Jack’s AutoHotkey Blog

Next free Why AutoHotkey? book giveaway on Amazon,
Monday, May 1, 2017! Tell a friend!

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Updated: April 26, 2017

I’ve completed the updates of Digging Deeper into AutoHotkey and AutoHotkey Applications. Check here for how to update your copies.

Updated: April 21, 2017

The e-book A beginner’s Guide to AutoHotkey has been updated to the new AutoHotkey script download links. Check here for how to update your copy.

Updated: April 19, 2017

The e-book Beginning AutoHotkey Hotstrings has been updated to the new AutoHotkey script download links. Check here for how to update your copy.

Updated: April 14, 2017

Running out of menu space? Try “Stuffing More into AutoHotkey Pop-up Menus (AutoHotkey Tip).”

Updated: April 12, 2017

I’ve just published a new book written to give people reasons why they should use AutoHotkey—ironcally titled Why AutoHotkey? Today I offer a one-day giveaway on Amazon. The book is exclusive on Amazon so don’t look for it at ComputorEdge E-Books. For more information on why Amazon see, “New “Why AutoHotkey?” Book Available Free on Amazon.” (Next free Why AutoHotkey? book giveaway, Monday, May 1, 2017.)

I know…the title isn’t actually ironic—maybe eponymous.

Updated: April 6, 2017

Almost by accident, I’ve written an AutoHotkey routine which acts as a universal print function for Windows Message Boxes.

Updated: April 1, 2017

Why AutoHotkey for Internet Trolls?

Updated: March 26, 2017

cheeseburgerwhiteicon This week I updated the CheeseburgerRecipe.ahk script to include both an Animal-Style Cheeseburger and a Jack Stuffed Cheeseburger Animal Style. I take advantage of the unique features of the GoTo command to create the third recipe from the first two.

Coming Saturday! “Why AutoHotkey for Internet Trolls?”

megadeal180goldUpdated: March 16, 2017

Just Published! Why AutoHotkey for Teachers and Educators?

Updated: March 10, 2017

Just Published! Printing with AutoHotkey Made Simple (AutoHotkey Tip)

Updated: March 3, 2017

Once you understand how AutoHotkey Labels work, you’ll find new ways to use little-known tricks. This week, “Understanding Label Names and Subroutines (Beginning AutoHotkey Tip)

 

Updated: February 27, 2017

cheeseburgerwhiteicon I put together a simple, but fun, little script for “Jack Stuffed Cheeseburgers.” It comes from this week’s blog “Why AutoHotkey for Chefs and Dieticians?” You can find the entire series on the “Why AutoHotkey?” page.

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AutoHotkey Tricks E-Book for Kindle Now Free on Amazon

If You Use the Amazon Kindle, Get Your Copy of AutoHotkey Tricks Directly from Amazon—Free!

AutoHotkey_Tricks_150Already free everywhere else, you can now obtain a copy of AutoHotkey Tricks You Ought To Do With Windows directly from Amazon at no cost. The book offers a number of ways you should use AutoHotkey, but, more importantly, it includes the “Table of Contents” and “Book Index” from each of the other six paid AutoHotkey e-books. It acts as a handy reference for anyone looking for a specific scripting solution. One search of this e-book scans the indexes of all six books in one go.

While AutoHotkey Tricks is always free, the next free giveaway of the Why AutoHotkey? book on Amazon is next Monday, May 1, 2017! Tell a friend!

Digging Deeper into AutoHotkey and AutoHotkey Applications E-Books Updated April 26, 2017

How to Update Your Copy of Digging Deeper into AutoHotkey or AutoHotkey Applications

I’ve completed the updates of Digging Deeper into AutoHotkey and AutoHotkey Applications. The old Dropbox Download page and other obsolete links in the e-books have been updated reflecting the Free AutoHotkey Scripts page which now supports all available AutoHotkey scripts. (For direct access to the files, go to the ComputorEdge AutoHotkey Download page.) I uploaded the latest versions of the books to Amazon and all formats on ComputorEdge E-Books. (I plan this update for each of my books and will announce it on this blog when each new edition becomes available.) Continue reading

