Although hotstrings are mainly used to expand abbreviations as you type them (auto-replace), they can also be used to launch any scripted action. In this respect, they are similar to hotkeys except that they are typically composed of more than one character (that is, a string).
In this AutoHotkey Tutorial for Beginners I walk you through what you need to get started and help you write your first AutoHotkey script. Below are some convenient links to the tools you’ll want starting out with AutoHotkey.
AutoHotkey Tutorial for Beginners: What you’ll learn
Step #1: Which version of AutoHotkey to use @ 3:15 Step #2: Which editor to use with AutoHotkey @4:36 Step #3: Trigger Commands, Programs / Scripts / Websites by hitting key-combinations (Hotkeys)@11:07 Step #4: Type a few letters and have them replaced with the long strings of text (Hotstrings)@26:29 Step #5: Use a spell checker that will run on every Windows program @34:49 Step #6: Remap keys /key combinations @43:29 Step #7: Send a Mouse Click to specified coordinates @47:12 Step #8: Compile a script so you can give it to someone else to run on their computer @53:09 Step #9: Information & Resources where to go when you need help @54:52Continue reading
While FindText is still a great tool, I recommendyou check out the tool I’ve created Automate my Task . It has many more built-in features as well as allowing you to record multi-step processes, send text, use control clicks & more.
I recently played with this great AutoHotkey function FindText(). The program is similar to AutoHotkey’s built-in ImageSearch functionality however it works more reliably and does not need a local file/copy of the image. The name of the function is a bit misleading in that it really just helps you find and click images.
My first video below demonstrates most of the basic functionality of the tool. The second video shows the usage of the functions that I wrote to help clicking, sending text, etc.
Here is my version of the FindText function which includes the functions I demonstrate in the second video. If you’d like the hotstrings I used they are below also (mine are in my main AutoHotkey.ahk file)
Demonstration of custom AutoHotkey functions to find image and click it.