I'm trying to popup a window with a list of strings that I can then individually select and copy to the clipboard. Using CreateDialog I can select items formatted as a Quantity but not simple text. In the example below I can right click and copy the 1kg entry, but not the Hello text. I tried a few Copyable/Selectable options with no luck. Is there a way to make the text selectable in a CreateDialog?

CreateDialog[{"Hello", Quantity[1, "Kilograms"]}, ContentSelectable -> True, Copyable -> True, Selectable -> True];

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Setting the option Deployed to False seems to do the trick, someone else will have to say why though.

        Quantity[1, "Kilograms"],
        Style["bob", ShowStringCharacters -> True]
    Deployed -> False, Selectable -> True

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  • $\begingroup$ Very good! It is odd that "Quantity"s are selectable without that, even with Selectable and Copyable set to False. $\endgroup$
    – DrBubbles
    Commented May 9, 2019 at 19:57
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    $\begingroup$ I think that is because the normal formatting for Quantity has both a tooltip and specially defined right-click behavior, and the dialog doesn't suppress that. $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Commented May 9, 2019 at 20:04

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