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AutoHotkey News February 22nd 2024- Becoming a Customer for Life😁

Howdy,

Back in 2005 I’d moved to Oklahoma City, OK to be the Director of Research for Six Flags.  Shortly after moving their I’d purchased my first home and was learning how, every weekend, was filled with new chores.

When spring hit, I learned I had a drainage problem in my back yard as it would turn into a mud-pit after a medium rain.   A friend recommended I call “Mr. Rooter” to investigate putting in a French drain. 

The owner (presumably Mr. Rooter) came out and examined the problem.  He told me that he could, in fact, put in a French drain however it would merely be masking the problem.   The real problem was that the majority of my roof dumped water into the backyard, and I didn’t have gutters.   If I were to get gutters and divert the water, I wouldn’t have the drainage problem.

I thanked him for his time and offered to pay something for his trip out however he was adamant that he didn’t want any money for his time.   I told him he’d made a “customer for life” as now I trusted him. 

Very few people offer valuable free advice.  Nor are they likely to suggest an approach that doesn’t make them money

It’s one of the things I’m very proud that we also do.  We often have calls where we help people and will suggest an alternative method if we’re not a great fit for the project.  We’re truly doing consultative work.  It’s also why our AHK Courses offer 200% money back guarantee!

Now on with the show…

Become a Power user Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

Understanding a COM object, DLLs, Classes & Functions

During a team meeting Rizwan asked us for a quick overview of the Excel COM object. Isaias and I discussed what COM objects are and how they’re related to DLL calls and Functions in this video.

While not specifically on Excel, our Functions, Classes & COM object course can give you a great start into Object Oriented Programming.  Don’t forget, our courses come with an amazing 200% money back guarantee!

Learning about the Excel COM object, classes, functions, etc.
Learning about the Excel COM object, classes, functions, etc.


Advanced tips on Selecting text from the Keyboard

This morning I released another extract from our Rise Above PC Incompetence course.  In this video we show some great ways to select text with the keyboard.  This course is a great way to level-up your skills and become a power user!  Don’t miss it!

😲Advanced Tips on Selecting Text with the Keyboard⌨️ (Course Extract)
😲Advanced Tips on Selecting Text with the Keyboard⌨️ (Course Extract)


How to Easily Identify Overlap in Lists

When I worked at Texas Instruments I created a simpler version of this script to easily compare two lists.  The version I demonstrate in this video has been converted to AHK v2 but added some extra bells & whistles.  Now you can decide if you want to do the comparison case insensitive as well as trim the white-space from each row.   We also leverage our amazing v2 Notify class to show you the contents of what is copied when you hit the hotkey.  You can grab both versions of this script here.

How to Easily Compare lists of Items
How to Easily Compare lists of Items


Your first Hotkey in AHK v2

In this extract of Intro to AutoHotkey v2 we show you how to setup your very first Hotkey!  If you don’t know, Hotkeys are why the creator started AutoHotkey.   People from AutoIt didn’t see the value and didn’t want to add them so he ported AutoIt to AutoHotkey and a legend was born!   Hotkeys in V2 are a little more complicated to setup but you can get the gist of it watching this video.

Intro to Hotkeys in AutoHotkey v2: AHK tutorial
Intro to Hotkeys in AutoHotkey v2: AHK tutorial


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips:

There’s a time to question everything and a time to “gette’r done”.   Make sure you realize which is appropriate for you at that moment and do it


🤣 A spot of Humor Be honest: Is this YOU?

Are you using AutoHotkey wrong?
Are you using AutoHotkey wrong?


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #33

This week while going over some tools we’ll be releasing soon I discovered some bugs.  An important rule to remember is the more functionality you add, the likelihood of bugs increases exponentially…

What we automated with AutoHotkey #33
What we automated with AutoHotkey #33


AHK Hero 🦸

Consider joining the 🦸AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc. 

They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 3 hours a week where we help people with their AHK issues (the Saturday calls are geared towards people new to AutoHotkey.)


🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Ideas fade away if you don’t write them down Dan Kennedy
  • Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first 4 sharpening the axe Abraham Lincoln
  • A major reason for procrastination and lack of motivation is vagueness, confusion, and fuzzy minded thinking about what you are trying to do and in what order and for what reason Brian Tracy
  • The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it Henry David

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Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff


P.S. It’s sad to me that most businesses don’t put their customer’s needs before their own.  When you put the customer’s needs before your own you’ll never have a hard time finding work.  When you put your needs before others you’ll constantly be needing to feed your business with new clients.  Give us a try and, I guarantee, you’ll have an amazing experience

AutoHotkey News, Feb 15th, 2024 Hating Kermit

Howdy %Name%,

When I attended undergrad my mentor, TK Clarke, mentioned how he thought Kermit / Sesame Street gave a false preconception that “learning should be easy”.  While there are things that can to make it “easier” to learn, I do understand his point.   Learning is “work” as your brain is, literally, “writing new pathways” in our brains🧠.

One thing we like to do in our AHK Courses is to create “bite-size” videos (usually between 3 and 6 minutes) so people can focus on one thing and not try to learn too many things all at once.  We also put a lot of thought into the “flow” of our courses so people have  a clear path to follow (this is especially helpful since AutoHotkey is a vast & robust language).

We also reduce the stress level of our students by offering a 200% money-back guarantee.

In our AHK Hero club, we tailor our answers to the skill / knowledge level of the member that asked the question.  We even break up the calls where Friday we do more advanced topics and Saturdays are more “entry level” topics.

So, while hating on Kermit might be legit, it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing type mindset.

Now on with the show…

Become a Power user Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

General AutoHotkey Tips

Every week we spend hours in zoom helping each other level-up.  Sometimes I’ll hit record when I think we might be talking about something that will help y’all.  In this video Isaias helps us learn some great AutoHotkey tips & tricks.

General AutoHotkey Tips /the-Automator.com team meeting
General AutoHotkey Tips /the-Automator.com team meeting


💖Feeling AutoHotkey Love 💘

Valentines day was earlier this week.  We offered 40% off on all our courses.  The offer was just for February 14th but I’ve extended the sale through tomorrow just in case you didn’t have time to respond.  You can read the email and get the discounts here.  Incidentally, I sent a separate email, offering 50% discount, to people that signed up for alerts on deals.

How to Get Deals on the Automator.com
How to Get Deals on the Automator.com


Updating A GUI doesn’t have to be Painful!

A lot of people use tools that create GUIs.  These, on their surface, seem great however, when you go to update the GUI, it becomes a nightmare because everything is “locked into place”.  In this video Isaias shows us that, if you’ve built the GUI well, updating a GUI doesn’t have to be painful. If you’d like to learn more about creating GUIs I highly recommend you check out our GUIs are Easy course.  Don’t forget we take all the risk for you because we offer a 200% money-back guarantee!

Updating a Well Designed AutoHotkey GUI
Updating a Well Designed AutoHotkey GUI


AHK Save as Updater by  Spracklen Design

Earlier this week I thought of a very simple script we should create that will help when saving files of a similar type.   Earlier today Irfan finished the first version and, perhaps next week, we’ll release it.  As I was writing this week’s AHK Newsletter I searched YouTube and happened to see this video which is a more advanced version of what I’d though of.  It’s always cool to see how other people are using AutoHotkey…  (It’s one thing I love about our AHK hero calls)

AHK Save As Updater
AHK Save As Updater


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Excel Insert Tab

If you’re like me and often “insert” things in Excel you’ll love to learn that Alt+N will jump you to the Insert Ribbon in Excel.


🤣 A spot of Humor This must be based off a True Story

George’s Underwear Photoshoot
George's Underwear Photoshoot | The Package | Seinfeld


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #32

We’ve had quite a busy week here at the-Automator.  We’re very close to releasing some more tools and, in this video, I explain much of the other things we’ve been working on with AutoHotkey this past week.

What we automated with AutoHotkey # 32
What we automated with AutoHotkey # 32


AHK Hero 🦸

Consider joining the 🦸AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.

