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AutoHotkey News, Feb 15th, 2024 Hating Kermit

Howdy %Name%,

When I attended undergrad my mentor, TK Clarke, mentioned how he thought Kermit / Sesame Street gave a false preconception that “learning should be easy”.  While there are things that can to make it “easier” to learn, I do understand his point.   Learning is “work” as your brain is, literally, “writing new pathways” in our brains🧠.

One thing we like to do in our AHK Courses is to create “bite-size” videos (usually between 3 and 6 minutes) so people can focus on one thing and not try to learn too many things all at once.  We also put a lot of thought into the “flow” of our courses so people have  a clear path to follow (this is especially helpful since AutoHotkey is a vast & robust language).

We also reduce the stress level of our students by offering a 200% money-back guarantee.

In our AHK Hero club, we tailor our answers to the skill / knowledge level of the member that asked the question.  We even break up the calls where Friday we do more advanced topics and Saturdays are more “entry level” topics.

So, while hating on Kermit might be legit, it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing type mindset.

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

General AutoHotkey Tips

Every week we spend hours in zoom helping each other level-up.  Sometimes I’ll hit record when I think we might be talking about something that will help y’all.  In this video Isaias helps us learn some great AutoHotkey tips & tricks.

General AutoHotkey Tips /the-Automator.com team meeting
General AutoHotkey Tips /the-Automator.com team meeting


💖Feeling AutoHotkey Love 💘

Valentines day was earlier this week.  We offered 40% off on all our courses.  The offer was just for February 14th but I’ve extended the sale through tomorrow just in case you didn’t have time to respond.  You can read the email and get the discounts here.  Incidentally, I sent a separate email, offering 50% discount, to people that signed up for alerts on deals.

How to Get Deals on the Automator.com
How to Get Deals on the Automator.com


Updating A GUI doesn’t have to be Painful!

A lot of people use tools that create GUIs.  These, on their surface, seem great however, when you go to update the GUI, it becomes a nightmare because everything is “locked into place”.  In this video Isaias shows us that, if you’ve built the GUI well, updating a GUI doesn’t have to be painful. If you’d like to learn more about creating GUIs I highly recommend you check out our GUIs are Easy course.  Don’t forget we take all the risk for you because we offer a 200% money-back guarantee!

Updating a Well Designed AutoHotkey GUI
Updating a Well Designed AutoHotkey GUI


AHK Save as Updater by  Spracklen Design

Earlier this week I thought of a very simple script we should create that will help when saving files of a similar type.   Earlier today Irfan finished the first version and, perhaps next week, we’ll release it.  As I was writing this week’s AHK Newsletter I searched YouTube and happened to see this video which is a more advanced version of what I’d though of.  It’s always cool to see how other people are using AutoHotkey…  (It’s one thing I love about our AHK hero calls)

AHK Save As Updater
AHK Save As Updater


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Excel Insert Tab

If you’re like me and often “insert” things in Excel you’ll love to learn that Alt+N will jump you to the Insert Ribbon in Excel.


🤣 A spot of Humor This must be based off a True Story

George’s Underwear Photoshoot
George's Underwear Photoshoot | The Package | Seinfeld


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #32

We’ve had quite a busy week here at the-Automator.  We’re very close to releasing some more tools and, in this video, I explain much of the other things we’ve been working on with AutoHotkey this past week.

What we automated with AutoHotkey # 32
What we automated with AutoHotkey # 32


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

  • Time spent alone in silence can yield breakthrough insights Dave Dee
  • Work harder on yourself than you do on your job Jim Rohn
  • Motion beats meditation Gary Halbert
  • A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.

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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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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!

AutoHotkey News 2024-01-24

Howdy,

When I was 27 and getting my undergraduate degree on top of my courses I ran a small house painting company and was the business manager of “the Star” (the college newspaper).

At one point I was dating a woman that invited me to an interesting event; a Halloween wedding!  To make it more interesting the Charles Shultz, the inventor of the famous Peanuts/ Charlie Brown Cartoon. 😲

Anyway, she was a bridesmaid so she had to go to the rehearsal dinner and invited me along.  As you might have guessed from the beginning of this story, I was quite busy and, somehow, forgot that Charles Shultz was at all involved.

So at the rehearsal dinner I sat down between an elderly couple.  His name was “Sparky” and his wife’s was Jean.   We were making polite conversation and they asked what I did.  When I mentioned I was the business manager of the Star Sparky asked what I’d do when I got an article sent to the editor that I didn’t agree with.   I informed him that was the “Editor in Chief’s” decision but personally I’d publish it and write my best counter-argument to it.

