Launching AutoHotkey automatically

AutoHotKey is a really useful software, but I am sure at some point you have felt irritated about launching the scripts manually every time you re-start your system.

After all, how are you supposed to remember to run all the scripts each time you re-start your PC or even where you stored each one of them.

But there is a very simple solution to this. All you really need to do is to add a shortcut to the scripts in your startup folder.

Just follow these easy steps:

1. Click the Start button, point to Programs, and in the list that pops up, look for the Startup Folder. Right-click on the Startup Folder and, then click Open. This will open the Startup Folder in a new window.

2.  Now open the location where you have the script saved. Right-click on your script file, and click on Create Shortcut in the menu that appears.

3. Drag this shortcut to the Startup Folder window. Alternatively, you can cut the shortcut, and then paste it in the startup folder. (Note: The Shortcut File has a small curled arrow on its icon.)

Now, each time you restart your PC, your scripts will launch automatically, the ones in the startup folder, that is.

By the way, someone who want to launch AutoHotkey automatically may have someĀ challenges to remember its hotkeys. The following video shows a way that uses the AHK Enterpad to trigger AutoHotkey scripts without any hotkeys:


6 thoughts on “Launching AutoHotkey automatically”

  1. For Windows 8 or 8.1 users, here is what you can do :

    Press Windows+R to open Run
    Type “shell:Startup” and click OK
    Put the file you want in the folder


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