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AutoHotkey Newsletter February 29th, 2024

Howdy %Name%,

About a year ago we were contacted by Allen, a blind subscriber asking to book a consultation session with us to help him use UIA.   This (somewhat) made sense to us because UIA was created to help blind people use computers (it’s the digital version of brail)

We were really excited to help Allen but were cautiously optimistic because we’ never taught a blind person before.

Man were we idiots❗

When Allen joined the call we learned Allen didn’t want us to help him use UIA.  He was writing a program to help his coworkers (THAT CAN SEE) be more productive❗We were blown away how a legally blind person was using AutoHotkey to create tools for his “technically challenged”, but sight-enabled team! 

If you’re like us, you’re feeling like a slacker!   But there’s still hope for all of us!

AutoHotkey is a great way to increase both your and your coworkers productivity.   And think of how easy it will be as you can watch our courses!

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

Intro to Automating Excel & COM object: Team Meeting

Last week Rizwan asked for an overview of using AutoHotkey with Excel and a COM Object.  Isaias and I gave him a decent introduction and helped clarify a few misconceptions.  You can check out the video here.  We have over 30 AHK v1 videos teaching how to automate Excel here

Learning about the Excel COM object, classes, functions, etc.
Learning about the Excel COM object, classes, functions, etc.

But don’t worry, if you’re using v2, there is very little change in how you use a COM object.   It’s the main reason our Functions, Objects, and Classes course is for both v1 and v2.  

As I’m hoping you know by now, all of our courses come with a 200% money back guarantee.


🤔Easily Compare List of Items / Instant Venn Diagram analysis

When I worked in database marketing at Texas Instruments I’d frequently have a several lists and be wanting to compare what was in one list and not the other (and understand which were in both).  Sometimes it was part numbers, but often it was other things like email addresses, Document titles, Video IDs, etc.   I wrote a simple tool back then which was sweet!  

I asked Rizwan to update it to v2 but had him add some cool features like: compare the items stripping-out the whitespace around the items, Allow to turn on/off case sensitivity, and show the results using our fancy Notify class.  You can see a video demonstrating the new tool here.   BTW- while the GUI only displays ~ 30 or so items, the script hand handle thousands…  So don’t think it is limited by what you see in the GUI.  You can get the counts and copy the lists to your clipboard for the full lists.

How to Easily Compare lists of Items
How to Easily Compare lists of Items


Easily Launch Windows Apps

In their infinite wisdom, Microsoft developers have made launching Windows Apps ridiculously complicated.  But don’t worry, we got you covered!  In this video I show how you can easily get a list of all your Windows Apps and launch them with a hotkey.

👨💻 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


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Play hide-and-seek

One great tips I learned from Dan Kennedy was to relocate yourself where “time vampires” can’t find you.   Scheduling time to be unavailable is a great way to ensure you can get more done.


🤣 A spot of Humor: Staying alive!

Sit back, turn it up, and get a great laugh out of this video

I put some Bee Gees music over North Korean marching
I put some Bee Gees music over North Korean marching


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #34

Last week we didn’t have as many shareable scripts as we did a lot of consulting work for clients.  We did have some cool scripts come up during the week though and, in this video, I walk through what we worked on.

What we automated with AutoHotkey #34
What we automated with AutoHotkey #34


AHK Hero 🦸

Here are the planned discussion points for our Friday AHK Hero call:

  •  Turning off detecting hidden text (When and why to use it)
  •  Looping multiple times but moving forward if the variable is set
  •  UIA- starting lower down the tree, performing search with UIA verse AutoHotkey
  •  Turning on/off Redraw on GUI/ “fixing” MRU option on ClipHistory

We have 3 hours of AHK Hero calls each week. Currently we have over 218 hours of recordings teaching AutoHotkey that is exclusive to AHK Hero members❗

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


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P.S. The story at the beginning of this newsletter is 100% true.  It was both humbling and inspiring to see Alan doing amazing things with AutoHotkey!   If you’re wanting to discover the powers of AutoHotkey, I highly recommend you check out our courses.  They all have  a 200% money-back guarantee so you have nothing at risk.

AutoHotkey News February 22nd 2024- Becoming a Customer for Life😁

Howdy,

Back in 2005 I’d moved to Oklahoma City, OK to be the Director of Research for Six Flags.  Shortly after moving their I’d purchased my first home and was learning how, every weekend, was filled with new chores.

When spring hit, I learned I had a drainage problem in my back yard as it would turn into a mud-pit after a medium rain.   A friend recommended I call “Mr. Rooter” to investigate putting in a French drain. 

The owner (presumably Mr. Rooter) came out and examined the problem.  He told me that he could, in fact, put in a French drain however it would merely be masking the problem.   The real problem was that the majority of my roof dumped water into the backyard, and I didn’t have gutters.   If I were to get gutters and divert the water, I wouldn’t have the drainage problem.

