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AutoHotkey Newsletter March 7th, 2024

Howdy,

I’ve always been a curious person.   While obtaining my undergraduate degree in Marketing I realized that I would ask 95% of the questions in class.  Thankfully I’ve never cared much what other people think of me so I wasn’t “embarrassed” to be asking a question which freed me up to learn!

Looking back, I realize how fortunate I was to be asking questions.  By asking questions I was learning “how to learn”.   How to form hypothesis and use logic to prove them right or wrong.

It’s one of the main reasons why learning AutoHotkey came easy for me.  Unlike you, there were no courses on AutoHotkey, nor did I know anyone that knew it.  I had to work through things on my own.

Curiosity may have killed the cat but it made me smarter than the average bear!

For a couple of years I worked with Maestrith (author of AHK Studio) nearly every day.  Being able to watch him code, and ask him questions, was a HUGE benefit.

It’s one of the main reasons why I created the AHK Hero club.  Giving people access to world-class AutoHotkey programmers, for a reasonable price, is an incredible way to make giant leaps in learning!  Now that we have a super-low cost trial period you have NOTHING to lose!  Give it a try I guarantee you will love it!

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

Real World Example Using the Case Statement

Last week Rizwan asked Isaias for some help on one of the scripts we’re working on.  It involved using the case statement and checkboxes.  Lots of great tips in this video.  We’re almost done with the tool. Should have it out later this week.

Working with Case statement & Checkboxes in a v2 AutoHotkey GUI
Working with Case statement & Checkboxes in a v2 AutoHotkey GUI


Amazing tips for Selecting Text with the Keyboard

If you’re wanting to be more productive, you really need to watch this video!  It’s an extract from our course on how to become a power user.

😲Advanced Tips on Selecting Text with the Keyboard⌨️ (Course Extract)
😲Advanced Tips on Selecting Text with the Keyboard⌨️ (Course Extract)


Intro to Xpath

A couple weeks ago Irfan was learning how to use Xpath with AutoHotkey.  Isaias did a great job giving him a short tutorial.   If you’re needing to store small amounts of data, Xpath is really great!  You can check out the tutorial in this video.

💡 Essential XPath Skills in AutoHotkey – Unleash Your Potential!
💡 Essential XPath Skills in AutoHotkey – Unleash Your Potential!


What is Mulit-Part form data

During last week’s AHK Hero call, someone asked for some tips on working with APIs.   Isaias and I discussed a few basic things and then we both mentioned, if you see “multipart / Form data” you better be ready for a deep-dive.   APIs are fairly easy however dealing with multipart data can be confusing.  While I learned how to use a library for working with them, I wasn’t exactly clear on what I was doing so, a couple years ago, I asked Isaias to walk through the process.  You can get some great tips by watching this video

What is multipart form data? How to handle it with WinHTTPrequest
What is multipart form data? How to handle it with WinHTTPrequest


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: 2 minute rule

Starting and stopping is a very inefficient way to work.   If you start something, and it can be done in under 2 minutes, don’t put it off.  Do it right then and there!


🤣 A spot of Humor:  Ge ready to laugh your head off!

Our Most Chaotic Prank Of ALL TIME | Just For Laughs Gags
Our Most Chaotic Prank Of ALL TIME | Just For Laughs Gags


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #35

Last week we did a lot of consultations so we’re a bit light in what we can share however I did still walk through some the cool things we automated with AutoHotkey in this video.

What we automated with AutoHotkey #35
What we automated with AutoHotkey #35


AHK Hero 🦸

Consider joining the 🦸AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.  We have 3 hours of AHK Hero calls each week. Currently we have over 221 hours of recordings teaching AutoHotkey that is exclusive to AHK Hero members❗

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

  • Member’s quesitons / Code
  • Making button default so you can “hit enter” and trigger it w/o mouseclick
  • Checkin for folder’s existance. if folder doesn’t exist using Dircreate
  • Gui show verse WinMove and g.Move
  • Turning off detecting hidden text: When and why to use it

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

  • Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt Mark Twain
  • New goals don’t deliver new results. New lifestyles do James Cleary
  • Successful people rarely start out as most likely to succeed

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P.S. If you’re wanting to have someone to ask questions to you really should join our AHK hero club.   Between the 3 hours a week of calls and the private Telegram group, you’ll have a new “go to” place for Discovering AutoHotkey.

