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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
Why Memorize a Bunch of Hotkey Combinations When Using an AutoHotkey Pop-up Menu Does the Trick? A while back I talked about adding hard-to-remember AutoHotkey Hotkeys to the System Tray icon right-click menu. This saved me from needing to recall too many key combinations. As I worked on my last blog about creating the auto-startup script, … Continue reading Eliminate Hotkeys with AutoHotkey Menus (AutoHotkey Tip)
While Not For Beginning AutoHotkey Script Writers, This Regular Expression (RegEx) Trick Executes Multiple Complex Text Replacements without Even Writing an AutoHotkey Script