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October, 2022 AutoHotkey Newsletter

October 2022, AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter: October 27th, 2022

Howdy %Name%,

You know how real estate prices recently went nuts?
I know, I know, there’s a ton of money in real estate. Long ago I realized there was something that returned a MUCH better return-on-investment, and the risk was pretty much zilch

It’s my brain 🧠❗

In my head, I can solve all sorts of problems and people pay me huge bucks to do so.
I am in the investment game.  It’s just that I don’t deal in real estate, or stocks or bonds, or anything else “physical”.

I deal in brain power⚡.  Giving advice and writing code that changes lives and alters the future.
Invest in yourself and learn.

Now on with the show…



The magic of AutoHotkey

The magic of AutoHotkey

AHK products


Forcing any program to always be on top

If you’re using a laptop, my Window Snipping tool is super helpful to keep parts of your window and then easily removing it later.   But sometimes it helps to change a program to be always on top.  In AutoHotkey it is amazingly simple and I show you how to do it here.

How to easily set any program to stay on top of all others❗

How to easily set any program to stay on top of all others❗


maestrith
Adding a thousands separator to your numbers

Often we have values that we’d like to display in AutoHotkey.  In this video I show a simple RegEx provided to me years ago by Maestrith (author of AHK Studio).  The nice thing about this function is you can decide on the separator (in the U.S. we use a comma however other parts of the world they use a period).  If you’re new to Regular Expressions, I highly recommend you take a look at some of these tutorials.  For testing Regular Expressions I like to use RegEx101 and have this AHK Quick reference page open.  You also might want to work through Jack Dunning’s excellent AutoHotkey book on RegEx (I did❗).

How to easily add thousands separator to a number in AutoHotkey

How to easily add thousands separator to a number in AutoHotkey


Functional vs. Procedural programming

Do you know the difference between Functional vs. Procedural programming❓  Neither did I however Isaias walked me through some of the main differences in this video.

Functional / Procedural VS. Object Oriented Programming languages

Functional / Procedural VS. Object Oriented Programming languages


Outlook emails

For our clients we’ve been doing a lot of Outlook automation.  Since Outlook has a COM object it is really easy to automate with AutoHotkey.  In this video I demonstrate how to easily get a few items.  If you’d like to learn more, you might check out our Webinar where we showed several examples of automating Outlook.

Outlook Email Object- Getting Name, email, Send date, etc.

Outlook Email Object- Getting Name, email, Send date, etc.


WMI: Windows Management Instrumentation

There is no easy way to describe  the amount of ways you can easily poke & prod windows using WMI.  In this video I demonstrate many of the functions you can use to pull information out of your Windows environment.

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and AutoHotkey

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and AutoHotkey


📚 What we’re reading


⚡️Productivity tips :  Make important behaviors measurable

To make progress toward any goal, it helps to track our progress.  Monitoring your progress is a great way to make sure it gets done (and gives us great ways to evaluate how efficient we are being


🤣 A spot of Humor

Thankfully we have AutoHotkey

updatecomputers


QAPbr Quick Access Popup news

Want to easily access your mobile devices?  Quick Access Popup has some great built-in tools for doing this!  In this video Jean Lalonde, the author of Quick Access Popup, shows how to access and use them.


AHKHeroAnimation AHK Hero?

Want more time than the free hour? Have content that you can’t have on YouTube? Consider joining the 🦸‍♀️AHK Hero club! Members receive big discounts to courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.
They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 2nd “office hours” session which isn’t on YouTube.


🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own — Bruce Lee
  • If you want something done, ask the busiest person you know to do it and stand back!
  • I never lose. I either win, or learn. — Nelson Mandela

Live Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.



The-Automator

Joe, Isaias and staff

P.S.  Did you see that we added a Saturday session to the AHK Hero calls?   So for those of you that are too busy at work during the week, we now have a weekend call to join!


AutoHotkey Newsletter: October 20th, 2022

Howdy %Name%,

Do you have a checklist for your important processes?

Humans are amazing at some things and not so great at others.

We can often be very creative, using our imagination to solve very complicated problems far greater than any computer that has been created!  We’re even very good at identifying patterns and coming up with a routine or process.  What we’re not good at is always using that process.

We often get sidetracked, distracted, or are just not thinking critically and forget.

How many times have you gone to the store to buy something specific only to get home and realize you didn’t buy the one thing you went there for?    That’s where having a list is incredibly helpful!

“Create a checklist for all important procedures”

There’s a reason why pilots have one! ✔

Now on with the show…



📢 Big News for the 🅰HK Hero members 🦸‍♂️ 📢 AHKHeroAnimation

Our AHK Hero community is growing & expanding!

We’re adding a Saturday session!😲   So now we’ll be having 3 hours of availability per week.

Find amazing friends & learn AutoHotkey in the AHK Hero Community

Find amazing friends & learn AutoHotkey in the AHK Hero Community

Our office hours sessions are getting to be quite fun and educational.  Its really great to be able to connect with others that share a passion for automating the mundane!

If you haven’t joined yet, I highly encourage you to take the leap!    If you’d like to read some testimonials, or learn more, you can do so here.

As a final note I’d like to mention we’re going to “cap” entries pretty soon.  We don’t have the bandwidth for more sessions and I want to make sure members have time to ask their questions so, if you’re considering joining, now is the time!   For the end of the week the ½ off coupon is still valid.  Use “50PercOffLiveSubs” on checkout (good for 3 more days).


fiddler Using Fiddler to help with an API

During last week’s call an 🅰HK Hero was having problems working with an API.  I asked if he had used Fiddler to analyze his traffic.  He hadn’t however I stressed he watch some of my Fiddler videos to better understand what is being sent (and what he thought was being sent).   Interestingly enough, later that day, Isaias was having issues with an API and we used Fiddler to identify the problems we were having.  APIs are amazing but they can be complex.  Our webinar on APIs is a great place to start!

