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If you're running a Windows PC, knowing some critical DOS commands and how to navigate the Command prompt is a must!  

DOS has been around since the early 80's yet is still incredibly helpful when working on a Windows PC.  In this course we walk through the basics of using DOS, navigating the command prompt, getting help for any command and cover some great fundamentals.

You don't need to be an expert!  We start off with learning the basics and move towards more advanced commands that can be of great help if your Windows computer is not working properly.

We added a small tool that you can use to open a command prompt from whatever location you are. This will allow you to easily open a command prompt with the current folder. This saves tons of time when trying to perform some command on the current folder.

To use it you can download it from our site and run it. The program is a small AutoHotkey script and we provide the source code, so you have full control of verifying what it is doing.

This tool is completely free!   You will need to provide your email address to get the download.

During the course, we also show how you can leverage AutoHotkey,  a free scripting language, to negate the need of working from the command prompt.

While it may be hard to believe, sometimes things are actually easier to fix in DOS compared to working with Windows GUIs.  We cover some networking commands that will help troubleshoot some of the tricky topics.

We also show you how you can easily export your DOS window commands to a text file or to the clipboard (both of which are extremely helpful!)

If you're having issues with your hard drive we also walk you through how to "check it" as well as format it.

DOS has some pretty powerful commands to copy and move files.  We even cover how to search for files that contain text as well as use a regular expression in your search!

Start learning DOS today!  We never know when Windows will fail and learning the critical commands ahead of time will save you a lot of stress (not to mention $)

What you’ll learn

  • How to access & use DOS commands
  • Basic navigation and frequently used DOS commands
  • How to access help for any command
  • Commands that interact with other commands
  • DOS commands that save a ton of time by piping to clipboard or a file
  • File and folder manipulation
  • DOS Commands to check Networking functionality
  • How to use and create a batch file
  • How to use AutoHotkey with the command line

Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?

  • Windows computer
  • Desire to access the command prompt from a windows computer

Who this course is for:

  • Those that want to learn critical commands to help them work from the DOS command line
  • People that troubleshoot windows computers
  • Windows users that want to be able to access their computer when Windows will not load

August, 2022 AutoHotkey Newsletter

AHK Newsletter

 

Howdy %Name%,

AHKCon AHKCON – World’s first 🅰utoHotkey Conference!

We’re had an amazing time at AHKCon.   ⑧ hours of great learnings & conversations❗  We had a great turn-out and received great feedback

You can go here and see the results to the polls & get the chat files.

Now on with the show…

Sending “special” characters with ⒶⒽⓀ 😁❗

Ever try to send “special”  Uniocode characters (Non-ANSI)?  Emojis or non-English characters are often problematic to send.   Often it’s just that your file is not being saved in UTF-8 format however, for many people, encoding is a confusing topic so we made a simple tool to provide you with AutoHotkey syntax that will work regardless of your file encoding.    If you’d like to learn more about file encoding you should check out the webinar lead by Jean Lalonde.

How to send Unicode Characters with a Hotkey❗

How to send Unicode Characters with a Hotkey❗


Avoiding the coming catastrophe

AutoHotkey v2️ isn’t the default version now but it’s probably going to be pretty soon!   If you haven’t started working with it, now is an amazing time to loop over all of your AutoHotkey scripts adding the #Requires directive.  We wrote a little tool to make it easy for you!

Avoid the coming catastrophe 💣 and use this script today!

Avoid the coming catastrophe 💣 and use this script today!


Using all your keys

I have a TON of Hotkeys!  So many that I was actually having a hard time coming up with key combinations that weren’t already taken.  The other day Isaias and I were talking about looking at the #KeyHistory directive and he was explaining how easy it is to look at the Virtual Key (VC) and Scan Code (SC) to see if AutoHotkey can detect those “odd” keys on your keyboard.

How to map a mystery key to a hotkey | 🗺❓🔑

How to map a mystery key to a hotkey | 🗺❓🔑


Pasting plain text

More and more tools allow you to paste plain text however, when you have a program that doesn’t have that option, it’s a life-saver!   Most people would open Notepad, paste it, copy, it, and then paste it.  This of course is both time consuming and you “lose” the original clipboard.  In this video we show how you can tie it to a hotkey, and still have your original formatting!

the Naked Clipboard: Adding a GUI to Paste Plain Text AutoHotkey script


the Naked Clipboard: Adding a GUI to Paste Plain Text AutoHotkey script


📚 What we’re reading


⚡️Productivity tips

A clear routine is one commonality that most highly efficient people share.  Make sure you have a very regular schedule that you follow as best as you possibly can


