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Keyboard shortcuts for launching programs- Start any program with 1 click

keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcutsWhite sticker on computer 4

Keyboard shortcuts can be a great time saver (especially for specific programs, folders, actions) that you do dozens of times a day.

 

Over a decade ago I put the below file together documenting the most frequently used Windows / Office shortcuts

keyboard shortcuts

MS word file great keyboard shortcuts

AutoHotkey Bottle 3

Now-a-days AutoHotKey to create my own shortcuts (of which I have over 100 which do various activities by a simple click of the key/button.)  AutoHotKey has a function for this called Hotkeys which are a great way to launch programs / scripts /folders that you use frequently.

This video walks through how easy it is to set up hotkeys to launch programs, scripts, etc.

 

Text file explorer-Determine file headers & delimiters without opening file

Text file explorer

Text File ExplorerText file explorer

I often work with large text files in which the file extension (.txt, .dat, .csv, .tab) doesn’t always indicate what type of delimiter is used in the file.  When the file is small, I’ll typically just “pop” it open in SciTE / Notepad.  Large files (anything over 20 megs) often take a fair amount of time to read and very large files ( a gig or more) will often run into out of memory issues.

On top of wanting to know the delimiter, I also frequently want to know what fields / Headers are in the file.   This normally means I have to open it in a text editor or Excel and review.  I wrote the below Text File Explorer in AutoHotkey script to simplify the above.  I can highlight a file from Windows Explorer and quickly detect the type of delimiter plus display headers if I care to.

Text file explorer AutoHotkey code:


Here’s a video demonstrating the usage of the Text file Explorer

Use DropBox to keep the same desktop on multiple computers

Use DropBox to have one desktop on multiple computersI work / use a total of 5 different computers however, by using DropBox, I have one desktop on multiple computers.  This saves me a ton of time trying to make sure I keep my files stored in the same place.  By moving your desktop under your DropBox folder, you can easily keep them synced.

You can also create toolbars using the same approach.  Especially if you have toolbars linked to folders that are under your DropBox account.

Video demonstrating one desktop on multiple computers

Ever want to share the clipboard between computers? Now you can!

share the clipboard

Share the clipboard

I wrote a small program with AHK that allows you to share the clipboard with another computer (regardless of where it is).   Sometimes I’m using my laptop and copy & then want to paste on my desktop while other times I’m collaborating with my friend in Denmark.  Either case is simple for me.  All I have to do on one computer is copy it to the clipboard. The other computer can simply paste and the text (or file if you’re in Windows Explorer) will be pasted!

The only requirement is to have a folder that is shared between them. (Use services like Dropbox or Google Drive or a network drive if you are at work. It has been tested on Win XP, Win 7, Win 8 and Windows 10.

Overall Explanation / Review:

How to use ClipShare:

 

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