Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

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.

share|improve this question
    
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
1  
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
show 3 more comments

2 Answers 2

up vote 1 down vote accepted

If you can select at all, then try copying with ctrl+Insert and pasting with Shift + Insert

share|improve this answer
add comment

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

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.