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While this is a simple enough tip, not everyone is always familiar with keyboard shortcuts and what you can and can’t highlight.

So, when you come across an error message dialog in Windows, take your mouse and highlight the text, press CTRL+C to copy the text, open up notepad, Word, or any other text editor, and press CTRL+V to paste the text.

This is especially handy for error messages that include strings of numbers and letters, but are important for diagnosing the issue–it eliminates the issue typos so you can show others exactly what the error message displayed.

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