AutoHotkey – Display an on-screen message

When I use AutoHotkey to run background tasks, download files and prepare backups, I want to know what happens without wondering if it is really working or not. Also, I like to be prompted and to confirm actions before running them. There is a command in AutoHotkey, MsgBox, that displays a message box on screen. … Read more

Make many Enterpads out of one

For those of you who own an Enterpad programmable keyboard, you probably have had to replace a useful macro with another more useful one… because you had used every available key on your keyboard. When having 120 spaces is no longer enough, you need to find more space quickly to keep yourself efficient. However, you … Read more

5 Reasons To Love AutoHotkeys

If you are not already a fan of this software, then you will be by the end of this post. And if you are a fan, you can read on to enjoy the exhilarating feeling of smugness about your intelligence in using it. 1. You can automate anything.. or at least absolutely any task that your computer is capable of … Read more

Replacing a standard keyboard with an Enterpad for the disabled

Many of the disabled have trouble using a standard computer keyboard. An Enterpad can be substituted for a standard keyboard and many of these problems can be eliminated. Some problems with standard keyboard include: By assigning the same character to adjacent keys you in effect create a key of twice the size. This gives a … Read more

5 Ways To Prevent RSI

Computers have become an indispensable part of life for most of us, whether we like it or not. While their benefits in terms of efficiency and convenience are undeniable, so is their impact on humanity almost as great as the discovery of fire and wheel. But like everything else in this world, they come with their own set of problems … Read more

AutoHotKey Scripting Basics – The RunWait Command

The RunWait command is an extension of the Run command. However, as the name suggest, the RunWait command waits for the specified program to finish executing before continuing. To simplify further, let’s consider once again the multi-line script example from the previous post: #m:: Run Notepad.exe Run Run Calc.exe Run return As I explained before, … Read more

Finding an easier way to get it done

Every single computer user – beginner or savvy – will experiment someday the benefits of using keyboard shortcuts, and adopt them fast enough. The good old copy-and-paste, used with the Ctrl combination key, allows saving precious seconds in the lives of both a programmer and a secretary. As an IT manager, I am of course … Read more

AutoHotKey Script – Launching Calculator

In my opinion, one of the most useful applications included with Windows is their calculator. But the one thing that always chafed was the long access path. Think about it, in the time that it takes to go through Start–>Programs–>Accessories–> Calculator, you could probably do some of the calculations yourself. Of course, it gets easier with … Read more

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 … Read more