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AutoHotkey News March 28,2022- AutoHotkey v1 is officially dead!

Howdy %Name%,

It’s hard to believe but, according to this post by Lexikos, AHK v1 is DEAD!  He has no intention of updating it (even for bug fixes).   Back in December of 2022 he mentioned it was to be considered “deprecated” however he was still updating it and backporting some functionality from v2. However now it seems very clear that Lexikos is “done” with v1 and has put all his focus on improving v2.  Speaking of which he’s been very active on the alpha version of v2.1 which will be bringing some cool new functionality.  You can read about V2.1-alpha.9 here.

So, if you’re still working with v1, we highly recommend you switch to v2.  We’ve got a great course making the transition to v2 painless

If you’re new to AutoHotkey, we recommend you start of with v2.  Our Intro to AutoHotkey course.

We discuss the updates to v2 and death of v1 in this video.

Update to v2 and Death of AutoHotkey v1

Update to v2 and Death of AutoHotkey v1

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 v2 Tutorial

If you’re wanting a quick review of AHK v2 you can get a simple introduction in this video.  Keep in mind this is a very short introduction and is meant for people that haven’t used AutoHotkey before.  Remember our AHK courses are made up of videos that are typically 3-5 minutes long and come with an amazing guarantee.

Intro to AutoHotkey Version 2 | Learn to automate programs with AHK v2
Intro to AutoHotkey Version 2 | Learn to automate programs with AHK v2


🆕 Amazing Clipboard History Tool 📋

If you’re using windows 10 or 11 then you’re probably in the same love/hate relationship with the Built-in Clipboard history tool accessed by hitting Windows + V.  While this is better than nothing, we are always disappointed when using it as there is no way to filter your results and it was also annoying that you had to look through the GUI.  In our ClipHistory tool you can have it suggest items from your clipboard as you type.  You can see a demonstration of this amazing tool here.

Check out this New Clipboard History tool
Check out this New Clipboard History tool


Easily Creating Resizable GUIs

Our notify class is quite cool but sometimes you want to dump a lot of text into a resizable GUI.  While our course: GUIs are easier in v2 shows that GUIs are very easy to create, it is still nice having a simple function you can call that can change the core things like: Font type, Font size, Color, background color, etc. by just calling a simple function.  Our Resizable GUI can save you a ton of time making it easy to create edit fields.  You can check it out in this video.

How to Easily Create Resiable GUIs in AutoHotkey v2
How to Easily Create Resiable GUIs in AutoHotkey v2


Working with the Case Statements and a GUI

Speaking of GUIs, a few weeks back Isaias gave us some good insights as to how to leverage using the Case statement with Checkboxes in a GUI.  Case statements are great ways to “clean up” your code and make it much easier to read.  You can check out the video here.

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


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Agenda’s rock!

Having a clear agenda is a great way to make sure your meetings are productive.  If you’re leading, have one.  If you’re attending, ask for one.


🤣 A spot of Humor Funniest Clinic Duties

I used to love watching Dr. House (just for the comedic parts) but now that we’re working with more Radiologists I’m having a new appreciation for the show.  Here are some funny parts

Funniest Clinic Duties | House M.D.
Funniest Clinic Duties | House M.D.


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #38

This week I didn’t get a chance to record this video on Sunday (I was working on my rental) so I had to do a “quick” version during lunch on Monday.  So sorry for the rushed version but you can check out what we automated last week in this video.

What we automated with AutoHotkey #38
What we automated with AutoHotkey #38


Testimonial:

Rob W. is a radiologist we’re helping and, in response to a script we wrote him said

“I feel like a kid on Christmas morning❗”

I’m telling you, you’re missing out if you don’t have us automate your work for you!