AutoHotkey Newsletter February 29th, 2024

Howdy %Name%,

About a year ago we were contacted by Allen, a blind subscriber asking to book a consultation session with us to help him use UIA.   This (somewhat) made sense to us because UIA was created to help blind people use computers (it’s the digital version of brail)

We were really excited to help Allen but were cautiously optimistic because we’ never taught a blind person before.

Man were we idiots❗

When Allen joined the call we learned Allen didn’t want us to help him use UIA.  He was writing a program to help his coworkers (THAT CAN SEE) be more productive❗We were blown away how a legally blind person was using AutoHotkey to create tools for his “technically challenged”, but sight-enabled team!

If you’re like us, you’re feeling like a slacker!   But there’s still hope for all of us!

AutoHotkey is a great way to increase both your and your coworkers productivity.   And think of how easy it will be as you can watch our courses!

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

Intro to Automating Excel & COM object: Team Meeting

Last week Rizwan asked for an overview of using AutoHotkey with Excel and a COM Object.  Isaias and I gave him a decent introduction and helped clarify a few misconceptions.  You can check out the video here.  We have over 30 AHK v1 videos teaching how to automate Excel here.

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

But don’t worry, if you’re using v2, there is very little change in how you use a COM object.   It’s the main reason our Functions, Objects, and Classes course is for both v1 and v2.

As I’m hoping you know by now, all of our courses come with a 200% money back guarantee.


🤔Easily Compare List of Items / Instant Venn Diagram analysis

When I worked in database marketing at Texas Instruments I’d frequently have a several lists and be wanting to compare what was in one list and not the other (and understand which were in both).  Sometimes it was part numbers, but often it was other things like email addresses, Document titles, Video IDs, etc.   I wrote a simple tool back then which was sweet!

I asked Rizwan to update it to v2 but had him add some cool features like: compare the items stripping-out the whitespace around the items, Allow to turn on/off case sensitivity, and show the results using our fancy Notify class.  You can see a video demonstrating the new tool here.   BTW- while the GUI only displays ~ 30 or so items, the script hand handle thousands…  So don’t think it is limited by what you see in the GUI.  You can get the counts and copy the lists to your clipboard for the full lists.

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


Easily Launch Windows Apps

In their infinite wisdom, Microsoft developers have made launching Windows Apps ridiculously complicated.  But don’t worry, we got you covered!  In this video I show how you can easily get a list of all your Windows Apps and launch them with a hotkey.

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


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Play hide-and-seek

One great tips I learned from Dan Kennedy was to relocate yourself where “time vampires” can’t find you.   Scheduling time to be unavailable is a great way to ensure you can get more done.


🤣 A spot of Humor: Staying alive!

Sit back, turn it up, and get a great laugh out of this video

I put some Bee Gees music over North Korean marching
I put some Bee Gees music over North Korean marching


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #34

Last week we didn’t have as many shareable scripts as we did a lot of consulting work for clients.  We did have some cool scripts come up during the week though and, in this video, I walk through what we worked on.

What we automated with AutoHotkey #34
What we automated with AutoHotkey #34


AHK Hero 🦸

Here are the planned discussion points for our Friday AHK Hero call:

  •  Turning off detecting hidden text (When and why to use it)
  •  Looping multiple times but moving forward if the variable is set
  •  UIA- starting lower down the tree, performing search with UIA verse AutoHotkey
  •  Turning on/off Redraw on GUI/ “fixing” MRU option on ClipHistory

We have 3 hours of AHK Hero calls each week. Currently we have over 218 hours of recordings teaching AutoHotkey that is exclusive to AHK Hero members❗

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

  • Don’t sacrifice peace of mind for a piece of luxuryJames Cleary<a/li>
  • If the world should blow itself up tomorrow, the last audible voice would be an expert saying: it can’t be done Peter Ustinov
  • I will always hire a lazy person to do a hard job, because they will always find an easy way to do it Bill Gates

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P.S. The story at the beginning of this newsletter is 100% true.  It was both humbling and inspiring to see Alan doing amazing things with AutoHotkey!   If you’re wanting to discover the powers of AutoHotkey, I highly recommend you check out our courses.  They all have  a 200% money-back guarantee so you have nothing at risk.