They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 3 hours a week where we help people with their AHK issues (the Saturday calls are geared towards people new to AutoHotkey.)


🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Time spent alone in silence can yield breakthrough insights Dave Dee
  • Work harder on yourself than you do on your job Jim Rohn
  • Motion beats meditation Gary Halbert
  • A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.

AHK Newsletter⏩SHARE WITH A FRIEND⏩

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The-Automator

Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff


P.S.  Our AHK hero members all agree, they learn an incredible amount during our Hero calls.  With our new low-price introductory offer you have very little to lose.  Sign up now and give it a try?

Get some AutoHotkey Love💘

Hey there, fellow AutoHotkey enthusiasts!

Joe Glines here, bringing a little love and automation to your inbox just in time for Valentine’s Day! Now, I know what you’re thinking, “What does AutoHotkey have to do with Valentine’s Day?” Well, let me tell you, it’s all about love. The love for efficiency, the passion for automation, and the sheer joy of making your digital life not just easier, but delightful. And if you love AutoHotkey as much as I do, I’ve got something special just for you.

This Valentine’s Day, I want to spread the love by offering an irresistible deal that’s sure to make your heart skip a beat. We’re talking a whopping 40% off all of our AutoHotkey courses. Yes, you heard that right! Whether you’re just starting to flirt with AutoHotkey or you’re already in a committed relationship, there’s something for everyone. It’s our way of saying thank you for being part of this amazing community and for sharing our love for AutoHotkey.

Imagine automating those mundane tasks, crafting scripts that work like magic, and having more time to spend on what truly matters—now that’s what I call a love story. And with our courses, you’ll be whispering sweet nothings to your computer, watching it respond to your every command. It’s not just about making life easier; it’s about discovering the joy and creativity that AutoHotkey brings into our lives.

Don’t forget, all of our courses come with a 200% money-back guarantee.  That’s right, if you’re not completely satisfied within the first 30 days not only do we refund you what you paid for it but we DOUBLE IT!

So, are you ready to fall in love all over again? Head over to the-Automator.com and use the code LOVEAHK2024 at checkout to claim your 40% discount. But like all great love stories, this offer won’t last forever. It’s just for Valentine’s Day, so don’t wait too long, or you might just miss out on this love affair.

If you want to avoid having to add the discount code you can use the below links:

AutoHotkey V2 Courses

AutoHotkey V1 Courses

General Courses

And hey, while you’re diving into the wonders of AutoHotkey, don’t forget to check out our extensive AutoHotkey YouTube channel. It’s packed with free tutorials, tips, and tricks to help you deepen your relationship with AutoHotkey. From beginner’s guides to advanced techniques, we’ve got everything you need to keep the flame burning.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and here’s to discovering the power of love and AutoHotkey!

With love and scripts,

Joe Glines

P.S. Remember, the code LOVEAHK2024 is your key to unlocking 40% off all our courses. Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day, because nothing says “I love you” like the gift of automation. Visit the-Automator.com now and start your love affair with AutoHotkey.

AutoHotkey Newsletter Feb 8th, 2024

Howdy,

Do you notice anything strange about my front door?

A couple of years ago we added two rooms to our house.  The above door is the main entrance to the house.  The contractor drilled the top peep-hole and then told me it was done.  From the look I gave him he knew I wasn’t happy but didn’t understand why.  He quoted a spec that typical peep holes are installed at 5’ 5 inches high.   I then asked my wife to come into the room.

You see, my wife is 4’ 9” tall.  Even on her tippiest of tippy-toes she had no hope of being able to look-out of the door.  Someone suggested we just keep a box near the door so she could stand on it to peak outside.  I care much more about functionality than looks so I just had him drill another hole that would allow her to see outside.

This is similar to publicly available tools like Excel, Word, Chrome, etc. vs. having custom programs written for you.   Things made for the general public need to be a “one size fits all” whereas, when clients hire us to create custom programs, or to write scripts that change the default behavior of public tools, we come up with tools that are specific to their needs.   Yes, they pay more for the tool, however now the tools shave off time every time they use it. 

