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AutoHotkey Newsletter Feb 8th, 2024


Do you notice anything strange about my front door?

A couple of years ago we added two rooms to our house.  The above door is the main entrance to the house.  The contractor drilled the top peep-hole and then told me it was done.  From the look I gave him he knew I wasn’t happy but didn’t understand why.  He quoted a spec that typical peep holes are installed at 5’ 5 inches high.   I then asked my wife to come into the room.

You see, my wife is 4’ 9” tall.  Even on her tippiest of tippy-toes she had no hope of being able to look-out of the door.  Someone suggested we just keep a box near the door so she could stand on it to peak outside.  I care much more about functionality than looks so I just had him drill another hole that would allow her to see outside.

This is similar to publicly available tools like Excel, Word, Chrome, etc. vs. having custom programs written for you.   Things made for the general public need to be a “one size fits all” whereas, when clients hire us to create custom programs, or to write scripts that change the default behavior of public tools, we come up with tools that are specific to their needs.   Yes, they pay more for the tool, however now the tools shave off time every time they use it. 

If you have a tool you’re not happy with, or want to create a custom tool that will save you time, feel free to reach out to us and we can have a discovery call to see how we can save you Time and Money!

Now on with the show…

Become a Power user Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

Get a super deal on the AHK Hero club

Our AHK hero members know that the AHK Hero club is an amazing deal!  But non-members have a really difficult time “seeing” the value of the group.  If you’ve been hesitant to join, we are , temporarily, offering the first month of the AHK Hero group for 💲1.99.  You can learn more about the AHK hero club here and sign up for this amazing deal here or by watching this video.  Also, if saving money is your thing, you can sign up for email alerts so you can be one of the first to hear about our sales.

How to Get Deals on the Automator.com
How to Get Deals on the Automator.com

Getting the Path to the Active File

We recently released this gem of a tool that allows you to use the same hotkey to get the active path of the file across many programs.   And, if you’re in a browser, you can select text and hit your hotkey to get a “pretty” hyperlink tied to the URL you were on.  You can get this great “must have” script here!  We walk through using the tool in this video.

How to easily get the Path of your active file with AutoHotkey
How to easily get the Path of your active file with AutoHotkey

Web Scraping vs API calls

Our AHK hero members were asking about API calls during last week’s Hero Calls.  We didn’t have the time to get into them during that call but we do plan on having an exclusive webinar for them in the future.  Meanwhile, in this video I discuss the overlap between Web Scraping and API calls.

Webscraping verse API calls: What’s the difference?

Webscraping verse API calls: What's the difference?

Rise Above PC Incompetence

In this extract of our new course you can pick up some simple tips for copying / moving files & folders.  Our course is 4 hours long and filled with great tips & tricks that will turn you into an amazing Power User!  Don’t forget, our courses come with a 200% money-back guarantee!

Beyond the Basics: Tips on Dragging files in Explorer (Course Extract)
Beyond the Basics: Tips on Dragging files in Explorer (Course Extract)

Team meeting: Learning tips about using the FileObject in AHK

During one of our team meetings Isaias helped level up Irfan and Rizwan about using the FileObject.  You can learn a lot by watching the meeting in this video.

Working with the FileObject in AutoHotkey Team Meetings
Working with the FileObject in AutoHotkey  Team Meetings

📚 What we’re reading

Why is @ on your computer keyboard?
Why is @ on your computer keyboard?

🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage

⚡️Productivity tips:  Excel Data Ribbon🎀

If you’re like me you’re often navigating to the Excel Data Tab.  Did you know Alt+A will jump you directly to the Data Ribbon.  You can download a list of 392 more hotkeys here.

🤣 A spot of Humor Government websites

This video is a bit over-the-top but not that far off from the truth

Every Government Website Ever 🤦♀️ | Utopia #shorts
Every Government Website Ever 🤦♀️ | Utopia #shorts

What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #31

TLDR: AHK is a powerful tool for automating a wide range of tasks, from file comparison to web scraping to program functions, making it incredibly useful for increasing productivity.  In this video I discuss what we automated last week (End of January 2024).

What we automated with AutoHotkey Episode #31
What we automated with AutoHotkey Episode #31

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

  • Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe, It Can Achieve Napoleon Hill
  • Find & hire people that are over-performing in crappy jobs Dan Kennedy
  • The strength of your business is based more on your customers, than your products / services — Joe Glines


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Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff

P.S.  Our work at the-Automator is fairly well divided between: Creating Online AHK Courses, Tutoring people (like in the AHK Hero club and Consulting calls) and building custom programs for clients.  Feel free to reach out and schedule an appointment to decide which one is right for you!

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