Recently I encountered a program that required me to copy in some information that was only available through another program -- as text in a display box that I couldn't swipe over to copy. I had to retype this information by hand -- doubly annoying since it was a long, complicated GUID that I didn't type in correctly the first time!
What are common and useful applications for SysExporter? You can open an Explorer folder, and then copy a list of all the files in it (including all attributes!) to a tab-delimited list. If you copy a tree list into a tab-delimited format, an extra column named "Indent" is added that describes how much of an indent to give that particular item, thus preserving the tree structure. (Try this with the tree-list view in Device Manager, for instance; all of the items in the list are automatically made visible.)
Some controls still aren't supported, but Mr. Sofer is adding more control support with each passing revision of the application. Version 1.2, for instance, added support for text boxes and data in Web browser / HTML-rendering controls (in Windows 2000/XP).
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This was first published in October 2005