AutoHotkey Webinar 06/2017 Hour 1-Web services / API calls with AutoHotkey


AutoHotkey Webinar 06/2017 Hour 1-Web services / API calls with AutoHotkey


Using LIB folders

In a consultation call with a new AHK Hero member (welcome Erik O.) we were helping them better structure their testing framework for AutoHotkey.   (Sort of similar to what Chunjee mentioned in this video but much, much more complex).   Anyway, it reminded me of just how helpful LIBs are and properly using the #include directive can be. Isaias showed us all the testing environment that Lexikos uses with AutoHotkey.

If you’d like to learn more about #include read this post,

Properly using AutoHotkey ❰LIB❱ (and where AHK searches)

Properly using AutoHotkey ❰LIB❱ (and where AHK searches)


Setting a Window to Always on Top

Did you know that, with AutoHotkey, it is super-easy to set a window to always be on top?  In this video I show just how easy it is to assign a hotkey to the process.

How to easily set any program to stay on top of all others❗

How to easily set any program to stay on top of all others❗


Simple GUI for snippets

Y’all know I’m a huge fan of Quick Access Popup.   But sometimes you want something very simple and fast.  In this video I show how easy it is to create a GUI to show you the snippets of text to any edit field.

Easily select from a list and send a snippet of text with AutoHotkey

Easily select from a list and send a snippet of text with AutoHotkey


SciTE Debugging your scripts with SciTE4AutoHotkey

Isaias rocks debugging in VS Code but many of y’all are probably more comfortable in SciTE4AutoHotkey.   I have two videos where I show how to debug AutoHotkey code using SciTE.   The first video I show some of the basics.  In the second video I goa bit deeper.

BTW I still use it but do my AutoHotkey programming in AHK Studio.

Debug AutoHotKey with SciTE | Level up your AHK programming today!

Debug AutoHotKey with SciTE | Level up your AHK programming today! How to Debug with SciTE Part 2 | A deeper dive into debugging AutoHotkey code with SciTE4AutoHotkey


Giving an option to Add to Startup Process

I’m on a call right now with a client and Isaias where they are building-in an option into the tool to ask the user if they would like the script to be added to the startup menu.  We were discussing a couple of options (One being updating the registry directly the other creating a shortcut in the Startup folder.)

This reminded me that, in Windows XP & Win 7, it was super easy to add a script / program to your Windows startup process.   But Windows 8 and Win 10 made it more difficult so we created a simple tool to make it easier.  You can review the tool here and, if you’re interested, grab it here.

Add to startup: Easily add / remove programs from Windows Startup

Add to startup: Easily add / remove programs from Windows Startup


📚 What we’re reading


⚡️Productivity tips:  Institute the “Five-Minute Rule”

If you can do a task in five minutes or less do it right away!

If you spend a couple minutes understanding a task, but don’t take action, you’ll have to waste time refamiliarizing yourself with the task at a later date.  Multiply that by dozens of times throughout a week, and you’ll see chunks of time gained back.   It’s better to just “getter done”❗


😢 A spot of Humor Sadness

Make sure you watch this and listen very carefully.  There are some important, albeit tearful, “life lessons” you can learn here:

tearfullessons


🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Fact: You have just as much time as: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Thomas Jefferson & Einstein. It’s all about prioritizing & staying focused (and using 🅰utoHotkey❗)
  • Never be handicapped by your education Dan Kennedy
  • Never let success get to your head🧠, never let failure get to your heart💗

Live Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.



The-Automator

Joe, Isaias and staff

P.S. I seriously think you should sign up for being an AHK Hero.  It’s far better value and experience than you think!
Besides what is the risk? Surely a few dollars is worth changing the direction of your life! Sign up now and, if you’re not 💯% satisfied, you can quit at ANY time


AutoHotkey Newsletter: October 13th, 2022

Howdy %Name%,

I talk a lot about self-improvement as I’m a huge believer in investing in yourself over investing in “things”.    With AutoHotkey we’re able to work smarter, not harder!  In Steven Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“, habit number 7 is “Sharpen the Saw” (here is a short video illustrating the point.

Earlier last week I read this quote the other day from Jim Rohn

“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job”

My question to you is What are you doing to work on yourself at the moment?

Why not join us in the AHK Hero group?  Its amazing how much we are learning from each other!  While you get great discounts to courses the real value is the time, both in the private Telegram group and on our Office hours calls, where we ask questions and get answers!   Often just seeing how others are using AutoHotkey is inspirational🧠!

Stop being part of the “hustle culture” and start working smarter!

If you use this discount code “50PercOffLiveSubs” , you can become a hero at 1/2 price! however this coupon code is only good for the next 3 people so act now

Now on with the show…



Configure AHK Toolkit for V2

Isaias wrote the AHK Toolkit over 10 years ago!  He’s made small improvements over the years but one great functionality that he’s (manually) added was making it easy to run V2 scripts.  Unfortunately he hasn’t updated the GUI yet so, in this video, he walks through how to make the updates yourself.

Configuring AHK Toolkit for V2


Configuring AHK Toolkit for V2


Sending lots of Text

It’s amazingly simple with AutoHotkey to send text to an edit window!  But your mileage may very when you’re sending a lot of text!   In our HotStrings course I walk through a couple of ways to send large amounts of text.  I decided to put the video up on YouTube so everyone can access it.

How to send a lot of text with AutoHotkey


How to send a lot of text with AutoHotkey


Easily Navigate to Frequently used folders

While we’re on the topic of HotStrings,  a while back I showed how handy it can be to have HotStrings set up for frequently used folders.  I use these many times a day and highly recommend you have some for your frequently accessed folders.

