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August, 10th, 2023 AutoHotkey Newsletter

August 10th, 2023 AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter

Want to become an Automation expert?

According to James Clear (in Atomic Habits) our identity emerges out of our habits.  We aren’t born with preset beliefs. Every belief, including those about ourselves, is learned and conditioned through experience.

More precisely, our habits are how we embody our identity.

The more you repeat a behavior, the more you reinforce the identity associated with that behavior.

In fact, the word identity was originally derived from the Latin words essentitas, which means being, and identidem, which means repeatedly.

Your identity is literally your repeated beingness

Whatever your identity is right now, you only believe it because you have proof of it.

  • If you go to church every Sunday, you have evidence that you are religious.
  • If you study biology every night, you have evidence that you are studious.
  • If you go to the gym, even when it’s snowing, you have evidence you’re committed to fitness.

The more evidence you have for a belief, the more strongly you will believe it.

This is why I highly recommend you schedule time each week on your calendar for learning AutoHotkey

There are many AHK Hero members that are on our calls every week.  And it’s super obvious they are becoming automation experts!  By regularly attending our calls, contributing to the private Telegram chat, and working through our AutoHotkey courses they are becoming true automation experts!  We can tell because we see what they’re working on and are often inspired by their scripts.

Why don’t you join?  Here are a list of common objections why most people don’t join and our best response to their concerns.  Most members realize the membership is an investment in themselves!  Sign up now!  I guarantee you will be happy with your choice!

Now on with the show…

Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

How to Use AutoHotkey without Installing it

Most of us are fortunate enough to have admin rights on our computers.   Sometimes, especially in Corporate America, we have to jump through hoops to get AutoHotkey installed.  (Think about how crazy that is!  We have to fight to install a tool that will make us more efficient, productive, and accurate).

Anyway, sometimes it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission and just use AutoHotkey without installing it.   In this video Isaias and I show how you can easily use AutoHotkey if you have access to the AutoHotkey executable.

Using AutoHotkey without installing it
Using AutoHotkey without installing it

Quickly Comparing Lists

Irfan and I were discussing using colors to help convey relationships in a GUI.  I asked him if he’d seen the Compare Sets script I wrote some years back.  When you have a list of items and you’re trying to understand which ones are unique and which ones overlap it is a HUGE time saver!  This script is a “must have” to keep in your AHK toolbox.

The tool breaks out the two lists into three, distinct, groups. It also provides hotkeys that allow you to easily copy the items in each one to the clipboard.

Easily Compare lists / comparing sets Sets with AutoHotkey
Easily Compare lists / comparing sets Sets with AutoHotkey

Getting the Text Under your Mouse

While the built-in OCR on our Window Snipping tool is pretty amazing, a lot of programs let UIA peek inside it to grab text.  This tool uses UIA to, programmatically, get the text under your mouse.  It can be a life-saver!  You can learn more here in this video.

🖱️ Get the scoop on the text under your mouse with AutoHotkey : Works in most Windows programs❗️
🖱️ Get the scoop on the text under your mouse with AutoHotkey : Works in most Windows programs❗️

Before you Wipe your system…

A couple of weeks ago I made the plunge and switched to Windows 11.   I asked Isaias to join me on this call to discuss what I should keep before wiping my C:\drive / Windows Install.    Thankfully the vast majority of my files are stored under DropBox.  This includes things like: My Desktop, Documents, Pictures, etc.  We did go through some of the places where Windows stores settings that I wasn’t clear on…

Wiping my system before installing Windows
Wiping my system before installing Windows

Hiding a program from the Taskbar

Often when I’m recording my screen I’d like to remove the tool I’m using from the TaskBar.  In this video I show how this can easily be achieved with AutoHotkey.  Obviously there are other reasons you might want to do this (most are ethical)

🔥 Master the Art: Hiding Programs Like a Pro
🔥 Master the Art: Hiding Programs Like a Pro

📚 What we’re reading

🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage

⚡️Productivity tips:  Prioritizing your Tasks

Remember saying “I don’t have time” really means that it is not a priority.  If someone offered you a ton of cash to do whatever you claim you don’t have time for…you’d probably find the time!  We all priortize what we do; understanding that is key!

🤣 A spot of Humor:  One of my favorite bits!

The Expert
The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch)

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 call is geared towards people new to AutoHotkey.)

🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe, It Can Achieve. Napoleon Hill
  • Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe Abraham Lincoln
  • If the world should blow itself up tomorrow, the last audible voice would be an expert saying: it can’t be done Peter Ustinov
  • Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded Yogi Berra


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Joe, Isaias, Irfan, and staff

P.S. Your habits define you (over time).  This is one of the main reasons why I recommend you block time on your calendar for learning AutoHotkey.   As I mentioned above, we’ve been seeing Hero Members really level-up their skills!  When you join the AHK hero club you are making the commitment to yourself to become an AHK expert!  Do it now!

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