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March, 21st 2024 AutoHotkey Newsletter

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I was 12 years old when Empire Strikes back came out in 1980.  I still remember when Luke was on Dagobah beginning his training with Yoda.  At one point Yoda says “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” This line is a fundamental part of Yoda’s teaching, emphasizing the importance of commitment and belief in oneself and the Force.

It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Henry Ford 🚗

” Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t; you’re usually right

Many people don’t try AutoHotkey because they don’t even realize there is a tool that can automate or tweak their programs.  I’m not sure how to help them other than continue making YouTube videos spreading the word.

However, there are a lot of people that hear about AHK but don’t try to learn it because they think they can’t learn to “program”.  This is where Yoda’s advice is so relevant.  I believe anyone that believes in themselves can learn the basics of AutoHotkey.

Especially if they have a place to get pointed in the right direction when they “hit a wall”.  Being able to get help by AHK experts that remember what it is like to be first starting out is one of the core reasons I created the AHK hero group.
Alternatively, you could schedule a Tutorial Session with is where we review your code and/or help you learn a topic.  Like our courses, our Tutorial session is guaranteed!  If we can’t significantly level-you-up, you pay Zero, Nada, Zilch!
We take all the risk!

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

Automating Excel with AutoHotkey: Overview

Last month Rizwan had some questions for us on working with Excel with AutoHotkey.  Things like what is a COM object, How do they relate to DLL calls, etc.   We discuss this and more in this video.

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


🙊🎙️Hotkeys to Mute your Mic and speaker🔇🙉

Ever want to have a hotkey to mute your microphone, speakers or both?  In this video we unveil our new tool which makes it easy to assign a hotkey to each and all of the above actions.

Scipt to Easily Mute your Microphone and Speakers with a Hotkey
Scipt to Easily Mute your Microphone and Speakers with a Hotkey


Easily Comparing overlap of Two lists

Do you ever have lists of items where you want to compare how much overlap there is between them?  Years ago I did and wrote a basic script.   In the new version I asked Rizwan to convert it to v2 but we added some additional functionality like:

  • Make the comparison case sensitive
  • Trim whitespace on the ends
  • Show the 3 lists using our v2 amazing Notify class

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


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Resetting Chrome Zoom

Control+0 will reset your zoom in Chrome to 💯%.   Might nice way to get things back to normal.


🤣 A spot of Humor: Territorial Army

If you’ve never seen the BBC version of the office, I highly recommend it.  Here’s a great clip from it with Tim and Gareth (US version of Jim & Dwight).

The BBC Office: Territorial Army
The Office (ORIGINAL) Territorial Army


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #37

This week we did an awful lot of client work so I had less to discuss in the video showing what we automated with AutoHotkey.   Still there were some cool tools that I shared that we’ll have out in a few weeks.  You can see what I covered in this video.

What we automated with AutoHotkey #37
What we automated with AutoHotkey #37


AHK Hero 🦸

Consider joining the 🦸AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.    Currently we have over 227 hours of recordings teaching AutoHotkey that is exclusive to AHK Hero members❗

During this Friday’s call we’re planning to discuss:

  • Member’s questions / Scripts
  • Customizing scripts depending how being used
  • Working with ini files
  • Using a Resizable GUI

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

  • Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it Theodore Roosevelt
  • People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything Thomas Sowell
  • The thing about smart people is that they sound crazy to dumb people Steve Jobs
  • The “best” is always the enemy of the good Sigmund Freud

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Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff


P.S. Every night I go to bed listening to the Dan Bongino podcast.  Usually, I only last a few minutes and fall asleep but last week I woke back up at the end of his show and was really caught-up in his story on how Pain and Suffering is a blessing.

It was so captivating I went and extracted it in this clip.  Having gone through a horrendous childhood I 💯% believe this to be true.  I’ve always been much stronger of a person than my friends and am convinced it is primarily due to the struggles I had as a child.

Unlike Dan I’m not able to wish you Pain & Suffering however I do believe what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  So remember, if it is you or someone close, eventually things do get better❗

Dan Bongeno on Pain and Suffering
Dan Bongeno on Pain and Suffering