Easily navigate to Folders with HotStrings


Easily navigate to Folders with HotStrings


Refactoring Code

Isaias and I share a lot of code on the-Automator and in our videos however we often don’t show the process the code went through, we just share the finished code.  This makes a lot of sense however it leads people to believe that, what we share, is what we originally came up with.  I saw a pattern in some code I wrote the other day that changes the size of font in text that is selected in either Excel or Word and decided to record a video showing the refactoring process.

Example Condensing Code and Refactoring code


Example Condensing Code and Refactoring code


Comparing lists

A short time ago I shared this video where Chunjee demonstrated various uses of his bigA class.  I didn’t mention it then however it reminded me of this little GUI tool I wrote that simplifies comparing lists.  In this video I show how to use it and how helpful it is!   BTW- it was one of the first GUIs I built!  If you’re new to GUIs, check out our GUIs are Easy course.

Easily Compare lists / comparing sets Sets with AutoHotkey


Easily Compare lists / comparing sets Sets with AutoHotkey


Functions are your lowest-hanging fruit! 🍒

If you’re new to AutoHotkey Functions are, by far, the easiest and fastest way to “level up” your programming skills!  They are essential and you need to learn them today!   I cover some of the basics in this video but I dive deeper in our Intro to AutoHotkey Course.

How to use functions in AutoHotkey| Level-up today!


How to use functions in AutoHotkey| Level-up today!


📚 What we’re reading

Work faster by adding YOUR buttons to the Excel Quick Access Toolbar


Work faster by adding YOUR buttons to the Excel Quick Access Toolbar


⚡️Productivity tips:  Schedule every phone call

To some, a productive day means one spent making phone calls. And that’s OK, but it needs to be predetermined. Schedule your calls, even if it means locking in a schedule in 30-minute increments. It’s worth it!


🤣 A spot of Humor

All jokes aside, true leaders lift up those beneath them.

liftup



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AHK Hero?

Want more time than the free hour?
Have content that you can’t have on YouTube? Consider joining the 🦸‍♀️AHK Hero club! Members receive big discounts to courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.
They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 2nd “office hours” session which isn’t on YouTube.

If you use this discount code “50PercOffLiveSubs” , you can become a hero at 1/2 price! however this coupon code is only good for the next 3 people so act now


🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Good leaders don’t make excuses. Instead, they figure out a way to get things done — Jocko Willink
  • You’re like a dull knife that just ain’t cutting. You’re talking loud and saying nothing James Brown
  • Life is better when you start forgiving the people who never apologized. Zig Ziglar

Live Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.



The-Automator

Joe, Isaias, and staff


October 6th, 2022

Howdy %Name%,

Once upon a time…

There once was this guy who was struggling. He was working 80+ hours a week to get ahead however moving up the ladder was a slow and painful process.

He then attended some training that showed how he could use “macros” to automate his work.  Unlike others in the class, he marveled at the overall concept and forced himself to learn how to use them.

It took a considerable amount of time and energy however, with perseverance, he kept at it and was able to automate much of his work.

For instance, when he started a new job, his predecessor told him a huge part of it was reporting on one project.  She worked from Mon-Friday morning and then had ½ a day on Friday to do other work.

From using macros & automation he was able to create much more advanced reporting that his predecessor and get it done in 10 minutes on Monday freeing up the rest of his week❗

I know this story is true because this is MY story.  Nearly 20 years ago I realized that:

“Knowledge is Power; Automation knowledge is a Super Power ⚡”

Back then I was just automating one program (SPSS).  Now I use AutoHotkey to automate nearly everything❗

And the best part is YOU CAN TOO!

Just keep applying and pushing yourself.  We have plenty of free content and AutoHotkey courses that can help nudge you along however, in my opinion, the best way is to join the AHK Hero club and start learning with, and from, your peers.  If you use this discount code “50PercOffLiveSubs” , you can become a hero at 1/2 price! however this coupon code is only good for the next 3 people so act now

Now on with the show…



bigA is an amazing class for working with Objects, Arrays and Text

An AutoHotkey hero member told me about bigA by Chunjee.  I took a quick look at its methods and was impressed.  Having done some work in Python and JavaScript I was always jealous of being able to easily slice text and perform many functions (like merging arrays, detecting the difference between arrays, etc.).

I reached out to Chunjee (he’s often on our free Friday calls) and he agreed to give us a demo / walk through.   Great job on the video and the class Chunjee❗   Y’all might want to subscribe to his YouTube channel.

Great Class for working with Arrays, Objects and Text with Chunjee

Great Class for working with Arrays, Objects and Text with Chujee

Remember, if you’re new to working with Classes / Objects, our course is a great way to learn them!

Intro to Classes


Basics of Troubleshooting your AutoHotkey Script

I recognize my audience is varied!  Some of y’all are far better programmers than I while others are just starting out.  This video is the second group!  When you’re new to AutoHotkey, it can be very hard to understand what is working and what isn’t!  I extracted this video from the Intro to AutoHotkey course.  It gives some solid tips on what to look for, where to look and things to try.

Troubleshooting your AutoHotkey Script (extracted from Intro to AutoHotkey)

Troubleshooting your AutoHotkey Script (extracted from Intro to AutoHotkey)

Intro to AutoHotkey


Combo lists rock!

Are you creating a GUI with a dropdown?  Did you know that a ComboBox is a great way to jazz it up?  In this video we show how easy it is to convert a DropDown list to a ComboBox.  Such a great way to allow people to add something to the list if it isn’t already there!

Massive improvement to dropdown list & using the Format command

Massive improvement to dropdown list & using the Format command


Semantic Versioning

Did you know that there is often a meaning behind the structure of versioning?  For instance, I’m currently running  AutoHotkey V1.1.34.03.   In this video Isaias explains the meanings and how it can be very helpful to understand (even outside AutoHotkey)

Semantic Versioning: Those numbers have important meaning!

Semantic Versioning: Those numbers have important meaning!