AutoHotkey News February 22nd 2024- Becoming a Customer for Life😁

Howdy,

Back in 2005 I’d moved to Oklahoma City, OK to be the Director of Research for Six Flags.  Shortly after moving their I’d purchased my first home and was learning how, every weekend, was filled with new chores.

When spring hit, I learned I had a drainage problem in my back yard as it would turn into a mud-pit after a medium rain.   A friend recommended I call “Mr. Rooter” to investigate putting in a French drain. 

The owner (presumably Mr. Rooter) came out and examined the problem.  He told me that he could, in fact, put in a French drain however it would merely be masking the problem.   The real problem was that the majority of my roof dumped water into the backyard, and I didn’t have gutters.   If I were to get gutters and divert the water, I wouldn’t have the drainage problem.

I thanked him for his time and offered to pay something for his trip out however he was adamant that he didn’t want any money for his time.   I told him he’d made a “customer for life” as now I trusted him. 

Very few people offer valuable free advice.  Nor are they likely to suggest an approach that doesn’t make them money

It’s one of the things I’m very proud that we also do.  We often have calls where we help people and will suggest an alternative method if we’re not a great fit for the project.  We’re truly doing consultative work.  It’s also why our AHK Courses offer 200% money back guarantee!

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

Understanding a COM object, DLLs, Classes & Functions

During a team meeting Rizwan asked us for a quick overview of the Excel COM object. Isaias and I discussed what COM objects are and how they’re related to DLL calls and Functions in this video.

While not specifically on Excel, our Functions, Classes & COM object course can give you a great start into Object Oriented Programming.  Don’t forget, our courses come with an amazing 200% money back guarantee!

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


Advanced tips on Selecting text from the Keyboard

This morning I released another extract from our Rise Above PC Incompetence course.  In this video we show some great ways to select text with the keyboard.  This course is a great way to level-up your skills and become a power user!  Don’t miss it!

😲Advanced Tips on Selecting Text with the Keyboard⌨️ (Course Extract)
😲Advanced Tips on Selecting Text with the Keyboard⌨️ (Course Extract)


How to Easily Identify Overlap in Lists

When I worked at Texas Instruments I created a simpler version of this script to easily compare two lists.  The version I demonstrate in this video has been converted to AHK v2 but added some extra bells & whistles.  Now you can decide if you want to do the comparison case insensitive as well as trim the white-space from each row.   We also leverage our amazing v2 Notify class to show you the contents of what is copied when you hit the hotkey.  You can grab both versions of this script here.

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


Your first Hotkey in AHK v2

In this extract of Intro to AutoHotkey v2 we show you how to setup your very first Hotkey!  If you don’t know, Hotkeys are why the creator started AutoHotkey.   People from AutoIt didn’t see the value and didn’t want to add them so he ported AutoIt to AutoHotkey and a legend was born!   Hotkeys in V2 are a little more complicated to setup but you can get the gist of it watching this video.

Intro to Hotkeys in AutoHotkey v2: AHK tutorial
Intro to Hotkeys in AutoHotkey v2: AHK tutorial


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips:

There’s a time to question everything and a time to “gette’r done”.   Make sure you realize which is appropriate for you at that moment and do it


🤣 A spot of Humor Be honest: Is this YOU?

Are you using AutoHotkey wrong?
Are you using AutoHotkey wrong?


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #33

This week while going over some tools we’ll be releasing soon I discovered some bugs.  An important rule to remember is the more functionality you add, the likelihood of bugs increases exponentially…

What we automated with AutoHotkey #33
What we automated with AutoHotkey #33


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

  • Ideas fade away if you don’t write them down Dan Kennedy
  • Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first 4 sharpening the axe Abraham Lincoln
  • A major reason for procrastination and lack of motivation is vagueness, confusion, and fuzzy minded thinking about what you are trying to do and in what order and for what reason Brian Tracy
  • The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it Henry David

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P.S. It’s sad to me that most businesses don’t put their customer’s needs before their own.  When you put the customer’s needs before your own you’ll never have a hard time finding work.  When you put your needs before others you’ll constantly be needing to feed your business with new clients.  Give us a try and, I guarantee, you’ll have an amazing experience

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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Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff


P.S.  Our AHK hero members all agree, they learn an incredible amount during our Hero calls.  With our new low-price introductory offer you have very little to lose.  Sign up now and give it a try?