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AutoHotkey [Download of the Day].

India, Aug. 11 -- AutoHotkey is an incredibly lightweight open-source utility that allows users to assign hotkeys and macro actions to almost any operation in Windows. Powerful, AutoHotkey can really save time and tedious clicking, especially for repetitive or complex operations in your daily computer experience. Users will find they've extremely easy access to various functions and programs, and can simply remap keys on their mouses, joysticks/gamepads, and keyboards.

There are plenty of great features to be found within the 1.95MB download/2.5MB installed AutoHotkey software, and the degree of customizability, while expected for this sort of software, is still remarkable. Based on scripting similar in syntax to BASIC, AutoHotkey gives both expert users a wide range of functions, and makes it really simple for novice users with its macro recorder and syntax-checker.

Here are some of the major command sets and assistance users can use:

Environment management

File, directory and disk management

Flow of Control


GUI, MsgBox, InputBox and others

Keyboard control

Mouse control

Math commands

Misc commands

Process management

Registry management

Sound commands

String managment

Window management

Scripts will be executed by the program, and contain a series of user-defined commands, which can also include hotkeys and hotstrings (text that will expand when abbreviated, or also perform an action). A simple example is given below:

To create a new script:

1. Right-click an empty spot on your desktop or in a folder of your choice.

2. In the menu that appears, select New -> AutoHotkey Script.

3. Type a name for the file, ensuring that it ends in .ahk. For example: Test.ahk

4. Right-click the file and choose Edit Script.

5. On a new blank line, type the following:

6. #space::Run

7. Save and close the file

8. Double-click the file to load the script

9. Press hotkey (Windows button and space bar) to execute it

Now # refers to the Windows button, and space to the space bar. This results being opened by your default browser whenever you press the Windows button in conjunction with the space bar. Just as simply, you could access a program, a document, and email address, simply substituting with the relevant path/address when using the Run command.

There's plenty a user can do, from expanding abbreviations to creating custom data-entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars, even create turn scripts into EXE files, or respond remote control input. Its capabilities are limitless. As anyone who's had any hands-on programming experience will now, anything is possible, based dependant only on the limits of your ingenuity. If comprehension = 0, then run terminate.bat

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