Window Snipping tool with OCR

In our private AHK Hero Telegram channel Mathew F. mentioned a tool he used for OCR (and other things).  I asked him if he used our WindowSnipping tool with OCR.  To my surprise he wasn’t aware of it so I thought I’d mention it here.  If you haven’t updated it recently you might want to grab it now.  Isaias patched a small bug in the script and made some other tweaks.  It’s by far our most popular download.   Don’t miss out!

What amazes me is that having a tool like this changes how you work in many programs!  Give it a try, I guarantee you’ll love it!

Window Snipping Tool now tied to Google Translate

Window Snipping Tool now tied to Google Translate


Automating Outlook 📧

For a couple of Clients we’re automating Outlook.  Outlook has a COM object which allows for some amazing functionality!  In this video I cover some of the basics for automating Outlook.  If you’d like to learn more about automating Outlook you might also want to check out our webinar on Outlook & AutoHotkey.  You can also look at our page on Outlook and AutoHotkey.

Outlook Email Object- Getting Name, email, Send date, etc.

Outlook Email Object- Getting Name, email, Send date, etc.



📚 What we’re reading


⚡️Productivity tips

Planning is one of the simplest, yet productive, ways to get more done.   Putting a little thought into what you’re working on, the order of things, pros/cons of them often lets you realize there are benefits you may not have realized.


🤣 A spot of Humor

This meme is painful because I know how he feels.   %Name%, are you the “free tech support” for friends & family?  I’ll bet you are!

noise


AHKHeroAnimation AHK Hero?

Want more time than the free hour? Have content that you can’t have on YouTube? Consider joining the 🦸‍♀️AHK Hero club! Members receive big discounts to courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.
They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and  “office hours” sessions which isn’t on YouTube.


🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Put systems in place that will allow ordinary people to do extraordinary things
  • You’ll never change your life until you change your daily routine
  • Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill
  • Work first, reward second, in order Dan Kennedy

Live Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.



The-Automator

Joe, Isaias and staff

P.S. there are 3 coupon codes left to join the hero program at 1/2 price. Use 50PercOffLiveSubs at checkout

Members agree, this is one of the best ways to level-up.

Join now, what do you have to lose

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July 2022 🅰HK Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter July 28th AutoHotkey newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

Has the non-stop barrage of bad news got that angst of anxiety bubbling up in your gut?

Are you worried about the economy, creditors swarming, job going south and everything else that can happen when the world goes crazy?  This cool trick can help you talk yourself off the ledge.

Write yourself a letter outlining all your troubles & your immediate plans. Be specific; just get it all out of your head (where it’s causing trouble) & onto the written page.

Then take a break. Hide the letter for 24 hours and let your unconscious work on solutions.  When anxiety kicks in, remind yourself that it’s all safely written down, so you don’t need to dwell. Your unconscious has a remarkable talent for organizing things and getting perspective on what’s important and what’s fluff.

Now on with the show…



AHKCon AHKCon

Did you sign up for AHKCon?  Isaias and I are 😃getting excited for the event! Here’s an outline of times & people.  All times are EDT

  • 10:00am-10:15 – Intro (Joe/Thom)
  • 10:15am-11:00 – AHK v1 vs v2 (Panel: Dimitri Geerts, Isaias, Tank, Joe/Thom)
  • 11:00am-12:00 – Prog approach & Which & when (Panel: Maestrith, Tank, Isaias, Joe/Thom)
  • 12:00pm- 1:00 – Objects / COM / Data structure (Lecture: Isaias & GeekDude[helping])
  • 1:00pm- 1:30 – Lunch (Open discussion/ Q&A Joe/Thom)
  • 1:30pm- 2:30 – Regex/String Man.(Performance, simplicity, etc.) (Panel: Isaias, Maestrith, Joe/Thom)
  • 2:30pm- 3:00 – IDEs: Which to use, When, Why (Panel: Isaias, Maestrith, Jackie, Joe/Thom)
  • 3:00pm- 3:45 – Data storage approaches (Panel: Isaias, Maestrith, Jackie, Tank, Jean, Joe/Thom)
  • 3:45pm- 4:00 – Closing (Joe/Thom)
  • 4:00pm- 4:30 – Free open talk


AHKCon Outline and Signup


Have an editable DropDown list

Have you ever created a GUI and used a dropdown list but wanted to be able to type in it if the option you want isn’t available?  Hello ComboBox!   In this video Isaias shows us just how simple they are to create and, near the end, adapt a DropDownList to a combobox is easier than you can believe!  Just more proof that GUIs are Easy in AutoHotkey!

Massive improvement to dropdown list & using the Format command


Massive improvement to dropdown list & using the Format command


Connecting to the Correct instance of a COM Object

We were working on a project for Thomas, an AHK Hero, where we connect to MS Word.  Unfortunately we discovered a really weird problem that, sometimes, MS word would have multiple instances running and ComObjActive would return the wrong instance.  I mentioned to Isaias that, in my Excel Function library, I used the ACC library to loop over all instances of Excel and find the right one.   Isaias took a look at the example and generalized it so it could easily be used for other programs with a COM object.   This is just one of the reasons learning Objects is really helpful!

How to connect to the correct COM object in MS Office Programs


How to connect to the correct COM object in MS Office Programs


Looping over an Object in a For Loop

Another 🦸‍♀️hero wrote us with a problem they were having looping over an object in a For Loop.  We were looking at the code when I realized the problem. We thought we’d document it as it can be a bit confusing when you first start looping over objects.

Avoid this simple mistake when working with a For Loop


Avoid this simple mistake when working with a For Loop


Creating a class that automatically executes code?

Isaias realized, in AHK Version 2, there’s an interesting way you can build your code where you have an object that will get executed (without being called).   We also discussed how, conceptually, the idea of private and public methods can be compared to API calls.