I thanked him for his time and offered to pay something for his trip out however he was adamant that he didn’t want any money for his time.   I told him he’d made a “customer for life” as now I trusted him. 

Very few people offer valuable free advice.  Nor are they likely to suggest an approach that doesn’t make them money

It’s one of the things I’m very proud that we also do.  We often have calls where we help people and will suggest an alternative method if we’re not a great fit for the project.  We’re truly doing consultative work.  It’s also why our AHK Courses offer 200% money back guarantee!

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

Understanding a COM object, DLLs, Classes & Functions

During a team meeting Rizwan asked us for a quick overview of the Excel COM object. Isaias and I discussed what COM objects are and how they’re related to DLL calls and Functions in this video.

While not specifically on Excel, our Functions, Classes & COM object course can give you a great start into Object Oriented Programming.  Don’t forget, our courses come with an amazing 200% money back guarantee!

Learning about the Excel COM object, classes, functions, etc.
Learning about the Excel COM object, classes, functions, etc.


Advanced tips on Selecting text from the Keyboard

This morning I released another extract from our Rise Above PC Incompetence course.  In this video we show some great ways to select text with the keyboard.  This course is a great way to level-up your skills and become a power user!  Don’t miss it!

😲Advanced Tips on Selecting Text with the Keyboard⌨️ (Course Extract)
😲Advanced Tips on Selecting Text with the Keyboard⌨️ (Course Extract)


How to Easily Identify Overlap in Lists

When I worked at Texas Instruments I created a simpler version of this script to easily compare two lists.  The version I demonstrate in this video has been converted to AHK v2 but added some extra bells & whistles.  Now you can decide if you want to do the comparison case insensitive as well as trim the white-space from each row.   We also leverage our amazing v2 Notify class to show you the contents of what is copied when you hit the hotkey.  You can grab both versions of this script here.

How to Easily Compare lists of Items
How to Easily Compare lists of Items


Your first Hotkey in AHK v2

In this extract of Intro to AutoHotkey v2 we show you how to setup your very first Hotkey!  If you don’t know, Hotkeys are why the creator started AutoHotkey.   People from AutoIt didn’t see the value and didn’t want to add them so he ported AutoIt to AutoHotkey and a legend was born!   Hotkeys in V2 are a little more complicated to setup but you can get the gist of it watching this video.

Intro to Hotkeys in AutoHotkey v2: AHK tutorial
Intro to Hotkeys in AutoHotkey v2: AHK tutorial


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips:

There’s a time to question everything and a time to “gette’r done”.   Make sure you realize which is appropriate for you at that moment and do it


🤣 A spot of Humor Be honest: Is this YOU?

Are you using AutoHotkey wrong?
Are you using AutoHotkey wrong?


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #33

This week while going over some tools we’ll be releasing soon I discovered some bugs.  An important rule to remember is the more functionality you add, the likelihood of bugs increases exponentially…

What we automated with AutoHotkey #33
What we automated with AutoHotkey #33


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

  • Ideas fade away if you don’t write them down Dan Kennedy
  • Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first 4 sharpening the axe Abraham Lincoln
  • A major reason for procrastination and lack of motivation is vagueness, confusion, and fuzzy minded thinking about what you are trying to do and in what order and for what reason Brian Tracy
  • The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it Henry David

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P.S. It’s sad to me that most businesses don’t put their customer’s needs before their own.  When you put the customer’s needs before your own you’ll never have a hard time finding work.  When you put your needs before others you’ll constantly be needing to feed your business with new clients.  Give us a try and, I guarantee, you’ll have an amazing experience

AutoHotkey Newsletter Feb 8th, 2024

Howdy,

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!

February 1st, 2024 AutoHotkey Newsletter / 🅰HK News

Howdy,

Back in November of 2022 I shared two short stories about growing up with an over-the-top alcoholic mother.  I didn’t share one of the defining moments of my life in fully grasping that your “family” is more about actions that words.

I was 19 years old and, earlier that day, had “walked my sister down the aisle” on her wedding day.  While the wedding went fine, at the reception, my mother got drunk and screamed at hundreds of guests until everyone, except our few close friends & family, had left.

I was speaking with my childhood friend Paul when my mother came up to me, got about 6 inches from my face, and kept screaming at what a horrible human being I was.  In the background I could see my two sisters huddled together crying their eyes out.  It was that very minute I made the decision to never speak to my mother again (and held to it but that’s not what this story is about.)

I was filled with such rage it is hard to describe.  Not being a violent person by nature I was ready to snap.  I’m quite certain, when I did, I would literally kill my mother.  Then, out of no-where, I see my best friend, Joe Varney, pull up in a car behind her.

Joe never said a word.  He just ran up to the three of us picking up my mother and, without missing a beat, ran back to the car throwing her in the car and driving away.