A Beginner’s Guide to AutoHotkey E-Book Updated April 19, 2017

How to Update Your Copy of A Beginner’s Guide to AutoHotkey

Beginner's Guide to AutoHotkeyAfter the AutoHotkey Hotstrings book, I immediately moved on to updating my first AutoHotkey e-book, A Beginner’s Guide to AutoHotkey. The old Dropbox Download page and other obsolete links in the e-book have been updated reflecting the Free AutoHotkey Scripts page which now supports all available AutoHotkey files. (For direct access to the files, go to the ComputorEdge AutoHotkey Download page.) I uploaded the latest versions of the book to Amazon and all formats on ComputorEdge E-Books. (I plan this update for each of my books and will announce it on this blog when each new edition becomes available.) Continue reading

Beginning AutoHotkey Hotstrings E-Book Updated

How to Update Your Copy of Beginning AutoHotkey Hotstrings

Beginning AutoHotkey Hotstrings 200pxBased on feedback from readers, the old Dropbox Download page links in the e-book Beginning AutoHotkey Hotstrings have been updated to reflect the Free AutoHotkey Scripts page which now supports all available AutoHotkey files. (For direct access to the files, go to the ComputorEdge AutoHotkey Download page.) I uploaded the latest versions of the book to Amazon and all formats on ComputorEdge E-Books. (I plan this update for each of my books and will announce it on this blog when each new edition becomes available.) Continue reading

Stuffing More into AutoHotkey Pop-up Menus (AutoHotkey Tip)

Rather Than Increasing the Length of a System Tray Menu, Add Submenus—Plus, How to Use Menu Names (A_ThisMenu) for Conditional Actions

cheeseburgerrecipeWhen I decided to add two more recipes to the cheeseburgerwhiteicon Jack Stuffed Cheeseburger script, I ran into the problem of adding too many items (one for each step in each recipe) to the System Tray right-click menu. In the original, Cheeseburger.ahk script, I only included four steps in the menu (Ingredients, Prepare, Cook, and Serve). However, after inserting the Animal-Style Cheeseburger and the Jack Stuffed Cheeseburger (Animal Style) into the script, the number of recipe increments jumped from four to 18—plus an additional Print Recipe option for each burger. Also, since many of the steps use the same (or similar names), I needed a method for identifying each step with the proper recipe. When increasing the number of AutoHotkey menu options, cumbersome lists of items commonly crop up. You can fix these bloated menus by using submenus. Continue reading

New “Why AutoHotkey?” Book Available Free on Amazon

For One Day, Monday, May 1, 2017, the Just Published E-Book Is Available for the Kindle and Kindle Apps on Amazon.com

CoverWhy200I’ve made the new e-book Why AutoHotkey? available exclusively on Amazon and you can get the book free. It’s not that you need the book since most of its contents can be found right here on the Why AutoHotkey? page. I’ve produced this book for people who don’t know about or use AutoHotkey. As you are already accessing this blog, you’re likely well aware of AutoHotkey. My goal with this new book is to reach the AutoHotkey unaware. I’m guessing the Amazon is loaded with those types of Windows users.

I plan to make the book free more times, but Amazon only allows me to give it aways five times in a three-month period. (I would always make it free if they would let me.) Don’t worry if you miss this one. I’ll announce in this blog whenever I schedule another free book day. (Sign-up to follow the blog at the upper right of this page if you want notification whenever a new blog comes out.)

I know…I’ve expressed my disdain for the way Amazon treats independent writers, but they have such a huge reach, it would be silly for me to completely ignore them. (I still prefer people buy from ComputorEdge E-Books, but everyone must have an option.) This new compilation book should help the uninitiated to understand how much power AutoHotkey can bring to their Windows PC.

 

Create a Universal MsgBox Print Function with ControlGetText (AutoHotkey Tip)

When Nothing Else Works for Copying Text, Try the ControlGetText Command and Create a Global MsgBox Print Function

In a previous blog, I highlighted the Control, EditPaste command. The command helped me solve a particular problem where the standard Send, ^v (Windows paste shortcut) responded too slowly. I’ve since discovered that the complementary ControlGetText command resolves some sticky MsgBox printing troubles. It not only works quicker than the Windows copy shortcut (Send, ^c) but it greatly reduces code. Continue reading