How to Auto Execute Classes


Easily accessing properties from UIA

While the new UIA library is amazing, it is a bit complex!   In this video Isaias shows how you can access some properties and methods that might trip you up.  This came up because, during our free live call on Friday, someone wasn’t able to get the value of an href.


How to easily access properties from UIA


LiveLive AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.


📚 What we’re reading / Watching


👨‍🏫 AutoHotkey GURU  Interview: Dr. Gabriel Cook

A long time ago I got one of my best friends into AutoHotkey.  In this interview I chat with Gabe about what he’s done with AutoHotkey, how it’s changed his life, and how much fun it is when we have our “code-cations” (we take a week off of work and get together learning something).

Examples of AutoHotkey |AutoHotkey Experts: Gabriel Cook


Examples of AutoHotkey |AutoHotkey Experts: Gabriel Cook


⚡️Productivity tips

Put it all down on paper.  I’m pretty sure it isn’t just that I’m “old school”.   Our brains work differently when we write things down.  Also organizing on paper is way different than on a computer.  I highly recommend writing your ideas, goals, etc. down and then let your subconscious work on them!  There’s the added benefit mentioned above how you’ll remove some of the stress trying to keep it all in your head.


🤣 A spot of Humor

How many of these 7 signs do you have? Hillarious video❗


Top 7 signs you're a Programmer.


QAPbr Quick Access Popup news

I had a chat with Jean Lalonde the other day.  As y’all are painfully aware, if you compile a script and send it to someone it’s fairly likely it will get flagged as a virus.  One work around is to get a certificate and sign the executable.  Unfortunately this costs a significant amount of money.   Jean just spent $500 which will cover the next 3 years and is looking for donations to help recoup his costs.  So, if, like me, you’re a QAP enthusiast, you might consider making a donation.  I contributed $25 because I don’t want a world where QAP doesn’t exist.   What’s it worth to you?


Certifying executables  QAP


AHKHeroAHK Hero?

Want more time than the free hour? Have content that you can’t have on YouTube? Consider joining the 🦸️AHK Hero club! Members receive big discounts to courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.
They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 2nd “office hours” session which isn’t on YouTube.  Pretty Soon they will have access to a members-only Telegram group where we can all help each other.


🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.Thomas Edison
  • What you plant now, you will harvest later — Og Mandino
  • Treat objections as requests for further information — Brian Tracy
  • It’s not how much you screw up that counts. Nope. It’s how you fix your messes that matters. — John Carlton


The-Automator

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July 21st AutoHotkey newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

When we are trying to turn a “no” into a “yes” we often try and approach it “logically” presenting a “strong argument”.  Sadly, more often than not, this doesn’t convince anyone of anything and just embeds people on their opposing point of view.   A much better approach is to avoid the conflict entirely and come in through the side door.

People are much, much more accepting if they believe it is “their” idea.  So start off by just agreeing with what they say.  Don’t argue, don’t put up a fight.  You can even compliment them on their idea.  Then, at a later point in time, come back to them and ask if you can make a small tweak to their idea.

In my experience It’s amazingly effective and so much more pleasant of an experience.  What’s really amazing is how much you can change the approach, yet people will still agree with it (partially because they believe it’s their idea but also because time has passed and they think “he was nice and agreed to me at first so I’ll let him have these changes.)  I learned this approach from the amazing book by David J Lieberman: Get Anyone to Do Anything (affiliate link).

Now on with the show…



AHKConAHKCon is approaching fast!

As I mentioned before the first AHK Convention is planned for Saturday August 6th from 10 EDT to 4:30 pm.  You can see what topics will be covered here.  Or sign-up for the event.


Properties & Methods in UIA

During last Friday’s live call we had a guest that was trying to get the text of an element that had a URL.  While UIA is amazing, it can be a little tricky so we made this video showing what you’ll have to do in order to get some properties or use some methods.  You can watch all of our UIA videos from this UIA YouTube playlist

How to easily access properties from UIA


How to easily access properties from UIA


Working with Objects in For Loop

Speaking of Friday calls… We had an AHK Hero reach out and ask for some troubleshooting when looping over an object with a For Loop.  This seemed like something that people new to objects would run into so we made a video walking through how to do it.   If you’re interested in learning more about the Loops, I cover 5 types in the Intermediate AHK course or, if you’re ready for a deeper-dive, Check out our Intermediate Objects course.  Both happen to be on sale at the moment!

Avoid this simple mistake when working with a For Loop


Avoid this simple mistake when working with a For Loop


Getting the correct Instance of COM objects

On a client project we ran into a little snag where, when we’d try and get the active MS Word object, it wouldn’t always return the correct one.  I told Isaias I think there was something in my XL Function library that we could learn from.  Sure enough, we were able to port the approach over and expand on it.  The new approach should be easy to update for most programs with a COM Object (we also created a V1 and V2 version)

How to connect to the correct COM object in MS Office Programs


How to connect to the correct COM object in MS Office Programs


Fast image search (on windows that are obscured)

Yesterday I was chatting with Shin from the Spawnova channel the other day.  It reminded me of the video we did about his amazing class that is crazy fast and finds images that don’t even have to be on-top!

👀How to perform Fast image search on Covered windows w/Spawnova


👀How to perform Fast image search on Covered windows w/Spawnova


Auto-Executing Classes in V2️⃣

Isaias is working a lot in AHK V2 these days.  In this video he walks through how to create an entire script that will be an object and run when launched.  We also discuss the general concept of private verse public methods.   Classes are amazing and incredibly helpful writing better organized code!  That’s one of the main reasons we created the Intermediate Objects course


How to Auto Execute Classes


Intro to Classes


📚 What we’re reading

⚡️Productivity tips

Never give up, never surrender (Galaxy Quest)


🤣 A spot of Humor

A friend of mine sent me this the other day.  Brilliant!