Sparky disagreed with me and told me he’d “tear it up and burn it” never letting it see the light of day.   Sparky and I kept discussing this when Jean mentioned “Oh, the Star, yeah, the contacted me a couple of weeks back”.    I literally said “why would our college newspaper contact you?” and she replied “It was for the donation we made…”

Oh, that would be the 5-million dollar donation!

Suddenly it all came back to me that “Sparky” was Charles Shultz and that I’d been arguing with one of the best known comics on the planet!

Had I remembered who he was before we began our debate I’m pretty sure I would have been a bit more timid.  But, since I’d already made my position clear, I decided to stick with it and keep up the debate.

The main point of this is Context matters: When a noob suggests something I take it with a grain of salt.  When Isaias, our main instructor of our AutoHotkey courses, I’m much more careful to listen to his advice.  Isaias is so good we offer a 200% money back guarantee on all our courses!

So remember, you should weight the input differently depending on the source!

Now on with the show…

Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

Discover better ways to select text with your mouse

To help people level-up we’re releasing a few videos from our Rise Above PC Incompetence.
This first one helps teach advanced ways to select text with your mouse.   Your first instincts are to skip the video however I can (almost) guarantee you that you’ll learn something if you watch this video

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


Great Updates to Prompt Assistant

We added a lot of great functionality to Prompt Assistant.   It’s still super-simple and easy to use however, if you want to execute AHK v1 or v2 code, you can!  This means not only can you do simple things like Open a folder, open a webpage, etc. you can also embed your scripts in Prompt Assistant!
You can check out the updates in this video.

🚀 Supercharge Your Efficiency with these updates to Prompt Assistant😲
🚀 Supercharge Your Efficiency with these updates to Prompt Assistant😲


Using Telegram Behind a Proxy

Several Hero members can’t access Telegram directly.  For this reason, adding a Proxy helps get-around the problem.  We made a short video showing how easy it is to add a Proxy in Telegram

How to Add a Proxy for Telegram
How to Add a Proxy for Telegram


Level-up your AHK Coding with these great tips!

If you’re new to programming and want to get some great, general, tips check out this video.  Several times a week Isaias gives the rest of us here at the-Automator some great tips.

Automator weekly meeting- Proper coding in AutoHotkey
Automator weekly meeting- Proper coding in AutoHotkey


Beginners Guide to GUIs in AutoHotkey v2

During a live stream, an AHK hero member asked for a quick tutorial on creating GUIs in v2.  Isaias delivered a great mini-tutorial of creating Graphical User Interfaces with V2 in this video.  If you’re wanting more than just  a short tutorial, check out our GUIs are Easy course!  Remember all of our courses come with a 200% Money Back Guarantee!  (So, if in the first 30 days, you’re not 100% satisfied, we not only refund your money but we Double it !)

😲Amazing AutoHotkey v2 GUIs Mini tutorial that tells you what you NEED to know
😲Amazing AutoHotkey v2 GUIs Mini tutorial that tells you what you NEED to know


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage

Don’t Use Copy-Paste Until You Watch This Video | UiPath Clipboard AI

Don’t Use Copy-Paste Until You Watch This Video | UiPath Clipboard AI


⚡️Productivity tips: Manage your energy, not just your time

People have peaks and valleys as when they are most capable.  Learn when you’re at your best and work on the hardest things during that time.  Manage less tasking things when you’re not at peak performance.


🤣 A spot of Humor: “tech Support”

I’m 99% certain I’ve spoken to this guy!

The IT Crowd 4×05 the best scene ever
The IT Crowd 4x05 the best scene ever


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 3 hours a week we help people with their AHK issues (the Saturday calls are geared towards people new to AutoHotkey.)


🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Find & hire people that are over-performing in crappy jobs Dan Kennedy
  • Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt Mark Twain
  • The amateur does not know what to do. The master knows what not to do James Cleary
  • History is just new people making old mistakes Sigmund Freud

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P.S.  There are a lot of AutoHotkey channels out there with instructors at varying level of skills.  The-Automator is the largest channel (over 1,400 AHK videos and nearly 10K subscribers) producing high-quality content!  We know 19 ways to use AutoHotkey to automate programs.  Most AHK users know a handful!  We’re not the cheapest out there; but we are the best!

Subscribe to our YouTube channel, and consider hiring us to automate your projects!

AutoHotkey NewsLetter January 18th, 2024

Howdy,

I’m a pretty big fan of Tom Cruise and was looking forward to the new Mission Impossible movie.

If you haven’t seen it yet, and don’t want any spoilers, skip to the next section of the newsletter…

Okay, so my wife (Cathy) and I finally found a time where we were both available to sit down with a bag of popcorn and check out the flick.

