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Count Characters Examples

Count Characters Icon Count Characters can dump to the windows clipboard the contents of combo, edit & list boxes, and static & button fields. It will also copy the readable contents of password edit fields to the clipboard.


  • Launch Count Characters and situate the Count Characters dialog on your screen so it not covering the application you are interested it. You might need to resize program windows &/or close/minimize other programs if you have some free screen real estate to work with.
  • WITHOUT clicking your mouse or using a task switcher (e.g., ALT-TAB), move your mouse over another open program on your screen. The Count Characters dialog will display various information about the area under the mouse. Experiment by moving the mouse over data areas, toolbars, dialogs, etc.
  • Press CTRL+C to copy the data to the clipboard. Press If the data was successfully copied, Count Characters will present a message box confirming the action.
  • Note that if the Count Characters window 'loses' the text 'Press Ctrl+C to copy contents to the clipboard', move the mouse over the Count Characters window to re-activate the copy functionality (see below).


  • Not all controls can be captured. Also, results may vary depending on what operating system you are under. For example, NT-class systems have more security features that makes some lists and controls simply available. 
  • Depending on your Windows configuration, Windows may issue a 'Default Sound' when CTRL+C cannot be accomplished.
  • To capture the data in combo boxes, move the cursor to the down arrow button to the right of the combo box before pressing CTRL+C. For some programs, you may need to activate the combo box by actually clicking on the arrow button in order to make all the data in that combo box available for capture by Count Characters. Doing so will 'inactivate' Count Characters so please see the next paragraph.
  • Any action with your mouse or keyboard other than CTRL+C inactivates the Count Characters clipboard copy mode. If you don't see "Use Ctrl+C to copy contents to clipboard" in the Count Characters dialog, fully re-activate Count Characters by either: a) using ATL-TAB to switch to Count Characters or b) clicking once with the mouse on any area of the Count Characters dialog (except the blue link to our web site) to put Count Characters back into an active state. 
  • Some experimentation may be necessary for you to get the hang arranging your program windows before you put Count Characters into clipboard copy mode.

Example Screen Shots

Below is the Count Characters dialog when the mouse is passed over the file list when our Directory Toolkit utility is displaying a list of the files. Directory Toolkit is a utility that can compare and synchronize two directories, create and manage .zip archives, and much more....

Funduc Count Characters

The below screen shot demonstrates using Count Characters to capture the history items in the combo list for the Windows Run command. Note how the cursor is over the combo list icon. 

Funduc Count Characters

And here is what is copied to the clipboard after pressing CTRL+C. 

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Selected: C:\TOOLS\CNTCHARS\CntChrs.exe
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