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AutoHotkey NewsLetter January 18th, 2024


I’m a pretty big fan of Tom Cruise and was looking forward to the new Mission Impossible movie.

If you haven’t seen it yet, and don’t want any spoilers, skip to the next section of the newsletter…

Okay, so my wife (Cathy) and I finally found a time where we were both available to sit down with a bag of popcorn and check out the flick.

The 7th Mission Impossible movie, Dead Reckoning, was begun in February 2020.  While I don’t think they could have timed it better (given Chat GPT and the AI boom) I was incredibly disappointed with the movie.  It’s as if the they didn’t bother to consult with any actual Data Scientists about what the capabilities would be.  Having been a data scientist for nearly 20 years I always find Hollywood’s interpretation of AI cringe-worthy. 

What was really surprising was the lack of effort that was put into making the AI a “real” bad guy.  Since the AI was pitched as the main antagonist I expected them to flesh-out the character (as it truly could have been done well) but, sadly, they left it feeling unreal.

Because of my background in Data Science I’ve been keeping up with a lot of the advancements in AI.   Recently I was blown away when I saw a video on the “Self Operating Computer”.  Even though I’d predicted this a few months ago, I was surprised how fast it came to be!

What really surprised me was the amount of interest in the Self Operating Computer Git RepositoryThe AI community is showing enormous interest in it (yet those very same people overlook AutoHotkey).  I know you have to apply a bit of elbow-grease to use AutoHotkey but it is, by far, the easiest language to pick up and, by far, the best at automating your PC.  It’s a shame the author of the library didn’t write it in AHK instead of Python…

If you’re wanting to automate your PC, you can start learning AutoHotkey by checking out our Intro to AHK course.  Over 4 hours of content created for the average computer user (not a programmer).  Don’t forget, all of our courses come with a mind-blowing 200% money-back guarantee!

Now on with the show…

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

📢New Course:  How to use your PC more than a Word Processor

We just finished our course teaching PC basics!  This has been something I’ve wanted to do for more than 20 years!   Back in 1998, when attending my undergraduate college, I had to take an “intro to PC” course as part of my requirement to graduate.  It was a painfully boring class for me as I was very tech savvy back then.  What shocked me was watching my classmates try and do basic things.

It was a good learning experience for me (not because I learned a lot about using a PC) but I learned that not everyone was a “geek”.  What was also really fascinating is how the above course didn’t teach you how to be efficient.  It taught concepts, not “how to” actually use a PC. 

While most of what we teach here at the-Automator is simple enough for anyone to do it, there are lots of simpler things people can learn to be more efficient!  In our new course we help you discover how to use a PC more efficiently. 

Remember all of our courses come with a 200% money-back guarantee!

How to run Windows Apps with AutoHotkey

Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, made launching apps from other programs / scripts a pain!  In this video I break down an easy way to launch them both in v1 and v2.

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

Avoid this annoying MS Office issue

In corporate America I used to get Word, Excel, PowerPoint files from the Internet every day!  When those files are downloaded from the internet a “security flag” is created which always asks you if you are sure you want to open it (and the warning isn’t very big so you waste time trying to click).

In this video Isaias shows us how we can set “safe folders” on your PC to avoid this issue.

I wish I’d known this then!   But I still love doing it now as I really hate Microsoft trying to treat me like a moron!

💥 Get Rid of Annoying MS Office Warning with This Simple Trick😲
💥 Get Rid of Annoying MS Office Warning with This Simple Trick😲

Want to try and convert your v1 code to v2❓

In this video we demonstrate a script a we created that allows you to see how your code might look in v2?  You can grab the script here.   If you’re a v1 user and want to painlessly switch you should check out our v1 to v2 course.  It makes the transition painless!  And, as always, our courses come with a double your money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose!

🔥Effortlessly convert v1 code to v2 with this great AHK Script
🔥Effortlessly convert v1 code to v2 with this great AHK Script

What we automated with AutoHotkey – Episode # 29

Here’s a summary video of what we worked on this week at the-Automator.   The holidays were great but it is good getting back into the swing of things!

What we automated this week 29
What we automated this week 29

📚 What we’re reading

🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage

⚡️Productivity tips: Make sure you have “quiet time”

Time spent alone in silence can yield breakthrough insights❗ — Dave Dee

🤣 A spot of Humor:  Speaking of Data Science.  You too can be one here is the secret Algorithm…

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

  • Coach the coachable; fire the rest. Winners want to be coached; they care about doing well Dan Kennedy
  • As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another Proverbs 27:17
  • Motion beats meditation Gary Halbert
  • I never lose. I either win, or learn Nelson Mandela


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Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff

P.S. If you’re like most of us you sit at a computer the majority of the day.  Are you as efficient as you should be?  Check out our new course that will help you rise above PC incompetence and ensure you work smarter, not harder!

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