How to: Export Text from Any Screen

There’s just some things you can’t copy from a Windows explorer pane.  The other night I was trying to copy and paste the list of Windows KB updates from my computer.  As is with some windows panes, it’s actually a table built from a SQL query a la Windows that has no copy/paste functionality.

A solution exists in free 3rd party software:  Nirsoft, a treasure trove of Windows executable files that require no installation offers SysExporter.

As the name of the software implies, it can lift the text off any text based program you see on your screen.  I happily could copy and paste the KB names of the Windows updates I wanted to manually download into an Excel sheet and was on my way.


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