While studying the behavior of Label names in AutoHotkey scripts, I came up with the CheeseBurgerRecipe.ahk script which automatically moves to the next Hotkey recipe step with no additional code by dropping pass the next Label name directly into its subroutine. I didn’t expect to find another use for this technique so soon, but when I encountered the problem of losing track of invisible windows, this technique offered a quick fix. Continue reading →
Handy Window Transparency Wheel Using Macro Replacement Quickly Peeks Under a Window without Moving It, Plus the Difference Between % Var and %Var% Made Easy
The AutoHotkey online documentation goes into great detail about the traditional method for retrieving values from variables (%Var%) and the force expression evaluation method (% Var). It can take the new AutoHotkey user a little while to comprehend the differences between the two. In an effort to clarify the variations and help beginners to understand when to use which method, I offer an alternative way to view the operations. For the traditional method, I prefer using the terms macro substitution or variable name replacement. Once, you understand how it works, differentiating when and how to use each technique becomes easy.
The value-added trick comes when creating variables containing new variables on-the-fly by combining the two methods (i.e. forcing an expression % which contain a %Var% variable name replacement). The first step involves replacing the variable with its value, the new variable name (%Var%). The second step requires the forced evaluation of the new variable (% VarValue) as part of an expression.
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A while back I installed a volume control operated by the mouse scroll wheel. Simply hover over the Windows Task Bar and scroll the mouse wheel up or down to adjust the PC speaker volume level higher or lower, respectively. A progress bar (shown at right) pops up displaying the changing volume level. I’ve added this convenient tool to my standard AutoHotkey script and use it all the time.
At a later date, while playing with window visibility, I set up a menu for changing the transparency level for the active window (shown at left). At the end of that blog, I suggested, “If you want to get really fancy, then you might use the mouse wheel to set the transparency (or opaqueness) level.” I’ve done just that with my new SeeThruWinWheel.ahk script. Now, by holding down the CTRL key while scrolling the mouse wheel, the window under the mouse cursor becomes less opaque (WheelDown) or more opaque (WheelUp). In the course of writing this short script, I implemented a number of AutoHotkey tricks worth discussing. Continue reading →
AutoHotkey BlockInput Command May Cause Stuck Keys! Fix It with the KeyWait Command
In the last blog, we dealt with the issue of setting the privilege level required to use the BlockInput command. In the BackupText.ahk and IncrementalSaveText.ahk scripts, the AutoHotkey command prevents user mouse/keyboard input while the script selects and copies text to the Windows Clipboard, but it doesn’t work without Administrator privileges. After raising the script to a higher level, we demonstrated how to use Windows Task Manager to bypass the User Account Control (UAC) warning window.
At the end of the blog, I mentioned an additional problem where BlockInput causes keys (usually one or more from the Hotkey combination) to stick in the down position. Here’s the trouble. Continue reading →
To check out whether the command operated or not, I added a time delay to the script looking for the halting of keyboard and mouse action with BlockInput On. It didn’t work! My experiment demonstrated that the BlockInput command blocked nothing. There’s a good reason for this. Continue reading →
How to Find the Free AutoHotkey Tricks Book on Apple iBooks
Even though you can now get AutoHotkey Tricks You Ought To Do With Windows (Fourth Edition) free on Amazon.com, you can’t get it free in the United Kingdom or other non-US Amazon sites—at least not yet. Of course, you can always download it directly from our free page no matter where you live. However, alternatives are now available—in particular Apple iBooks. The following links direct you to Apple pages which offer AutoHotkey Tricks free in various parts of the world:
If You Use the Amazon Kindle, Get Your Copy of AutoHotkey Tricks Directly from Amazon—Free!
Already 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!