It took an all of 7 seconds but those 7 seconds changed my life forever

Joe and I never talked much about it but I always knew: he had my back and I had his.

Sometimes you need to lean on someone and sometimes that someone needs to lean on you.

While not as extreme, it is one of the reasons we highly recommend having a “coding buddy”.  Talking with other people about your coding problems helps you in many ways.

The obvious benefit is that they may directly “solve” your problem.  However frequently just explaining the problem to someone else is enough to let you realize the solution.

One thing most people don’t take into account though is how much of a psychological support it is to have other people “in the same boat” as you and realize we all have our Strengths and Weaknesses.

It’s one of the core strengths of the AHK Hero club.  Our community knows we’re all at different stages of learning and there is no talking-down or judgement.  We all help each other.

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

Simple File Renamer

Our Simple File Renamer script is a great tool to have handy!  It’s so easy, anyone can use it!  You can check out how easy it is to use in this video.  This is a v1 script but it still works fine.  We didn’t update it to v2 because it is a pretty complicated GUI.  The tool is actually a stripped down version of our Multi-Rename script which, if you’re a power-user, you might want to check out.

💥 Quick & Easy File Renaming in Windows – AutoHotkey Secrets❗
💥 Quick & Easy File Renaming in Windows - AutoHotkey Secrets❗


Not a Power User BUT want to be (and that’s a big but)❓

If you’re not a power user, but want to be one, you really should check out our new course on how to become a power user.  We teach out how to use a PC beyond the basics.  Nothing fancy, just all the productive things you should have been taught (but sadly weren’t).  Here’s a great extract video showing amazing hacks to selecting text using your mouse.  You can learn more about the course here.  Our course was created to help you Rise above PC Incompetence.  Don’t miss out on this amazing course!  You have nothing to risk because our courses come with a 200% money-back guarantee!

😲Amazing Secrets for Selecting Text with a Mouse🖱️: Course Extract
😲Amazing Secrets for Selecting Text with a Mouse🖱️: Course Extract


Learn how to use ACC / Peak into Private Consultation

Connie is an AHK hero member and wanted a more-robust way to automate his program: The Master Genealogist.  While we are often able to help people during hero calls, this was a bit too much so we had a private consultation call to create a more reliable solution.  After the call Connie mentioned all the data shared on the screen is public information so I asked if he’d mind if we shared the call with you as there were some great lessons learned during the call that are applicable to anyone using the ACC library.  Thankfully Connie agreed so here is the video which I think you’ll find very helpful!  (Thanks again for letting us share it Connie❗)

Private Consultation Working with the ACC library
Private Consultation Working with the ACC library


Get your Secret Decoder Ring here💍

Our Amazing script (Ultimate Spy) just got more Amazinger!  LOL   Seriously though, our Ultimate Spy tool recently had some really great updates which make it even more of a “must have” tool.  You can check out the updates in this video.  Don’t forget to grab a copy of it here.

Get your 🆓Secret Decoder ring💍 in the updated Ultimate Spy❗
Get your 🆓Secret Decoder ring💍 in the updated Ultimate Spy❗


Inside the-Automator:

For Northern Texas we had a pretty cold spell but that finally broke and I got outside for a few minutes today.  The dogs enjoyed playing fetch in the pond.

Some pond fun with the Automator’s dogs (Luna and Zeus)
Some pond fun with the Automator's dogs (Luna and Zeus)

BTW- I was able got to read a bit while I was outside. I’m reading a fascinating book: Using Behavioral Science in Marketing: Drive Customer Action and Loyalty by Prompting Instinctive Responses by Nancy Harhut.  I’m not impressed easily but this is, by far, one of the best books I’ve read in years!  Amazing ideas backed with facts and a TON of examples!  I exchanged a few messages with Nancy on LinkedIn and I’m very proud to say this book is a “must read” for marketers & data-science people!  I learned of Nancy while I was watching an interview between her and a friend of mine AJ Wilcox (of B2Linked).

 

📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips:  M to Mute on YouTube

You can easily mute a YouTube video by pressing M


🤣 A spot of Humor : Here is a guaranteed laugh!

Didn’t quite think this one through
Didn't quite think this one through


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #29

In this week’s episode of what we automated this week I discuss some of the cool projects we’ve been working on.  You can check them out here.

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


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

  • Good leaders don’t make excuses. Instead, they figure out a way to get things done Jocko Willink
  • Knowledge is power; Automation knowledge is a “super-power”💪 Joe Glines
  • Never let success get to your head, never let failure get to your heart
  • It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up Babe Ruth

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Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff


P.S. The intro was just one of many stories I could share about me and Joe Varney.  Sadly I’ll never be able to repay the debt as, after ~15 years struggling with drug addiction and making really bad decisions he took his own life 😥.