Copy lists and menus in Windows with NirSoft's SysExporter

Copy and save menus, text boxes, tree views, and more with this free utility.

NirSoft's SysExporter is a simple, free tool that does something seemingly simple very yet valuable, saving time and reducing errors. The program is made to grab and save the data in all sorts of views in Windows, including standard list views, tree views, list boxes, combo boxes, and other such displays, and save that data as a text, HTML, or XML file.

SysExporter's simple but effective user interface is split horizontally between an upper list view and a lower window for displaying selections. The program scanned our system, displaying a wide range of system messages by title, including a program icon where available, and showing a wide range of extracted data under a variety of column headings that we could customize via the Windows menu. The Filter menu let us choose what the program displays; by default, all items are selected, but we could uncheck boxes to simplify the list. For instance, if we only needed to copy a tree view, we could filter out all other selections. SysExporter's Options include grid lines, removing Control and Question Mark Characters, and Always-On-Top. There's a compiled Help file that you might have to open directly from the program's folder in some versions of Windows. The About pop-up links to the NirSoft Web site, which offers quite a bit of help, including screenshots, at the program's page. We'd like to see a direct link from the program to the page, but it's easy enough to find. The quickest way is to search for SysExporter from the NirSoft front page since the developer offers so many free tools.

Most of the items displayed in SysExporter's list view were simple text boxes, such as one containing nothing more than the word From, as needed by Outlook's Inbox. But many offered list views, tree views, or data that was simply too much to copy manually and too difficult to select and copy with your cursor. Clicking an entry opened its Properties sheet. You may never need to copy a system menu or tree view, but if you do, it's hard to imagine an easier or more accurate way to do it than with SysExporter.

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