🤣 A spot of Humor

The IT crowd – Truest moment about tech support


The IT crowd - Truest moment about tech support


 

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🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Put systems in place that will allow ordinary people to do extraordinary things
  • If you want something done, ask the busiest person you know to do it and stand back!
  • You have just as much time as: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Thomas Jefferson & Einstein. It’s all about prioritizing & staying focused

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August 4th, 2022 AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

It’s hard to believe but 🅰HKCon is here this Saturday August ❻th starting at 10 EDT❗

AHKCon

AHKCon is your chance to hear from, and talk with, AHK Experts❗  We have talking points for each topic below however we’re really hoping the event is interactive getting questions from you %name%.  If you haven’t signed up yet, you still can by going here.  We will be recording the conference but not live streaming.  Remember all times are in CDT.
Click here to see your converted time.

  • 10:00am-10:15 – Intro (Joe/Thom)
  • 10:15am-11:00 – AHK v1 vs v2 (Panel: Dimitri Geerts, Isaias, Tank, Joe/Thom)
  • 11:00am-12:00 – Programming approach, which to use & when (Panel: Maestrith, Tank, Isaias, Joe/Thom)
  • 12:00pm-1:00 – Objects / COM / Data structure (Lecture: Isaias & GeekDude[helping])
  • 1:00pm-1:30 – Lunch (Open discussion)
  • 1:30pm-2:30 – Regex/String Manipulation (Performance, simplicity, etc.) (Panel: Isaias , Maestrith, Joe/Thom)
  • 2:30pm-3:00 – IDEs: Which to use, When, Why (Panel: Isaias, Maestrith, Jackie, Joe/Thom)
  • 3:00pm-3:45 – Data storage approaches (Panel: Isaias, Maestrith, Jackie, Tank, Jean, Joe/Thom)
  • 3:45pm-4:00 – Closing (Joe/Thom)
  • 4:00pm-4:30 – Free open talk

We hope you can make it and are looking forward to your questions❗ If you’d like to hear more about
what to expect, you can watch this video


AHKCon Outline and Signup


Now on with the show…


Avoiding an 🅰HK Disaster

We suspect we’re getting close to 🅰HK V2️ being the default version of AutoHotkey.  If you haven’t developed with V2 yet, now is a wonderful time to add the #Requires directive to “all” of your scripts!  V2 is not backwards compatible and will “break” a lot of your scripts.   Since they should all be v1.1 right now it’s “easy”.  After you start working in V2, it will be much, much harder❗  Watch this video to see what our script does and how to avoid this horrible disaster

Avoid the coming catastrophe 💣 and use this script today!


Avoid the coming catastrophe 💣 and use this script today!

If you’re wanting to make the switch you might try the V1 ➡ V2 converter which works fairly well on simple scripts that don’t have GUIs


Mapping a Mystery Key

Do you have some extra keys on your keyboard but have no idea what they are / how to use them as a HotKey?  In this video explains some things to me that I didn’t know about Virtual keys and Scan Codes (even though I’d worked through this tutorial years ago, Isaias made it much, much easier to understand!

How to map a mystery key to a hotkey | 🗺❓🔑


How to map a mystery key to a hotkey | 🗺❓🔑


Pushing suggested changes back to a GIT repository

If you’re like me you’ve probably downloaded a few things from GIT and made some edits but never tried to push-back your changes to the original GIT repository.  In this video Isaias shows us it isn’t as complicated as you would think.

How to share changes back to a git repository ☁


How to share changes back to a git repository ☁

If you’re using 🆚Code it is far simper as Isaias had demonstrated in our Webinar on 🆚Code


📚 What we’re reading

harddrivecomparison


⚡️Productivity tips

Find yourself forgetting to do things?  Find a way to force yourself to remember something.  For instance, if you need to bring a cake the next day, put your car-keys with the cake and be careful not to pick up your keys w/o picking up the cake.  Don’t grab the keys saying to yourself “okay, I’ll remember to get the cake on my way out”.  Only pick them up together.  I do this for a lot of things around the house.  I’ll leave something in an obvious spot that I can’t miss it and, until I do the action I’m wanting to remember, I force myself not to move the visual cue. Word of warning: Spouses may have a compulsary need to put your cues away…


🤣 A spot of Humor

This is definitely me nearly every morning!  I wake up around 5:00 and think about all the things I could be doing.  Do you %Name%?

saturdayMorning


QAPbr Quick Access Popup news

We had a consultation call the other day with a client (thanks Kevin) that had a ton of HotStrings and HotKeys. After our call was over I spent a few minutes introducing him to the best tool I know for saving time: Quick Access Popup and he was estatic to see just how easy it is to use❗ Why aren’t you using this free tool❓


AHKHeroAnimation AHK Hero?

