Adjust Windows Registry Settings with the AutoHotkey RegRead and RegWrite Commands

Sometimes a Simple Script Offers the Best Way to Learn More Advance Techniques in AutoHotkey I’ve just posted a script written years ago by Robert Ryan (the person responsible for the very capable RegEx Tester) which displays hidden files by changing settings in your Windows Registry—a trick you can apply to many other Windows settings … Continue reading Adjust Windows Registry Settings with the AutoHotkey RegRead and RegWrite Commands

Open and Print Files with the QuickLinks App (AutoHotkey Tip from a Reader)

Khanh Ngo Offers an Improvement to the QuickLinks.ahk Script Which Enables the Loading of Any Selected File with Your Favorite Program, Plus QuickLinks Can Now Print Files! Recently I received the following message: Hi, Jack, I just found your website when searching around for AHK tips and found your QuickLinks—very impressive, with minimal coding needed. I’m … Continue reading Open and Print Files with the QuickLinks App (AutoHotkey Tip from a Reader)

Swapping Dyslexic Letters (A Favorite AutoHotkey Trick)

Sometimes the Little Things Remind Me How Much I Like AutoHotkey As I worked on one of my blogs, I accidentally transposed two letters (probably “form” for “from” or vice versa). I placed the cursor between the errant letters and hit the R key while holding down ALT. The two characters exchanged position. Pleased with … Continue reading Swapping Dyslexic Letters (A Favorite AutoHotkey Trick)

Encapsulate AutoHotkey Code for Multi-Script Integration and Portability (Scripting Techniques)

Run Your AutoHotkey Scripts as Standalone Apps or Add Them Unaltered to Master Scripts by Creating Hermetically Sealed Auto-Execute Modules If you’re anything like me, you’ve written a number of scripts which you use regularly. You can run each app separately assuring that they don’t conflict but that tends to load the Windows System Tray … Continue reading Encapsulate AutoHotkey Code for Multi-Script Integration and Portability (Scripting Techniques)

Using Unique Icons for Specific Windows Shortcuts (AutoHotkey Menu Tip)

Draw Icons for AutoHotkey Menus Directly from Windows Shortcuts I talked extensively in an earlier blog about adding icons to the menus in the QuickLinks.ahk script by using the FileGetShortcut command. This AutoHotkey command digs out data such as the target program from the shortcut. At the time, I didn’t attempt to use the captured icon data … Continue reading Using Unique Icons for Specific Windows Shortcuts (AutoHotkey Menu Tip)

Add Secret Windows Tools (God Mode) to QuickLinks Menu (AutoHotkey Tip)

This Windows Trick Works in Vista, Windows 7, 8, and 10 I first wrote about this hidden Windows technique years ago. You can find many references to it by searching the Web for the term “Windows God Mode” but I don’t know how many people make regular use of this feature.

New Version of QuickLinks AutoHotkey Script

Many Changes to QuickLinks.ahk Previously Discussed, Plus a Few New Features Not Yet Covered! Now Available for Download! I’ve finally posted the latest version of QuickLinks.ahk which includes all of the discussions from the past few weeks—plus a couple more features and fixes which I plan to talk about in the near future.

Finding Windows Icons for AutoHotkey Menus (Quick Tip)

A Useful AutoHotkey Script for Quickly Identifying Icons Embedded in Other Windows Files In the last blog, I demonstrated how to add icons to the QuickLinks.ahk menus. The use of the tiny graphics makes it easier to pick out particular menu options. But, you need to know where to look for icons. Once found, you … Continue reading Finding Windows Icons for AutoHotkey Menus (Quick Tip)

Spice Up AutoHotkey Menus with Icons (AutoHotkey Tip)

Using the Right Images Make Your AutoHotkey Menus Both Prettier and More Useful It’s easy enough to put together a plain vanilla AutoHotkey pop-up menu without any icons. The sample QuickLinks script creates a menu from favorites Windows shortcuts in the QuickLinks folder. However, a stripped down menu looks pretty boring and makes individual items harder to … Continue reading Spice Up AutoHotkey Menus with Icons (AutoHotkey Tip)

Automatically Add Windows Shortcuts to the QuickLinks App (AutoHotkey Tip)

Rather than Manually Creating Windows Shortcuts for QuickLinks.ahk, Use the AutoHotkey FileCreateShortcut Command *          *          * Recently, while working with the QuickLinks.ahk script, I’ve encountered so many AutoHotkey learning points involving a number of different techniques that I plan to spend the next few blogs discussing the various possibilities. If … Continue reading Automatically Add Windows Shortcuts to the QuickLinks App (AutoHotkey Tip)