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How can I save text that is already present in a console screen to a file?

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  1. Switch to the command-prompt
  2. Press Alt+Space
  3. Press E, then K
  4. Use the mouse to drag a selection rectangle around the desired text
  5. Press Enter
  6. Open Notepad (or other text editor)
  7. Press Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert) to paste
  8. Save file

You can also select all of the text in the console window with S instead of K at step 2.

You can also right-click the console and select Mark.

You can simplify the whole process by enabling quick-edit mode (one time):

  1. Switch to the command-prompt
  2. Press P
  3. Switch to the Options tab
  4. Select QuickEdit Mode
  5. Click [OK]

From now on, you can copy as needed:

  1. Drag a selection rectangle
  2. Press Enter to copy
  3. Repeat step (1) as many times as needed
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Can I not also right click the text to copy it? – Gabriel Ryan Nahmias Jul 10 '12 at 6:47
Yup, that too. If you do it often, quick-edit mode is the fastest; if you do it infrequently, right-click is easiest (though you can just leave quick-edit mode on all the time if you don’t use any console programs that use the mouse). – Synetech Jul 10 '12 at 7:12

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