Isolate Hotkeys to Only Operate for an Open or Active Window
In the Weekly Tip, “IfWinActive Versus #IfWinActive“, I recommended isolating Hotkeys to specific windows. This time I offer a practical example.
For more information, see “Chapter Two: Block Windows Shortcuts with AutoHotkey” and “Chapter Three: AutoHotkey #Directives for Context-Sensitive Hotkeys—#IfWinActive” of the book AutoHotkey Hotkey Tips, Tricks, and Techniques.
The #IfWinExist directive offers a number of advantages when creating temporary Hotkeys:
- The Hotkeys activate only when AutoHotkey opens the controlling window.
- If other conflicting Hotkeys exist, the temporary Hotkeys take precedence as long as the window exists.
- After closing the controlling window, the Hotkeys deactivate minimizing interference with other possible Hotkeys or shortcuts.