If you have a tool you’re not happy with, or want to create a custom tool that will save you time, feel free to reach out to us and we can have a discovery call to see how we can save you Time and Money!

Now on with the show…

Become a Power user Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

Get a super deal on the AHK Hero club

Our AHK hero members know that the AHK Hero club is an amazing deal!  But non-members have a really difficult time “seeing” the value of the group.  If you’ve been hesitant to join, we are , temporarily, offering the first month of the AHK Hero group for 💲1.99.  You can learn more about the AHK hero club here and sign up for this amazing deal here or by watching this video.  Also, if saving money is your thing, you can sign up for email alerts so you can be one of the first to hear about our sales.

How to Get Deals on the Automator.com
How to Get Deals on the Automator.com


Getting the Path to the Active File

We recently released this gem of a tool that allows you to use the same hotkey to get the active path of the file across many programs.   And, if you’re in a browser, you can select text and hit your hotkey to get a “pretty” hyperlink tied to the URL you were on.  You can get this great “must have” script here!  We walk through using the tool in this video.

How to easily get the Path of your active file with AutoHotkey
How to easily get the Path of your active file with AutoHotkey


Web Scraping vs API calls

Our AHK hero members were asking about API calls during last week’s Hero Calls.  We didn’t have the time to get into them during that call but we do plan on having an exclusive webinar for them in the future.  Meanwhile, in this video I discuss the overlap between Web Scraping and API calls.

Webscraping verse API calls: What’s the difference?

Webscraping verse API calls: What's the difference?


Rise Above PC Incompetence

In this extract of our new course you can pick up some simple tips for copying / moving files & folders.  Our course is 4 hours long and filled with great tips & tricks that will turn you into an amazing Power User!  Don’t forget, our courses come with a 200% money-back guarantee!

Beyond the Basics: Tips on Dragging files in Explorer (Course Extract)
Beyond the Basics: Tips on Dragging files in Explorer (Course Extract)


Team meeting: Learning tips about using the FileObject in AHK

During one of our team meetings Isaias helped level up Irfan and Rizwan about using the FileObject.  You can learn a lot by watching the meeting in this video.

Working with the FileObject in AutoHotkey Team Meetings
Working with the FileObject in AutoHotkey  Team Meetings


📚 What we’re reading

Why is @ on your computer keyboard?
Why is @ on your computer keyboard?


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips:  Excel Data Ribbon🎀

If you’re like me you’re often navigating to the Excel Data Tab.  Did you know Alt+A will jump you directly to the Data Ribbon.  You can download a list of 392 more hotkeys here.


🤣 A spot of Humor Government websites

This video is a bit over-the-top but not that far off from the truth

Every Government Website Ever 🤦♀️ | Utopia #shorts
Every Government Website Ever 🤦♀️ | Utopia #shorts


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #31

TLDR: AHK is a powerful tool for automating a wide range of tasks, from file comparison to web scraping to program functions, making it incredibly useful for increasing productivity.  In this video I discuss what we automated last week (End of January 2024).

What we automated with AutoHotkey Episode #31
What we automated with AutoHotkey Episode #31


AHK Hero 🦸

Consider joining the 🦸AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc. 

They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 3 hours a week where we help people with their AHK issues (the Saturday calls are geared towards people new to AutoHotkey.)


🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe, It Can Achieve Napoleon Hill
  • Find & hire people that are over-performing in crappy jobs Dan Kennedy
  • The strength of your business is based more on your customers, than your products / services — Joe Glines

AHK Newsletter⏩SHARE WITH A FRIEND⏩

Do you know someone that would benefit from learning useful automation tips like the gems in today’s issue?  Take a second and forward this newsletter and bask in the glow of their undying gratitude.  Was this email forwarded to you?

Sign up for this Newsletter hereWe never share your email with anyone.  Ever!


The-Automator

Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff


P.S.  Our work at the-Automator is fairly well divided between: Creating Online AHK Courses, Tutoring people (like in the AHK Hero club and Consulting calls) and building custom programs for clients.  Feel free to reach out and schedule an appointment to decide which one is right for you!