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AutoHotkey Newsletter September 7th

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Imagine you’re making your cup of morning coffee ☕. If you’re like my wife you like it with 2 sugars and 3 creams. However here is how you go about making it:

  • You pour 2 ounces of coffee in your coffee cup
  • You add 1 sugar
  • You add 1 cream
  • You pour 2 more ounces of coffee
  • You add the 2nd sugar
  • You add 2nd cream
  • You pour 2 more ounces of coffee
  • You add 3rd cream
  • You pour 2 more ounces of coffee

Great, now you have 8 ounces of coffee however it took you quite a bit of effort to get your coffee…

This sounds ridiculous however it’s how most people tackle tasks they do every day

They don’t spot the pattern and end up doing things individually and not batching them together.

Work on batching your tasks together (where it makes sense) and you’ll save a lot of time!

It’s also important to note that, while computers are far better at humans switching between tasks, your AutoHotkeyscripts can also be optimized by grouping together like-items. This is just one of the things we teach during our AutoHotkey Hero calls.

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

Pinning non-Executables to the Taskbar in Windows 11

A while back both Isaias and I made the switch to Windows 11. While it isn’t horrible (like Win 8) they did make a lot of changes (in the wrong direction as far as we’re concerned). One example is the lack of being able to pin an AutoHotkey script (or any non-executable) to the Taskbar. In this video I show a simple “work around”. If you’re like me and want the Taskbar on the side you can check out the ExplorerPatch tool I show during the video.

How to Pin a non-executable file to Taskbar in Windows 11
How to Pin a non-executable file to Taskbar in Windows 11


Creating custom functions in AutoHotkey (Extract from Intro to AHK)

If you’re new to AutoHotkey one of the fastest and best ways you can “level-up” is to be using the many built-in functions. I mentioned this last week and linked to this video which shows how to start using them.

The very next way to leap-forward it to start creating your own custom functions. I’ve extracted another video from the Intro to AutoHotkey course showing you how to create your own functions. As I like to say Functions are like go-subs on crack! Give it a look and you’ll understand why!

Using built-in Commands and Built in AHK v2
Using built-in Commands and Built in AHK v2

Don’t forget the Intro to AutoHotkey course is over 4 hours long and has a ton more value! And don’t worry, all our courses come with a 200% money back guarantee!


AI Creeping into our Tech everywhere…

This morning I was playing on my Android phone and accidentally discovered some AI on an image I was pressing.
I documented it in this video but, in another year, our world is going to be transformed!

AI on images in Android Phone
AI on images in Android Phone


Examples of what I’ve used AutoHotkey to Automate

We were on a client call and he suggested I record more videos like this one where I share what I’ve automated lately with AutoHotkey. I told him I have an entire playlist of these however, since much of what we work on now is confidential client work, I can’t record videos on them. I did realize that there are lots of side-projects I have Isaias and Irfan do for me. So I’ll try and start making some more videos documenting some of the cool internal tools that we create.

AutoHotkey automation review (003) | What I automated with AutoHotkey
AutoHotkey automation review (003) | What I automated with AutoHotkey


AutoHotkey & StreamDeck

We started using Elgato Stream Decks a while back and I have to say, I am liking them way more than I anticipated! Having said that, I basically use mine as a Hotkey for triggering scripts / programs because I do all the automating in my AutoHotkey script. Anyway, I happened to see this video from Walden’s Automation where he documents how to toggle your AHK script

Stream Deck AutoHotkey Launcher – Toggle Scripts with your stream deck
Stream Deck AutoHotkey Launcher - Toggle Scripts with your stream deck


Great Episode by two Legendary Marketing Gurus

As you might know I’m a huge Dan Kennedy fan. I’ve read nearly every book he’s written and he’s an absolute marketing genius! I was really excited to find his Magnetic Marketing podcast. Over the weekend I was listening to this episode where he interviews Jay Abraham

📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage

9 AI Tools You Will ACTUALLY Use
9 AI Tools You Will ACTUALLY Use


⚡️Productivity tips: Plan your day (the night before)!

Write down the three most important tasks the night before and let your subconscious work on them!


🤣 A spot of Humor: The Marine Biologist: One of the funniest things I’ve seen on TV!

Seinfeld l MiniEpisode l The Marine Biologist
Seinfeld l MiniEpisode l The Marine Biologist


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

  • Decisions without actions are worthless Dan Kennedy
  • Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first 4 sharpening the axe Abraham Lincoln
  • What I lack in Skills & Abilities I make up for with Optimism & Determination
  • What people think of you is irrelevant. But how you leave this world matters. Even if it’s all futile in the end, play your part as well as you can. Real courage is fear, in action. Play your hand. John Carlton

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P.S. Batching things are a great way to be more productive. I find having a schedule really helps me stay organized and ensure I work smarter, not harder.
It’s one of there reasons I encourage our Clients to use their calendar to block time to work through our AHK Courses.

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