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🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Today is always the most productive day of your week. — Mark Hunter
  • What I lack in Skills & Abilities I make up for with Optimism & Determination
  • Not everyone likes you. — John Carlton
  • Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded — Yogi Berra

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July 14th AutoHotkey newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

Well summer has definitely hit here in Texas!  I was out working on a car in 104 degree weather 🔥 and felt like I was melting!  I bought a car that had been in an accident off a good friend (without actually seeing it).  It’s a 2010 Dodge charger with a 5.7 liter V8 Hemi engine.  It’s amazingly fun to drive (but not to fill with gas).

As I mentioned before, my son is 15 and will be driving soon so, at some point, I’d need to have another car so I can give him my current vehicle (a 2003 Toyota Echo).  I bought the Echo 15 years ago and it’s been an amazingly reliable car.  In all those years I’ve never washed it (other than strategically leaving it outside when I knew a hard rain was coming through).

Some people would probably be mortified to take a drive in it but I just don’t give crap!  All my life I’ve found ways to save 💲 without sacrificing quality.    When I worked in Corporate America and had to wear suits, I bought all of them from 2nd hand stores.  Even the tuxedo I got married in was bought for $10 at a Goodwill.   Many people would be embarrassed to mention this but not me.  I’m proud to!  You see, when I was ~14 I lived with my grandmother for a few years.  She lived through the “great depression” and I picked up some really good habits from her.  😊

It’s probably one of the reasons I’m so passionate about AutoHotkey!  It’s not “sexy”,  nor is it expensive however it can be super reliable which is what I really care about.   If your AutoHotkey scripts aren’t reliable then you might want to take a deeper look at how you’re using it.  Most people start using AutoHotkey by imitating human actions (like sending mouse clicks or key-strokes) rather than a programmatic approach (using COM, APIs, Controls, etc.)

If you’re wishing your automations were more reliable consider working through some of our courses or just schedule a consultation with us to point you in the right direction.

Now on with the show…



Amazing lessons on UI Automation with Descolada

It’s been an amazing week of discovery!  We’ve had some epic calls with Descolada out of Estonia.  He’s the author of the main updates to the UI Automation.

In this video Descolada teaches us about Patterns and other great tips for working with UIA & AHK

UI Automation patterns & Other GREAT tips for UIA [MUST WATCH❗]


UI Automation patterns & Other GREAT tips for UIA [MUST WATCH❗]


Here Descolada gives us some amazing insights if you’re trying to Automate a Chromium based App


Automating Chromium based tools with UI Automation: Descolada wows us again!


And this video he shows us how to do some basic web scraping with UIA


How to Automate Chrome with UIA


Easily use color highlighting to an Edit control

Last Friday Thom, from TABNation, mentioned he was building an IDE in AutoHotkey.  I told him about the call I had years ago with Maestrith and why, in AHK Studio, he used a Scintilla Control.   You might have seen this video where Isaias explains what a Scintilla Control is but I asked him to demonstrate how we can actually create and use one with AutoHotkey.  I’m really glad I did because I didn’t realize just how easy it is!😃

How to easily add color highlighting to an edit window with a Scintilla control


How to easily add color highlighting to an edit window with a Scintilla control


Creating responsive GUIs

I had a call with a client a while back that was stuck on creating a responsive GUI.  Isaias helped explain what is going on and the steps you need to take in order to build a GUI that is responsive in AHK.  If you’re new to GUIs, Isaias lead our GUIs are Easy course which is AMAZING!

How to easily Create a Responsive GUI


How to easily Create a Responsive GUI


📚 What we’re reading


👨‍🏫 AutoHotkey GURU  Interview: Jean Lalonde

Really fun to re-watch this video with Jean from 2018.  Jean’s lead several AHK Webinars for us and, in this video, we learn a bit more about him and his background with AutoHotkey & other tools.


Examples of AutoHotkey |AutoHotkey Experts: Jean Lalonde


⚡️Productivity tips

Having a routine is a very common pattern amongst top performers.  Busy people need to be very organized and structured.  For example Ellon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates were all strong believers in having a routine and sticking to it.  Do you have one?


🤣 A spot of Humor

Can you imagine watching this?    Old woman disappears in lake & emerges young


Woman Disappears In Lake | Just For Laughs Gags


AHKHeroAnimation AHK Hero?

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🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Knowledge is power; Automation knowledge is a “super-power”💪 — Joe Glines
  • Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. — Thomas Edison
  • Stop arguing. — John Carlton

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July 7th, 2022 AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

My contractor, just like most, has very rigid policies, and I get annoyed every time I call. Every question gets a “No

“Can I get an estimate over the phone?” Nope. “Can I get a ballpark range?” Not a chance.

What I hate more is that they are right❗  Let me explain…

At first, this really irritated me. I mean, why are they stubborn about this?! Then I realized that it’s actually best for them and me.

You see, just like in automation, every job is different.   Some jobs are super-simple while others turn-out to be a royal pain.  If we simple took the “simplest” approach (let’s say sending keystrokes & mouse clicks) we could probably come up with an idea of how much it would cost to automate something however, as I’m sure you’re painfully aware, that would lead to tools that often break and are troublesome.

This, of course, would also give clients the general impression that either AutoHotkey sucks or worse (that we suck!)  This is why, when we do project work, we always take time diagnosing the best approach taking into account many factors such as:

  • Who will maintain the code
  • How many computers will it run on
  • Who will be running the code
  • Will a GUI facility / help the script?
  • How frequently the code is going to be used
  • What happens if/when it breaks
  • What technology is available (COM, Controls, DLL Calls, UI Automation, API, etc.)
  • Has someone else already automated the programs we’re working with (Search AHK forum, StackOverflow, Reddit, our libraries, etc.)

It’s a lot of the same considerations we do when we help clients with their code in a consultation where we are not the ones that will be doing the work, but someone wants to get expert advice as to what is the best approach to take.