The 7th Mission Impossible movie, Dead Reckoning, was begun in February 2020.  While I don’t think they could have timed it better (given Chat GPT and the AI boom) I was incredibly disappointed with the movie.  It’s as if the they didn’t bother to consult with any actual Data Scientists about what the capabilities would be.  Having been a data scientist for nearly 20 years I always find Hollywood’s interpretation of AI cringe-worthy. 

What was really surprising was the lack of effort that was put into making the AI a “real” bad guy.  Since the AI was pitched as the main antagonist I expected them to flesh-out the character (as it truly could have been done well) but, sadly, they left it feeling unreal.

Because of my background in Data Science I’ve been keeping up with a lot of the advancements in AI.   Recently I was blown away when I saw a video on the “Self Operating Computer”.  Even though I’d predicted this a few months ago, I was surprised how fast it came to be!

What really surprised me was the amount of interest in the Self Operating Computer Git RepositoryThe AI community is showing enormous interest in it (yet those very same people overlook AutoHotkey).  I know you have to apply a bit of elbow-grease to use AutoHotkey but it is, by far, the easiest language to pick up and, by far, the best at automating your PC.  It’s a shame the author of the library didn’t write it in AHK instead of Python…

If you’re wanting to automate your PC, you can start learning AutoHotkey by checking out our Intro to AHK course.  Over 4 hours of content created for the average computer user (not a programmer).  Don’t forget, all of our courses come with a mind-blowing 200% money-back guarantee!

Now on with the show…

Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

📢New Course:  How to use your PC more than a Word Processor

We just finished our course teaching PC basics!  This has been something I’ve wanted to do for more than 20 years!   Back in 1998, when attending my undergraduate college, I had to take an “intro to PC” course as part of my requirement to graduate.  It was a painfully boring class for me as I was very tech savvy back then.  What shocked me was watching my classmates try and do basic things.

It was a good learning experience for me (not because I learned a lot about using a PC) but I learned that not everyone was a “geek”.  What was also really fascinating is how the above course didn’t teach you how to be efficient.  It taught concepts, not “how to” actually use a PC. 


While most of what we teach here at the-Automator is simple enough for anyone to do it, there are lots of simpler things people can learn to be more efficient!  In our new course we help you discover how to use a PC more efficiently. 

Remember all of our courses come with a 200% money-back guarantee!


How to run Windows Apps with AutoHotkey

Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, made launching apps from other programs / scripts a pain!  In this video I break down an easy way to launch them both in v1 and v2.

👨💻 AutoHotkey Secret: Run Windows Apps Instantly with AHK v1 or v2! 🚀
👨💻 AutoHotkey Secret: Run Windows Apps Instantly with AHK v1 or v2! 🚀


Avoid this annoying MS Office issue

In corporate America I used to get Word, Excel, PowerPoint files from the Internet every day!  When those files are downloaded from the internet a “security flag” is created which always asks you if you are sure you want to open it (and the warning isn’t very big so you waste time trying to click).

In this video Isaias shows us how we can set “safe folders” on your PC to avoid this issue.

I wish I’d known this then!   But I still love doing it now as I really hate Microsoft trying to treat me like a moron!

💥 Get Rid of Annoying MS Office Warning with This Simple Trick😲
💥 Get Rid of Annoying MS Office Warning with This Simple Trick😲


Want to try and convert your v1 code to v2❓

In this video we demonstrate a script a we created that allows you to see how your code might look in v2?  You can grab the script here.   If you’re a v1 user and want to painlessly switch you should check out our v1 to v2 course.  It makes the transition painless!  And, as always, our courses come with a double your money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose!

🔥Effortlessly convert v1 code to v2 with this great AHK Script
🔥Effortlessly convert v1 code to v2 with this great AHK Script


What we automated with AutoHotkey – Episode # 29

Here’s a summary video of what we worked on this week at the-Automator.   The holidays were great but it is good getting back into the swing of things!

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


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Make sure you have “quiet time”

Time spent alone in silence can yield breakthrough insights❗ — Dave Dee


🤣 A spot of Humor:  Speaking of Data Science.  You too can be one here is the secret Algorithm…



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

  • Coach the coachable; fire the rest. Winners want to be coached; they care about doing well Dan Kennedy
  • As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another Proverbs 27:17
  • Motion beats meditation Gary Halbert
  • I never lose. I either win, or learn Nelson Mandela

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P.S. If you’re like most of us you sit at a computer the majority of the day.  Are you as efficient as you should be?  Check out our new course that will help you rise above PC incompetence and ensure you work smarter, not harder!