Autohotkey - gHacks Tech News


I'm back. I finished moving to my new apartment and can again write articles for you. The first software that I would like to point your attention to is Autohotkey: a nice little freeware application that has many purposes.

Autohotkey is a scripting language and execution engine basically that can be used to create small portable applications for all kinds of purposes. From changing the system volume over window behavior to disabling or overriding Windows hotkeys.

Take a look at its feature set:

  • Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
  • Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.
  • Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing "btw" can automatically produce "by the way".
  • Create custom data entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars. See GUI for details.
  • Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
  • Respond to signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
  • Run existing AutoIt v2 scripts and enhance them with new capabilities.
  • Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don't have AutoHotkey installed.

The official website is a good start to get acquainted with the program. It offers documentation of the programs functionality including a tutorial section for new users that explain the basics of creating a script with the scripting language, and an active user forum where developers and users can exchange information on. The program itself is available as a portable version and setup.

If you are looking for scripts created with AutoHotkey, check out the scripts section in the forum as it is offering scripts for all purposes that you can download to your local system and run there then.


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  1. yair said on March 27, 2006 at 9:37 am

    hope no links were got broke on the way to the new place…
    a bit more advanced automation program for win is autoit3, realy amazing what this thing can do.

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