If we, or contractors, were to take the approach of giving ballpark figures we would be:

  • making a wag (wide ass guess)
  • planning on taking a fast/cheap approach regardless of what should be done
  • padding the numbers to make sure it covers the costs of times where it is harder than expected

So cut your contractors (and us) some slack when you aren’t able to get an estimate without having a discussion of what actually needs to be done.  Chances are someone is trying to be sure to give you a realistic figure.

Now on with the show…



Avoid these mistakes with the LIB folder

We notice many people new to AutoHotkey often don’t fully understand how to reference the AutoHotkey Library folder.  In this video we walk through some of the key points to using it.   I love using the LIB folder and have a ton of functions in there so I don’t need to use the #Include directive.

Properly using AutoHotkey ❰LIB❱ (and where AHK searches)

Properly using AutoHotkey ❰LIB❱ (and where AHK searches)


Using a 🇯ava🇸cript API

One of our clients wanted to leverage his  Regular Expression written in JavaScript.  He’s using it on an MS Word document to examine text and automate hyperlinking known items.  Since it was code was quite complex we needed a more sophisticated way to access JavaScript. In this video we show how we’re accessing JavaScript from within AHK! Very cool😎

How to execute JavaScript within AutoHotkey V2

How to execute JavaScript within AutoHotkey V2


Just how much time do you waste?

I asked Isaias to create a simple GUI to help calculate how much time we waste.  GUIs are very helpful to show data to non-coders.  If you’re new to GUIs you might consider our amazing GUIs are Easy course.

How much do you waste? Creating a simple Waste Calculator

How much do you waste? Creating a simple Waste Calculator


Getting an ID for UI Automation

One would think that when you get an “Automation ID” for UI Automation it would be unique (like an ID on webpage) however sometimes it’s pretty clear that the ID isn’t unique.  In that case you need to do some investigating to determine how you’ll be able to, uniquely, Identify the element.   In this video we talk through some of the approaches and also discuss the two stages (Discovery & Implementation).  We’ve seen many people always using the discovery tools (even after finding their IDs) which greatly slows-down the process.  If you’re enjoying this series, please make sure you comment in the video as it’s our lead indicator as to what we should focus on.

How to find a Unique ID for your automation & speed up your code❗

How to find a Unique ID for your automation & speed up your code❗


AHKHeroAnimationAHK Hero?

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They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 2nd “office hours” session which isn’t on YouTube.  With it on sale it’s $1.50 per week. 😲   The members have really enjoyed the calls so far.  Hope you consider joining


📚 What we’re reading


👨‍🏫 AutoHotkey GURU  Interview: Mason George

In this interview I chat with Mason out of Colorado.  Mason also lead our webinar on classes.  Amazingly Mason has been programming since he was 13!  I love talking to people that started programming early!  I think their brains get “wired” a little different than the rest of us…  😊

Examples of AutoHotkey |AutoHotkey Experts: Mason George

Examples of AutoHotkey |AutoHotkey Experts: Mason George


⚡️Productivity tip: Learn to say No

Saying no can be hard however it is one of the best ways to boost your productivity.  Reducing the amount of work on your “to-do” list is, by far, the way to truly gain huge amounts of time back into your day!  At one job I stopped doing a report (no, it wasn’t the “TPS report”) and gained a whole week back out of my month.   I had one client, out of ~50, ask what happened to the report and I just told her we found people weren’t using them.  Boom❗  25% more productive!


🤣 A spot of Humor

I’m at the age, and shape, that this is pretty accurate for me now…  Getting old sucks however it is better than the alternative!

machine


🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe, It Can Achieve. — Napoleon Hill
  • While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. — Henry C. Link
  • You can observe a lot by just watching — Yogi Berra
  • Spending time with someone is more important than spending money on them. — John Carlton

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The-Automator

Joe, Isaias, and staff

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P.P.S.  a customer reached out a while back.  He was in the Intermediate AutoHotkey course but weren’t sure if they were ready for the Intermediate Objects course.  I mentioned the Intermediate Objects course does cover basics of Objects but the Objects course goes way, way beyond that.  The dilemma was that the Objects course was on sale for ½ off but he wasn’t ready for it yet.  I told him not to “sweat it” and to go ahead and finish-up the Intermediate AHK course.  If/when he wanted to buy the Objects course I’d create a coupon to allow him to buy it at the sale price.   Well today he said he was ready to move forward so I created a coupon dropping the price from $99 to 💲49.   Since I was there I decided to create a few extra for y’all.   I saw he used the 1st coupon but there is 1 still available.  If you’re on the fence about buying it, now is a great time…   The coupon code is: “cd50PERCENT” and needs to be used during checkout.


Intro to Classes

2022 April AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter

April 14th AutoHotkey Newsletter

 

Howdy %Name%,

Last week, I talked about how important it is to consider your audience when you’re “selling” AutoHotkey/ your services.   This really applies to anytime you’re trying to convince someone of anything but let’s keep the focus on AutoHotkey.

Here’s a little slap of reality: Until you learn how to sell, you’re not going to enjoy the kind of success you’re entitled to.  You may want to fight this but I’m telling you, learning how to “sell” (sway others to your perspective) you’re always going to be fighting a battle.

First realize-it’s NOT YOUR FAULT. Don’t blame yourself for lacking the skill to know how to sell to your clients. Sadly we never focus on this type of thing in schools / college.  And you may even be offended that I’m discussing “sales” with you…a professional.  But the sad truth is it really isn’t the “best mouse trap” that wins.  It’s the “best mouse trap” in the mind of the prospect. 

Thinking of yourself as a “salesperson” might shock you. You’re probably thinking, “But Joe, I’m not a salesperson. I’m a professional. I help people, and I don’t need to sell.”

Let me gently but firmly tell you that you’re mistaken. And it wasn’t until I figured this out that I began “winning” with clients.

There’s nothing like the satisfaction of sitting down with someone and communicating with them on such a deep level that, by the time you’re finished, they’re thanking you profusely and want to hug you for helping them.

