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AutoHotkey News 5/30- Holding over $1 Million dollars in Cash


During a hero call the other day we were discussing how some companies “lock down” and restrict employee’s admin rights to their computers which can make getting AutoHotkey installed.   It reminded me of when I went to work for Brinks (the armor truck company).  

Because of the financial nature of our business at Brinks our PCs and phones severely locked down.  I didn’t think to confirm I’d be able to install AutoHotkey before I took the job.

Shortly after being hired, I made it pretty clear to my boss that, without AutoHotkey, I would not be able to “do my job”.

She got me admin access but had to “move mountains”.  (Later I learned how I could have used AutoHotkey without installing it)

Using AutoHotkey without installing it
Using AutoHotkey without installing it

BTW- one of the cool perks was being able to go inside a “Brinks vault” and hold over a million dollars in cash.  They also had “buckets of Gold & Platinum.   Sadly, they didn’t allow us to keep souvenirs.  

My main question to you is:  Have you ever quit a job over having access to the right tools?   And why is it that businesses often make it so hard for their employees to be productive❓

Now on with the show…

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Intro to Regular Expressions

One huge surprise I realized when I began journey into “programming” was just how often I had to parse text.  Parsing text becomes complicated faster than a freshly-cut avocado becomes tomorrow’s trash. 

As I’ve said many times before:

“If Regular Expressions weren’t a thing we’d have to create it

Lucky for you we just launched a new course teaching how to work with Regular Expressions!  Four+ hours of bite-sized lessons that will get you familiar with this incredible tool!   If you’re new to Regular Expressions you can learn more about them here.

Intro to RegEx: Learning how to match patterns in text
Intro to RegEx: Learning how to match patterns in text

If you click this link you’ll save 20% on the Intro to Regex course.  The discount is good for the first 3 people or until Monday, June 3, 2024.

As always, all of our courses come with a 200% money-back guarantee .

Resizable GUIs rock!

Speaking of text, often we need to have a simple GUI handy that we can dump a bunch of text into.

In this video we discuss our Resizable GUI which makes it super-easy to create a basic GUI that can be resized.

There are lots of great options as well like: Choosing it’s size, location, font color, font type, font size, and Background color (so you can create a dark-themed GUI as well.)

If you’d like to learn more about GUIs be sure to checkout our Intro to GUIs course here

How to Easily Create Resiable GUIs in AutoHotkey v2
How to Easily Create Resiable GUIs in AutoHotkey v2

If you’re new to using functions, we cover them in our Intro to AutoHotkey course.

Adding a MouseOver to a GUI

Speaking of GUIs, in this video Isaias gives us some amazing tips on how to, easily, add a mouse-over tip to a GUI control.   It’s far easier than you might think!  GUIs truly are easier in AutoHotkey!

Adding a tooltip-MouseOver to a control in a GUI
Adding a tooltip-MouseOver to a control in a GUI   :tatm

Easily launching Windows Apps

During a hero call a couple weeks ago an AHK Hero member, Connie, asked how to launch a windows App.   I’m not sure what the Microsoft developers are thinking but they have made it ridiculously complicated to do so I pointed Connie to this video where I made it super-easy to detect and launch Windows Apps with both AHK v1 or V2.

AutoHotkey Secret: Run Windows Apps Instantly with AHK v1 or v2!
 AutoHotkey Secret: Run Windows Apps Instantly with AHK v1 or v2!

What we’re reading

Let_s Go To The Moon. The Domino Effect @Funny.Special.Effects169

AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage

⚡️Productivity tips: 100 Productivity tips

Here’s a pdf with 100 tips to be more productive.  How many are you using?    

A spot of Humor

It’s virtually impossible to please all people.  For instance, I’ve had some people tell me they love my directness while others get “offended” and call me rude.  It made me think about how I want people to perceive me which is why I wrote this about my beliefs but I also remembered this clip from the hillarous movie Cadillac Man

Basically I’m aNo Shit” guy.

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What we utomated this week with AutoHotkey #47

In this video I review 59 AutoHotkey files that we worked on last week.  One project we’re doing we automated Excel to convert payroll data to CSV so Quickbooks could easily import it.  I also demonstrated a cool script that compares files sizes (and displays them in a graph.)  

What we automated with AutoHotkey- #47
What we automated with AutoHotkey- #47


While I learned a lot of stuff about AutoHotkey myself first through the official documentation, it’s always nice to learn extra from third parties about certain topics, what potentially interesting libraries are out there that I haven’t heard of or in general seeing how others use AutoHotkey and learning through that accidentally something new is nice. I appreciate your time and effort! – Animan8000

AHK Hero

Consider joining the AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.    Currently we have over 264 hours of recordings teaching AutoHotkey that is exclusive to AHK Hero members❗

During this Friday’s call we’re planning to discuss:

  • Hero Member Questions & Code Review
  • Functionalizing” code in our Encode / Decode script
  • Creating a variable instead of hardcoding
  • Simple bar chart function
  • Creating a map from key-value pairs
  • PrivateClipShare
  • Resource Finder- selecting a system tray icon for your script and getting code for your script

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 you think education is expensive, try ignorance — Derek Bok
  • Soon companies will have 2 employees: 1 man 1 dog. The man is there to feed the dog. The dog is there to keep the man from messing with the AutoHotkey script Joe Glines
  • Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend Theophrastus


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P.S. Holding over 1 million dollars in cash was awesome but seeing boatloads of cash in my bank account is even better!   Automation is a surefire way to wealth!  Discover what AutoHotkey can do for you before AI passes you by!


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