I'd like to copy and paste text from a Dashboard. However, whenever I click and drag to highlight text, it opens the search in a new window as if I had just clicked instead of dragged.
The best way to select the text from a Dashboard Panel is to first "Zoom In" on the Panel. To do this, hover over the title bar and then select the magnifying glass, the Zoom icon, that appears next to the name of the Panel.
This opens the Panel into a larger view, and from this larger view, you can select text without the chance of a click opening the search.