.

Due to some weird restriction or a bug, The edit-control does not have a drop-down menu, and the default accelators (Ctrl+c, ctrl+v, ctrl-x, ctrl-f) are disabled.

Since the output is quite large, searching the log manually is quite tedious. I would like to copy the contents of the control to the clipboard (or save it in a file).

Is there an easy way to do this? I am happy to use an external program.

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Can you select the text? Can you right-click on the control? If so, does the right-click menu provide any options to cut or copy? – TookTheRook Aug 4 '11 at 17:48
I am not allowed to do anything with the text. The edit-control seems to simply drop most input that it receives. I can't select using ctrl-A, nor by mouseclick. The right-click menu does not appear at all. – mirk Aug 4 '11 at 17:54
What application is it? What does it do? – Joe Internet Aug 4 '11 at 17:56
I guess the only thing you could do is to take a screenshot of the control box, but again if the log is too large, this will be tedious as well. – TookTheRook Aug 4 '11 at 17:57
if you can select by shift+arrows then try copying with ctrl+Insert and pasting with Shift + Insert. – Yitzchak Aug 4 '11 at 18:38
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If you can select at all, then try copying with ctrl+Insert and pasting with Shift + Insert

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Maybe you can use an window info tool like Au3Info, this kind of tools allow you to inspect any window and copy its contents.

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