Why AutoHotkey for Students?

Ten Reasons Why Every Student Should Use the Free AutoHotkey Windows Tools! AutoHotkey Helps You So Much Academically That You’ll Think You’re Cheating! Plus, It’s Delicious Brain Food and Helps Get You a Job!

Using AutoHotkey should be mandatory for every student from high school on through college! Not merely because learning AutoHotkey invigorates the brain cells (which it does!), but robotsexismit makes all your Windows tasks so much easier that it seems unsporting. AutoHotkey takes the grunt work out academia making learning fun…almost.

(If you know a student who uses a Windows computer, then do him or her a favor by sending him or her a link to this article. If he or she doesn’t already know about AutoHotkey, he or she will thank you profusely.)

For those unfamiliar with the free open-source scripting language, AutoHotkey offers simple, yet powerful, commands for adding enhancements to any Windows computer. In addition to their simplicity, the little apps work in any Windows program or on any Web page. For a brief overview, see this “Introduction to AutoHotkey: A Review and Guide for Beginners.” Continue reading

AutoHotkey Windows Clipboard Techniques for Swapping Letters (Beginning Hotkeys Part 9)

Delving into Windows Clipboard Hotkey Tricks for Switching Mistyped Letters in Any Document or Text Editor

Note: January 29, 2017—Over time, I’ve come to realize that AutoHotkey scripts should employ a number of different “best practices” in Clipboard manipulation routines. The code includes ClipboardAll,  ClipWait 0, and IfErrorLevel.  This blog discusses those techniques in detail. I now refer to this AutoHotkey Clipboard setup as “the standard AutoHotkey Clipboard routine.”

I’m taking yet another diversion from the Hotkey command to dig into something just as important (if not more so) when discussing Hotkeys—the action code contained in and initiated by the keyboard combination. Highlighting Hotkeys without looking into the embedded routines is like studying eggshells without learning the nature of the egg. While the various techniques for implementing Hotkeys are significant, looking at the specific AutoHotkey action routine inside may be even more crucial. Continue reading