• Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Painlessly switch from V1 to V2

Photoshop-fun on Georgia recording for the blind and dyslexic

While getting my masters in Market Research in Athens, GA I found this building labeled “Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.”   I couldn’t resist and did a bit of Photo-shopping.  Can you see my edit?  LOL

I’m not blind, but I am dyslexic and I hope others don’t take offence at my jkoe.  Life is too short and we all need to be able to laugh a little.

Blind and dyslexic

Blind and Dyslexic

If you found the above funny, you might enjoy this book. It sure gave me a lot of laughs!

Use AutoHotkey to get path from Explorer & replace w/UNC path for sharing

path from explorer

Use AutoHotkey to get Path from explorer and sharefull path with others

Working on multiple computers, in multiple environments, and with teams of people can be a challenge when wanting to share files.

I have quite a few network folders that I’ve “mapped” so they look like drives.  This always causes issues when copying the path and sharing with others.   I also have a “b:” drive that I’ve created which, in reality, is a shortcut to the root of where my DropBox folder is located.

Registry settingsThe 1st thing I’m going to recommend is that you backup your registry!!!     After doing so, navigate to this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\DOS Devices



Then right click on the right and create a new String.  This is where you’ll put in the letter of the drive you want (for instance I put in B: ).  After you’ve done that, right click on the B: and  add the path to the folder you want mapped.  Here’s an example  “\??\C:\\Dropbox\test\”  Please note the second \ after the c:\   It is not a typo!   For some weird reason you need two there however everywhere else after you just need one!

The next time you boot up you’ll have the new drive (this isn’t creating any sort of copies of files, it is merely giving you a convenient shortcut to a folder)   Here’s a screenshot of my settings.

Mapping network drives are easy and you can follow this guide here.

Okay, now that we’re done setting up our computer, let’s get to the AutoHotkey script

Copy Path from explorer and replace with UNC (for sharing and to get around security issues)

Here’s a video demonstrating getting the Path from explorer




Easily create & update GUI controls in AutoHotKey

Easily create & update GUI controlsAutoHotkey Merchandise-White Stress ball

This video discusses how to use some of the build in functionality to Easily create & update GUI controls in AutoHotKey. Specifically I discuss the use of Margins, Sections and Previous controls. After watching this video you’ll see GUIs are not nearly as hard in AutoHotKey as you had thought.

Script used in video:

Gui, +AlwaysOnTop +resize
Gui, color,aqua ;keep on top & allow resize
Gui, Add, Text,        , my text1
Gui, Add, Text,        , my text2
Gui, Add, Text,        , my text3
Gui, Add, Text,section , my text4
Gui, Add, Text,ys      , my text5
Gui, Add, Text,        , my text6
Gui, Add, Text,        , my text7
Gui, Add, Text,        , my text8
Gui, Show, w600 h400
#SingleInstance, Force


Excellent SciTE editor video documenting powerful features

SciTE editor

SciTE Editor demonstration

If you frequently use tools like Notepad, Notepad++,  Textpad, etc. I highly recommend you give the SciTE editor a try! Here is a great video demonstrating it’s powerful features and how it can save you a ton of time!  It is highly customizable (but there is a learning curve to making the tweaks to your user settings.  I love it because I have the property files (which provide IntelliSense & syntax highlighting for ~80 languages)

scite editor

The editor is free and can be downloaded from here.  If you’re using AutoHotKey you can get SciTE4AutoHotkey built by fincs here.