Have you ever wanted to copy some text from a dialog box which doesn’t provide such functionality?
Textify was created to solve this problem: you can point your mouse over the text, click on the mouse shortcut (Shift + Middle click by default), and get a selectable view of the text.
The tool can be launched with a hidden window by using the -hidewnd command line switch.


zip Textify.zip (78.7 kB)



Posted in Releases, Software by RaMMicHaeL at March 5th, 2016.

72 Responses to “Textify”

  1. Donatas says:

    Usually simply pressing ctrl+c in the dialog copies whole text which you can paste into text editor and copy just a part of it that you need.
    Although if one has to do that often I see how this util could be useful.

  2. Donatas says:

    Oooooh! That’s way more amazing than the original video only showing dialog boxes. Thanks for clarifying!

  3. Pedro says:

    Unfortunately Textify won’t run in Windows XP. I read about the program at Betanews and they assumed it did work. The linked download site (http://www.downloadcrew.com/article/34106-textify) also says it is compatible with XP. But under XP Pro x86 SP3 I get “not a valid Win32 application”. Should it work under XP?

  4. Peter says:

    Hi RaMMicHaeL!

    Two ideas :
    – Option to start ” Textify ” with the launch of Windows
    – Option to hide icons ” Textify ” in the taskbar


  5. Jamie says:

    When I run this, it also seems to globally steal the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+T which I use in other programs. Is this just me or is it a wider bug?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      It’s a hidden feature. I’ve changed the default keyboard shortcut to Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T in a newer version, but didn’t release that version. You can change it yourself by editing the ini file.

      • Jamie says:

        Ah OK, thanks! I would suggest removing this feature (or adding it to the in-window config) in a future release. A popular example of this shortcut in other use is “Reopen the last tab that you closed” in Chrome. I had removed Textify, but have re-added it now that I know about the ini fix.

  6. man says:

    On Windows 10, Start menu, text boxes appear behind Start menu, so you have to close Start menu to see text boxes.
    The program and the idea behind it, is great. Thanks for developing it.

  7. Dennis Primm says:

    When I tried to run it in Windows 10 (Home Edition) 64-bit, it stated “Windows Protected Your PC. Smart Screen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app may put your PC at risk.”

    I really want to use this app. How can I get around this warning. I know it won’t hurt my PC. Can I turn off Smart Screen? If so, then how do I do it?

    Any help would certainly be appreciated, because I’ve been wanting something like this to help me copy text from dialog boxes for years!!!

    Thank you,

    Dennis B-)

  8. sl0j0n says:

    Hello, “RaMMicHaeL”.
    Thank You Ever So Much!
    I’ve been looking for something like this for a LONG time!
    I’ve had ABBYY Screenshot Reader, it’s a great program,
    but you have to take a screen capture,
    open it in Screenshot Reader, copy the output,
    & paste it into notepad, etc.
    This looks like a much simpler solution, & I commend you for it.
    Now, here’s an idea for you, one that could actually be very good I think.
    I’ve had a problem with eyestrain while using computers; I think most of us have. In fact, a UK company sells a device/program that is supposed to encourage blinking to help minimize computer eyestrain.
    I think a small program that blink the screen at an adjustable time period, say every 20 seconds, would probably be enough of a reminder to help computer users blink more often.
    If you would, please consider writing such program.
    I’d be glad to help beta test it. [Win7HP]
    Many thanks again.

  9. Thomas says:

    Pretty cool lil’ tool. I second the function of a hide icon along with start minimized or something.. in the likes of taskbar tweaker..

    Good job as usual

  10. Aaron says:

    I put Textify into the Startup folder on XPSP3. However, it always starts by displaying the “Textify; Texify v1.2; Homepage; Mouse shortcut Ctrl-Alt-Shift; Middle mouse button; Apply” box, (to change the shortcut) [that’s the illustration at the top of your Comments page]. But I don’t need to change the shortcut any more.
    Thanks for this program.

  11. John says:

    Nice job! I once had a similar idea but didn’t know how to implement it. Definitely goes into my “most used” programs.
    What language was used to write it? Will you consider making the source code available?

  12. MosTaFa,AHMED says:

    The application of very cool

  13. Hassan El-Zayyat says:

    Avast! flags this as malware:
    URL: http://rammichael.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2016/03/Textify.zip|Textify.exe
    Infection: Win32:Malware-gen
    Process: C:\Program Files (x86)\Free Download Manager\fdm.exe
    False positive?