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 230 hours of recordings teaching AutoHotkey that is exclusive to AHK Hero members❗

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

  • Hero Member’s questions & code
  • Customizing scripts depending how being used (A_Iscompiled display reload, etc.)
  • removing Caption window and being able to move a GUI
  • A_CaretX and A_CaretY are no longer variables in V2 – keeping track of where caret was created
  • Turning on/off Redraw on GUI/ “fixing” MRU option on ClipHistory

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

  • Find & hire people that are over-performing in crappy jobs Dan Kennedy
  • 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
  • Put systems in place that will allow ordinary people to do extraordinary things Joe Glines
  • Today is always the most productive day of your week Mark Hunter

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P.S. If you’re still using v1, I highly encourage you to take a look at v2.  While the v1 executable will be around for a long time, it doesn’t sound like it will continue to get updates.  Our v1 to v2 course is a great way to dive into v2 and has zero risk because of our double your money back guarantee.

March, 21st 2024 AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

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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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


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 Newsletter Jan 4th 2024 – Happy New Year🥳

Howdy ,

Happy New year!

I’m reading a great book entitled “Success Is an Inside Job: The Secrets to Getting Anything You Want” by Lee Milteer.  It reminded me of the great quote by Henry Ford

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

This also reminds me of one of my favorite books The Magic Power of Self-Image Psychology: Psycho-Cybernetics.  Dr. Maltz brilliantly explains how your self image will determine your potential.  Until you see yourself as someone that can succeed, you won’t!

I realized its something we need to address for both our AHK hero group and selling our AHK courses.   Many people don’t join/purchase a course because they feel they just can’t learn how to code.  And, as long as they keep that attitude, they are, probably, right!

Even though our courses are purposely designed for people with Zero background in programming, a lot of people have an inner-belief that they are not able to learn how to program and thus don’t!

The good news is we offer 200% money back guarantee on our courses!  So you literally have nothing to lose!  If, in the first 30 days, you’re not completely satisfied, ask for a refund and we will DOUBLE what you paid❗

Now on with the show…

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

Reading & Writing to files with AutoHotkey v2

Unlike other languages, reading and writing text to a file is incredibly simple!  We’ve extracted this video from our Intro to AutoHotkey in v2 course to show just how easy it is!

How to Read and Write to Text files with AHK v2 Extract from Intro to AHK
How to Read and Write to Text files with AHK v2 Extract from Intro to AHK


Intro to working with xPath with AutoHotkey ⚡

During a team meeting Isaias was giving Irfan an overview of using xPath with AutoHotkey.   Thankfully I decided to hit the record button as Isaias gave a great introduction to using this powerful & useful approach.  So check out this video and discover how AhK & xPath is amazing!

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


What we automated with AutoHotkey: #27 Year-End Review

For a change of pace I looked back over the last 365 days to see what AutoHotkey scripts had been modified.  To my surprise the number was really, really big!   Check out some of the major things we did over the last year in this video.

What we Automated with AutoHotkey #27 2023 Year in Review
What we Automated with AutoHotkey #27 2023 Year in Review


Quick Review of Built-in AutoHotkey Variables

There are a LOT of built-in Ahk variables.   We have the same script in both v1 and v2 that will grab all of the built-in variables and display’s their current contents for you. It’s super handy to have this in your back-pocket as developing new scripts.  You can see us demonstrating the script here in this video.

How to Search and Examining Built-in Variables in AutoHotkey
How to Search and Examining Built-in Variables in AutoHotkey


📚 What we’re Reading / Watching

Daily Habits of Successful People | Brian Tracy
Daily Habits of Successful People | Brian Tracy


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Win + i

Want to quickly jump to your System Settings?  Use Windows + i❗


🤣 A spot of Humor:  We’re going to DIE❗

“We’re Going to Die!”


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

  • Create exceptional Opportunities for Exceptional people Dan Kennedy
  • When experiencing problems with tools, typically you should blame the operator, not the tool Joe Glines
  • Motion beats meditation Gary Halbert
  • People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything Thomas Sowell

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P.S. I’m a firm believer that your attitude has an enormous influence on your abilities.  Sometimes you need a “quick win” to boost your self esteem in convincing yourself your able to do even more!

If you’re worried you don’t have the skills you need to be using a PC, you should check out our course that is almost complete where we teach the bare-basics of using your PC as more than a word processor. Sign up for the alerts and you’ll get a discount!  Don’t worry, there is no commitment when you sign up and as with all our courses, if you choose to purchase, we offer 200% money back guarantee!