We created a private Telegram group for AHK Heroes and are also planning on having “Master classes” that will be exclusively available for AHK Heroes.  And don’t forget you get 25% off our premium courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.  And more…


🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • What I lack in Skills & Abilities I make up for with Optimism & Determination
  • If you have time to whine then you have time to find solution. Dee Dee Artner
  • The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. — Benjamin E. Mays

Live Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.



The-Automator

Joe and staff

P.S. Special thanks to the following for purchasing AHK hero membership to support the our wok:
Rodrigo C., Nathan N., Michael C., Miral P., Thomas K., Rune O., Thomas D., Tyler F., Guy M., Dale W.,
Robert P., Gil C., Mathew F., Ernestas G.,and Philip L.

Intermediate AutoHotkey / How to Automate your Windows PC Course

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Intermediate AutoHotkey / Getting past the basics

Here we take a deeper-dive into how to automate your Windows PC. With over 5 hours of course time, you’re sure to level-up your automating with AutoHotkey! Sign-up to my alerts between now and June 1st and you’ll have a chance to win one of 10 free-access to the Intermediate course! Among other things we take a deep-dive into using Controls, play with the Windows Registry, Tackle 5 types of loops and jump into using Objects. Here's a high-level overview of what you'll learn
  • How to use many built-in AutoHotkey functions (and create your own)
  • How to use the Amazing built-in tools to AutoHotkey that can connect to Windows programs
  • Introduction to objects in AutoHotkey
  • Where free resources are available for continue their journey learning AutoHotkey
  • 5 types of loops in AutoHotkey
  • How to use Set Timers to give the appearance of multi-threading
  • How to Save and Load data via ini files
  • How to Read and Write to the Windows registry
  • How to manipulate programs using built-in Controls
  • How to automate programs using their menus
  • How to use Simple and Associative Arrays
  • How to use AutoHotkey objects

You can get the course by clicking here. Remember, you can get a 25% discount by becoming an AHK Hero.

Short list of frequently used AutoHotkey Objects

Here’s a short list of frequently used AutoHotkey Objects (Classes, Functions and COM Objects).  If you think I forgot a popular one, please let me know
If you’re new to working with Objects, your Intermediate Objects course walks you through how to use them.  After learning functions, Objects are the next huge way to “level up”
Intro to Classes

Commonly used AutoHotkey Objects / Classes:

  • Advanced ListViews by Pulover: do advanced functionality with Listviews
  • AHKhttp by Skittlez: create a Basic HTTP Server
  • BarChart by Learning One: Create bar charts with the GDI+ library
  • Chrome.ahk by GeekDude: Automate Chrome
  • CLR by Lexikos: Loads the Common Language Runtime
  • cURL-wrapper by RaptorX: Performa API calls with CURL
  • Edit by jballi: update and manage any Edit control
  • Excel Charts by Xx7: Automate graphs in Excel
  • FindText by feiyue: Find images w/o saving files
  • GDI+ Library-Compilation Extended compilation by marius-sucan
  • HTMLGUI by Maestrith: Build custom GUIs leveraging HTML and CSS
  • JSON libraries: ahk by GeekDude, json.ahk by Chunjee, JSON and Jxon by coco
  • Messagebox by Maestrith: Easily peak into objects, copy text, add buttons, etc.
  • MCode4GCC — C/C++ to MCode Generator by joedf Generate machine code MCode
  • MenuMaker by Maestrith: Make creating menus a breeze
  • MySQL by just me: Connect to mySQL databases
  • Neutron by GeekDude: Build custom GUIs
  • Notify by Maestrith: Easily display notifications to your users
  • ObjectCSV by Jean Lalonde: Manipulate text files with ease
  • Particle System by tidbit: Create a particle system with the GDI+ Library
  • Rufaydium by Xeo786: Automate browsers with WebDrivers
  • Scintilla wrapper: by RaptorX: Utilize the scintilla GUI
  • Simple GDI class by GeekDude: Simplified usage of GDI+ library
  • SQLite by Maestrith: Connect to SQLite databases
  • Toolbar by Pulover: Easily build and maintain Toolbars
  • UIAutomation by Descolada & Jethrow
  • UIAutomation by Jethrow, UIAutomation for v2 by thqby: Inspect the UIAutomation architecture
  • WebSockets by GeekDude: Create and manage WebSockets
  • WinClip by Deo: Access, Set, Read the Windows Clipboard Zip Download
  • WinSCP by Lipkau: Automate FTPS transfers with WinSCP
  • XML by Maestrith: Easily parse XML files

Commonly used COM Objects: