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Windows 7: Tips Display Capture

07 Jan 2011   #1
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Tips Display Capture

When I place my cursor over a file, for example an mp3 file, a display appears that shows all the file's details. Is there any way to capture this specific display? Because as soon as the cursor is moved away it disappears. Selecting the file and going to properties does not contain all of the details that the tips display shows.

(please do not suggest 'print screen', and paste into a 'Paint'-type program)

thank you


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07 Jan 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
When I place my cursor over a file, for example an mp3 file, a display appears that shows all the file's details. Is there any way to capture this specific display? Because as soon as the cursor is moved away it disappears. Selecting the file and going to properties does not contain all of the details that the tips display shows.

(please do not suggest 'print screen', and paste into a 'Paint'-type program)

thank you
In the case of mp3 files, that info comes from the tags and file properties.

You can view the file properties of any mp3 by right clicking it and looking at the details tab.

There are mp3 applications such as EncSpot that you can use to open up an entire directory of mp3 files and view many of their details.

Here is an example, which shows only what I have chosen it to show. You can customize the columns to reveal whatever you need to know.


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07 Jan 2011   #3
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
When I place my cursor over a file, for example an mp3 file, a display appears that shows all the file's details. Is there any way to capture this specific display? Because as soon as the cursor is moved away it disappears. Selecting the file and going to properties does not contain all of the details that the tips display shows.

(please do not suggest 'print screen', and paste into a 'Paint'-type program)

thank you

Download KaKeeware ToolTip Thief Free - Copy the content of tooltips - Softpedia

<http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/KaKeeware-ToolTip-Thief.shtml>


By the way, you can set up a lot of stuff like this yourself using;

AutoIt v3 - Automate and Script Windows Tasks - For Free!

<http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/index.shtml>

or

AutoHotkey - Free Mouse and Keyboard Macro Program with Hotkeys and AutoText

http://www.autohotkey.com/



Here are scripts to capture tool tips;

Get the text content of a tool tip window

<http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/topic58023.html&highlight=tool+tip>

http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/topic54333.html

<http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/topic54333.html>

from here;

AutoHotkey Community - Mouse and Keyboard Macros and Hotkeys

http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/


Regards....Mike Connor
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07 Jan 2011   #4
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

thanks for the replies. can someone show me, a computer-illiterate, a step-by-step on using that ToolTip Thief thingy? I downloaded it, un-packed it, cliked on it and a warning appeared telling me if I didn't know what I was doing the 'system could crash, continue?' so obviously I aborted it.

thnx!
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07 Jan 2011   #5
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Because the program uses some particular code it may be seen as a virus by some security software. As far as I can tell, this is a false positive. Softpedia also gives their malware free guarantee for it.

The problem with trying to explain some of these things to a "computer illiterate" is that you wont understand what I write.

The program runs on a machine I have which is not connected to the internet. It works, and has caused no crashes, or shown any other unusual behaviour, but that is not to say that it wont.

If you are worried about it then don't use it. I will try to find something else to do the job for you.

Regards....Mike Connor
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07 Jan 2011   #6
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I am working on a script for you to capture the tips to the clipboard. May take a moment or two. When it is finished I will compile it as an executable and upload it somewhere so that you can grab it.

Regards....Mike Connor
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07 Jan 2011   #7
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thnx Mike - The program downloaded and unzipped fine. That warning I refer to was generated by the program itself. Weird. Warning dialogue display is attached.

Hmmm, this has me thinking ... in addition to capturing the tool-tip, this last excercise has me now asking for a way to capture contents of dialogue/display boxes (such as the one attached here) as well since the text in most, if not all, are unable to be select/copy/pasted.

i don't think we're going to find anything simpler than the 'print screen' option I mentioned earlier, but I hold out hope!


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07 Jan 2011   #8
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Some programs will crash windows, and if the programmer is not certain, he gives a warning.

I am working on it. I have a couple of basic scripts already, but I would in that case like to offer you a dialogue and other captures as well. May take a little while but it should not be a major problem.

I will get back to this thread as soon as I have something useful to show.

Regards....Mike Connor
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07 Jan 2011   #9
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

OK. I have a workaround at least which produces this from the tool tip popups;





This was accomplished by running this Autohotkey script;

Code:
CoordMode, Mouse, screen

wanted_class=tooltips_class32
;wanted_class=VsTipWindow


settimer, f2, 200
return



;======== show the information from a single tooltip =========
F1::
ControlGetText, tooltip2,,ahk_class tooltips_class32
MsgBox, The text is %OutputVar%
;tooltip, ******************`n%tooltip2%`n******************, 1300, 300
;sleep, 1000
;tooltip
msgbox, %tooltip2%
return


;======== show the information from a multiple tooltips =========
F2::
WinGet, ID, LIST,ahk_class %wanted_class%
tt_text= Here_are the tooltips`n
Loop, %id%
{
  this_id := id%A_Index%
  ControlGetText, tooltip2,,ahk_id %this_id%

  ifinstring, tooltip2, Here_are    ; prevents 'tooltip infinity' where a tooltip repeats itself and therefore grows in size towards infinity
   continue

  tt_text.= "******************`n" tooltip2 "`n******************`n"
}

tooltip, %tt_text%, 300, 300
;msgbox, %tt_text%
;sleep, 3000
;tooltip

return


esc::exitapp
I snaffled this script from this gentleman at the autohotkey forums;

http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/topic58023.html

<http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/topic58023.html>



and then using PicPick;

http://picpick.wiziple.net/?mid=download

<http://picpick.wiziple.net/?mid=download>

to capture the results. PicPick will already capture dialog boxes and stuff like that. ( what I use all the time for screenshots).When it is running in the tray one merely needs to press;

<SHIFT> <Print Screen> and one can select any area to snip.

Or

<CTRL> <Print Screen> to select any windows control.

<Alt> <Print Screen> captures the whole window.

All you need to run this now as a script is autohotkey;

AutoHotkey - Free Mouse and Keyboard Macro Program with Hotkeys and AutoText

<http://www.autohotkey.com/>

and the script above. You can also compile the script with autohotkey so that it runs directly as an executable.

I will still work on grabbing just the tool tip texts to Notepad or the clipboad, but this solution is likely to be more flexible for many.

Regards....Mike Connor
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07 Jan 2011   #10
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

^
Oh wow Mike ... guess you missed my comment on my being computer-illiterate. Barely got the PicPick workin' for me. Pretty cool so far ... but all that code and script stuff? I really wasn't kiddin' when I used the terms 'step-by-step'. I'll understand if you're too busy to lead the blind. Looks like I've got plenty of homework to do.

much appreciated my friend.

-Marcos
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