  14. James says:

    Hi….I tried this program on Windows 10 Home. When I tried to copy text, right after I click, with whatever combination I had chose, to execute, Windows 10 tells me “Textify Module as stopped working.”

    I tried using other compatibly modes but those modes didn’t work, either.

    If you can help, that would be great, thanks.

  15. James says:

    Log Name: Application
    Source: Application Error
    Date: 3/26/2016 4:16:45 PM
    Event ID: 1000
    Task Category: (100)
    Level: Error
    Keywords: Classic
    User: N/A
    Computer: James-HP
    Faulting application name: Textify.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x56eaca20
    Faulting module name: Textify.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x56eaca20
    Exception code: 0xc0000005
    Fault offset: 0x00001156
    Faulting process id: 0x1aac
    Faulting application start time: 0x01d1879c60b5c7ef
    Faulting application path: C:\Users\James-StandardUser\Desktop\Textify\Textify.exe
    Faulting module path: C:\Users\James-StandardUser\Desktop\Textify\Textify.exe
    Report Id: 74d3da7b-4280-491f-bb20-0c4c93c47d87
    Faulting package full name:
    Faulting package-relative application ID:
    Event Xml:




    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I could not reproduce the crash on Windows 10 Home. Your crash report gave me a rough idea where the crash is happening, but it’s not enough to be able to fix it. If you have ideas about reproducing the crash, please let me know.

  16. Jim says:

    i have downloaded and tested Textify in Windows Xp Sp2. It works fine. Thank’s a lot for this small program. I like small programs.
    A good solution for a little problem (why is it not possible to copy some texts ? it’s stupid, just like when other people want that you do not one thing or another, just decause they have decided it).
    Could you explain how it works ? just by curiosity, i am sure it will be interesting.

  17. John Wilkinson says:

    I have downloaded Textify, but can’t get it to work and I can’t get rid of it. It has fouled up ctl c. I would like to use it if I can get my problems straightened out.

  18. John Wilkinson says:

    Maybe the best idea would just tell me how to get Textify off my computer.

  19. Tan Doan says:

    What a great app!
    Could you upgrade it to copy a whole essay, not only 1 paragraph? Many thanks.

  20. Rasool says:

    when i press ctrl+shift+t in order to reopen the closed tab, textify will work instead of opening the tab (Chrome and Firefox). do you can fix this?

  21. rexswain says:

    Very nice utility!
    And thank you for not bloating it up with extraneous “features”.

  22. Ingrid says:

    Very Handy and simple,

    thank you 🙂

  23. Will says:

    I think that this tool could be very useful, but it has only worked on about 50% of the message boxes I have tried to copy. For example, when you download, install, and open “reprofiler2” for the first time, it gives you a message box warning you about xml registration issues present in windows 10 and how to avoid screwing up you pc. I would love to copy the text from this box, but textify is unable to make the text selectable. Under what context does it work vs not work?

  24. Michael says:

    Awesome. I love those neat little tools that makes you life so much easier.
    One thing, though. If would be great if the tool offered an option (via checkbox) to automatically copy the content into the clipboard once the text is revealed without having to ctrl+c it every time.

    Also. To make it perfect. Combine it with a password recoverer which is able to reveal the content of password textboxes.
    I know a few programs which can do that with certain kind of password textboxes. Not all of them though. I think WPF Apps do have some special hidden textboxes which can’t be revealed that easily for example.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      an option (via checkbox) to automatically copy the content into the clipboard

      That’s a good idea. I have a couple of other ideas for the application, but I don’t think that I’m going to implement them soon – unfortunately I don’t have much spare time for it at the moment.

      Combine it with a password recoverer which is able to reveal the content of password textboxes.

      This is more complicated to implement, and is a less commonly used feature (for me, at least). So it probably won’t be implemented for Textify.

      • Michael says:

        So it probably won’t be implemented for Textify.

        I didn’t expect you to, but i still wanted to mention it just in case. 🙂

        Regarding the auto copy to clipboard feature.
        If you are implementing it, please make it so, that it copies the selected text into the clipboard in the closing event of the window. This way we can also select partial texts and just have to leave the window to copy it into the clipboard.

  25. Guilherme Lino says:


  26. kk says:

    “Usually simply pressing ctrl+c in” but not always. Michi is cool!

  27. leminsc8 says:

    hwo i get v1.3 offical?

  28. Rafael Miranda Soares says:

    It’s good but sometimes does not work


  29. Friedhelm Peters says:

    Hallo, the program did not works on my Computer with Windows 10. I want to copy something from Message of O&O Software, but nothing done. Why? It’s only for Windows messages

    Thanks for Help


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