Jack’s AutoHotkey Blog

Updated: August 26, 2016

I’ve worked with a number of different programming languages—although I don’t consider myself a professional programmer—and I’ve come to realize that for anyone who wants to learn about programming, there is no better language than AutoHotkey.

For that matter, if someone does not want to learn how to program, but wants to do more with their Windows computer, AutoHotkey is still the best software for the job.

Updated: August 21, 2016

Peeking Inside the Clipboard, Part 2. A script which picks the right app for the job.

Updated: August 13, 2016

ComputorEdge AutoHotkey E-BooksTake a peek at what’s inside your Windows Clipboard.

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New to AutoHotkey? See “Introduction to AutoHotkey: A Review and Guide for Beginners.”

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Updated: August 4, 2016

Make strange window shapes with WinSet, Region.

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Windows Programming Made Easy

Never Programmed Before? You’ll Find No Better Language for Learning Than AutoHotkey!

Note: A free scripting language for Window computers, AutoHotkey provides simple techniques for controlling and adding power to your PC. Since today (and into the foreseeable future) Windows PCs continue to represent 90% of the desktop and laptop computers, knowing how to write simple AutoHotkey scripts adds significant experience to anyone’s résumé. Do it for fun and profit! Continue reading

Peek Inside Windows Clipboard, Part 2 (Intermediate AutoHotkey OnClipboardChange Tip)

An AutoHotkey OnClipboardChange Script for Running the Most Appropriate of Two Different Clipboard Peeking Apps

Last time, I discussed viewing the contents of Windows Clipboard using either the AutoHotkey Clipboard variable or an old Microsoft Clipbook Viewer (clipbrd.exe). While the AutoHotkey MsgBox command script offers superior results whenever copied files sit in the clipboard (e.g. a text list of the paths to each file), the ClipBook Viewer better displays bitmap image files. Rather than setting up different Hotkeys for each approach, wouldn’t a script which picks the best approach for the specific data type found in the clipboard help optimize viewing process? Ideally, the AutoHotkey app would use the Clipboard variable whenever the Windows Clipboard contains text and open the ClipBook Viewer whenever the clipboard holds an image. First, we must identify the type of data found in the clipboard. Continue reading

Peek Inside Windows Clipboard (Beginning AutoHotkey Tip)

A Quick, Easy Way to View Windows Clipboard Contents

There are some great AutoHotkey Clipboard scripts. In particular, the free ClipJump, written in AutoHotkey and maintained by Avi Aryan, represents a major upgrade in practical Clipboard-like apps. People now use ClipJump to replace no longer supported third-party programs. But not everyone needs that much clipboard. What if you only want to take a peek at your clipboard’s contents? Continue reading

The WinSet, ExStyle Command for Mouse-Click Transparent Windows (Intermediate AutoHotkey Tip)

After Always-On-Top and Translucent Windows, Use the WinSet Command to Make a Mouse-Click Transparent Help Window, Plus a Discussion of the Mysterious (and Confusing) Microsoft Window Styles/ExStyles (WS_XXX and WS_EX_XXX)

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Make a Window Transparent with the WinSet Command (Beginning AutoHotkey Tip)

When Setting a Window to Always-On-Top Make It See-through for Peeking Underneath

My last blog discussed a simple one-line script for forcing any Windows window always-on-top. The Hotkey works great and instantly toggles the feature on and off. However, at times when an window permanently sits over all other windows, it gets in the way of viewing the pages underneath. The AutoHotkey WinSet command allows us to change the transparency of that window so we can see right through it. Continue reading