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August 8th, 2023 AutoHotkey Newseltter

AutoHotkey Newsletter

Thankfully we’ve been getting really busy at the-Automator which is great!

We’re getting a lot of client requests for work and working on a few courses. But we’re getting so busy I realized I need to rethink where I should be spending my time.

My general goal is to stop doing things that don’t matter and only work on the things that really make a difference. In this video I discuss how learned about “time vampires” from Dan Kennedy in this book.

Also, now that I have both Isaias and Irfan working full time, I can delegate some tasks and focus on the things I do best (marketing / lead gen / business strategy). Deciding what you can /should hand off to others isn’t easy, but it is time well spent.

Currently I’m handing out more responsibility and ensuring they have what they need to be successful and keep our clients happy 😁

I highly encourage you go through a process to identify what you really should be doing and what can be handed off to someone else. It’s a liberating (and somewhat terrifying) process but it is a great way to get more time on your hands.

Obviously we also use AutoHotkey to automate much of what we do. Currently we spend around 29% of our time automating internal systems & tasks. We could automate less of our work and make more money by doing client work or creating courses however, investing in ourselves is part of my long-term strategy that I’m not willing to sacrifice!

So  what can you stop doing entirely or delegate to someone else so you can focus on what matters now?

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

Variables in AutoHotkey

If you’re new to AutoHotkey, learning how to use variables in AutoHotkey is a game-changer. This video is an extract from our Intro to AutoHotkey course. It’s a great example how simple our course breaks things down.

How to use Variables in AutoHotkey v2 Extract from Intro to AHK in v2
How to use Variables in AutoHotkey v2 Extract from Intro to AHK in v2


Forcing an Expression in v2

While those of use that have moved to AutoHotkey v2 probably thought we were no longer going to have to “force an expression“, In this video Isaias walks us through why we still do have to at times. This is not a “pretty” solution but it does get the job done.

tatm:Forcing an Expression in AHK v2 to get around illegal chacter in JSON
tatm:Forcing an Expression in AHK v2 to get around illegal chacter in JSON


Resetting the AutoHotkey file associations

For some reason several of our AHK Hero members have been losing the file association with AutoHotkey v2. Meaning, when they double-click a file with an .ahk extension, it will often open in an editor. We’re pretty sure it is SciTE4AutoHotkey but not sure why… Anyway, v2 has a simple way to fix this however, in this video, we demonstrate how to take care of it regardless of what version of AutoHotkey you are using.

Fixing Lost association of AutoHotkey executable
Fixing Lost association of AutoHotkey executable


Intro to AutoHotkey v2

If you’re new to AutoHotkey, this is a great 15 minute video walking you through many of the “need to know” things. If you want to learn more, get our Intro to AutoHotkey in v2 course. It has over 4 hours of content (most videos are 3-5 minutes) and comes with a “double your money back” guarantee.

Intro to AutoHotkey Version 2 | Learn to automate programs with AHK v2

Intro to AutoHotkey Version 2 | Learn to automate programs with AHK v2


Are you using AutoHotkey wrong?
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Resizing apps using AutoHotkey

While I really dislike videos that don’t have people talking, I do love to see other channels making videos on AutoHotkey. Hopefully more people learn just how powerful AutoHotkey is and want to learn more!  Don’t worry, our courses explain (with words) how to do what you want with AutoHotkey!

What happens if you resize non-resizable apps using AutoHotkey in different versions of Windows?
What happens if you resize non-resizable apps using AutoHotkey in different versions of Windows?


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Ctrl + Shift + L: in MS Outlook

Did you know you can Create a new distribution list in Outlook by hitting Control+Shift+L? Personally I like to keep my lists in Quick Access Popup but this is a nice one if you have specific groups of people you frequently write to.


🤣 A spot of Humor: A bit of justice served up “hot”

ELECTRIC BAIT BIKE PRANK PART 2!!
ELECTRIC BAIT BIKE PRANK PART 2!!


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

  • 🤣If the world should blow itself up tomorrow, the last audible voice would be an expert saying: it can’t be done Peter Ustinov
  • As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another Proverbs 27:17
  • Sometimes you gotta take one for the team. John Carlton
  • You can observe a lot by just watching Yogi Berra

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Here’s a great quote from the brilliant Milton Friedman: “I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it’s possible”

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