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How to easily change your default AutoHotkey editor with AHKEditSwap!

default AutoHotkey editor AHK EditSwapWe all have our favorite default AutoHotkey editor / AutoHotkey IDE to edit in however sometimes you want to switch editors.  Not all editors make this easy!  AHK Studio has a built in way to set it as the default editor (in the omni search type default editor), however you can’t easily switch it back to what was default before it.   SciTE4AutoHotkey will ask at first-run if you want it o be the default editor however after that you’re on your own.  It doesn’t matter if you’re using Visual Studio, Notepadd++, or Notepad as your default AutoHotkey editor.  This just keeps track of your registry settings and allows you to, easily, swap them without actually monkeying with your registry!

AHKEditSwap is an AutoHotkey script that will keep track of your editors and make it easy revert back to previous editors.  If you’re wanting to try out a different AutoHotkey IDE, use Edit Swap to easily customize your default AutoHotkey editor.  Or, if you’re working on someone else’s computer, use AHKEditSwap to easily change back and forth so you can use your favorite AHK IDE and so can the default user!

You can download AHKEditSwap here

How to change your default AutoHotkey editor with AHKEditSwap!

How to easily create Bar Charts with AutoHotkey and the GDI+ library: 10 Amazing Examples!

create Bar Charts with AutoHotkeyIn an AutoHotkey webinar a few years back I demonstrated how to easily create Bar Charts with AutoHotkey

I went back and excerpted the content which you can watch the below video to see just how easy it is to create bar charts with AutoHotkey!  You can see the original post (with lots of examples & documentation) from Learning One on the old forum or jump to the continued thread on the new forum (but not many resources).

BTW- if you’re wondering how to save the image as a file (for use in other tools) you can see this post where he shows how to save the graph as a PNG

How to easily create Bar Charts with AutoHotkey

Use AHK Toolkit to help test and develop AutoHotkey code

Around 10 years ago RaptorX developed a great tool entitled AHK Toolkit.  

Main features:

  • Create hotkeys to launch programs or scripts without need to restart the script
  • Create normal or multi-line hotstrings on the fly also without needing to restart the script
    • They can be ahk commands as well.
  • Small Editor to write and execute autohotkey scripts even when you dont have autohotkey installed in the PC
    • I use it to test code without having to save a file for it, but this really shines when the script is compiled and you are in a pc that does not have AHK installed.
  • Auto run selected code
    • If you Ctrl + Alt Click selected text that is ahk code it will be run automatically.
  • Detect AutoHotkey scripts copied to the clipboard and allow you to upload it to a pastebin service or save it to a file.
    • This little gem copies the link of the created pastebin to the clipboard.
    • If you use AutoHotkey.net as the pastebin. you can specify a nickname and your paste will be auto announced in IRC channel.
    • It also auto replace #Include files by the actual files. no more: “oh i forgot to mention that there are includes there… remove those lines!”.
  • Open the help file and search for the word below the cursor using a hotkey of your preference.
  • Use a secondary hotkey to open online documentation if there is no help file in your computer. If you are in the forum this function will add [url] tags on the word so that it becomes clickable after posting.

Secondary features:

  • Auto run selected code
    • If you Ctrl + Alt Click selected text that is ahk code it will be run automatically. You can also Ctrl + Alt Drag to select the text and once you let go of the Left Mouse button the script will run.
  • Alt + Click on a window will take a screen shot of it and upload it to an anonymous Imageshack acount if you did not specify one on the options. The link will be copied to the Clipboard for easy share.
  • Alt + Dragging the mouse will take a screen shot of the selected area and do the same as above.

How to create Dark Themed GUIs with AutoHotkey

We’ve had several calls discussing Dark Themed GUIs so I thought I’d create a page discussing them.

During the October 8th Live AutoHotkey Support, Dimitri Geertz showed us some of the cool work he’s done code he got that updates GUIs with a style.


I demonstrated in this video with the following download


In the second hour of the AutoHotkey webinar Dimitri showed some more work he’d done


Lastly I had the below call with Jean Lalonde, Dimitri Geerts, and Chad Wilson / Maestrith.  One example Dimitri cited was from this post.

The second half of this call Maestrith was demonstrating how easy it is to make highly customizable GUIs with this HTMLGui Class