If you’re new to this mentality here are a few solid books that I refer back to over and over:

Now on with the show…

Monitoring programs Free tool from Microsoft 😎

I was annoyed with how my icons resort each other and asked Isaias if he had any ideas how Windows is keeping track of the order.  He suggested we use Microsoft’s Process Monitor which is a free tool included in system Internals suite.  Check out our video which helps show how to use it.


How to use Microsoft's Process Monitor know what a program is doing


Getting help from the-Automator (and other sources)

I’m so stoked that my AutoHotkey channel is getting more and more subscribers (it’s a bitter-sweet feeling that I passed Hellbent in the number of subscribers however I’ve bugged him about getting back to making more!)  Anyway I’m getting more and more requests to help people but I just don’t have the bandwidth to help everyone (besides, I do need to earn 💲).

That’s one reason we have our 1.5 hours of free help every Friday.  If you can’t attend, you can submit your question here and then watch it later on my channel.  If you want a reminder for the meeting you can sign up here.  If you do use a free source from Reddit, ahk forum, Discord, etc. please keep in mind the risks with getting free help.

We do offer consulting services. Quick questions, where we review your code/issue and point you in the right direction or edit your code are billed by the hour.

We do have free consultations when you have larger projects, where you want us to develop the code for you. In either case, you can go here and let us know what you’re looking for help on. And, of course, we always have discounts to our Udemy courses here.


Getting AHK help from the Automator or other sources


hellbentQuick Icons script by HellBent

Speaking of Hellbent, did you see his Quick Icon script on the forum for quickly creating an icon?  We were on a call over the weekend and he demonstrated it to me.  Really cool!  I plan to borrow from it heavily!


Intro to Classes / Advanced Objects course

Did you see our news about the Intro to Classes course? We’re still working on it but it already has over 2 hours of content and we’re working on adding more examples because classes are fairly abstract and having solid examples will really help us learn how to use them.
If you sign up to be notified you’ll get a 15% discount once we offer the course for sale. 😲

This is a great conversation between Maestrith and RaptorX / Isaias Baez discussing using classes and V2 (the course is based on V1 but we thought it important to mention some things available in V2)


Objects, Maps & more in AHK v2️⃣ with maestrith & RaptorX


🅰️HK’s best kept secret!

I’m always amazed at how many AutoHotkey users that don’t use HotStrings! They’re one of the simplest and easiest ways to be more productive! If you’re not using HotStrings, trust me, you should! In about 30 minutes Ryan Wells and I outlined around 80 uses of them. They’re just AMAZING! In this video I demo just how easy they are to create. I’m working on a QAP knock-off that will focus on creating snippets & HotStrings. I’m hoping to make some progress soon…


Automation Expert tells best kept secret to Work Smarter, NOT harder


AHK PodcastThe-Automators’ Podcast


📚What we’re reading


👨AutoHotkey GURU 🏫 Interview: Rick C.

This was an interesting interview. I was fortunate enough to have met Rick in person as he’s here in the DFW area. Unlike most AutoHotkey users, he’s a computer science major. Rick mostly works in Object oriented languages like C++, Java, C and more. His first use of AutoHotkey was being able to automate a GUI in another program (which AHK is amazing at!)


Examples of AutoHotkey |AutoHotkey Experts: Rick C


Productivity tips ⚡️

  • Step 1️- 🚀Very quickly write pseudo code of what you want done
  • Step 2️- Write the actual code that will work (but not “pretty”)
  • Step 3️- Refactor your code!
  • Step 4️- Rinse & Repeat!

A spot of Humor 🤣

Are you one of the people that fit this image? I know a few… BTW- do you find it refreshing to press the F5️ key❓ 🤣

closetab


QAPbrQuick Access Popup news

The other day I was on a client call and she wanted a very complex / advanced way to automate sending emails to employees (based on criteria in a database). While this is something we definitely could do, it would also have taken a decent amount of time to build into our tool (so it was cost prohibitive). I mentioned to her there was a super simple solution for having distribution lists and then recorded this video showing how I do it with Quick Access Popup.


How to easily create & manage a distribution list for ANY email / phone service


🗣️Quotable quotes💭

  • If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done — Bruce Lee
  • Do the hard jobs first. Easy jobs will take care of themselves. — Dale Camegie
  • You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there — Yogi Berra
  • You must stop expecting perfection — either from yourself, or your employees, or your customers and clients. It will never — John Carlton

LiveLive AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

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AHKConAHKCon

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Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey AutoHotkey FAQ AutoHotkey FAQ

The-Automator

Joe and staff

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🙏Favor for the-Automator (and AutoHotkey)

Do you watch Leila Gharani’s YouTube channel? If you use Excel you should as she, mostly, teaches Excel tips/tricks however today she released a video on AutoHotkey! Since she has over 1.6 million subscribers 😲 I hope it will give some attention to AutoHotkey. I commented a couple of times on the video. Can you please do me a favor and like my comments? The hopes being:

  • She’ll make more AutoHotkey videos (thus raising awareness of AHK to more people)
  • People that watch her videos will come check out my YouTube channel.

I’d really appreciate it!!! Let’s get the world to be more aware of AutoHotkey!

 


April 7th AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

I watched an AutoHotkey YouTube video the other day by an “expert”.  He was trying to “sell” his script/service to people.  Unfortunately, he was getting into the nitty-gritty technical details about his code🤓. As a result, I think most people would find the video painfully dull and/or make them feel stupid ☹. I doubt he gets many people to purchase/adopt his approach.

In ALL forms of communication, you need to pay attention to your audience’s knowledge & interests!

If you’re talking to a client, boss, or colleague, drop the tech talk / “geek speak”.  They don’t care about the nitty-gritty details about how something works; they are looking for solutions to their problems.

When you get into details, you’re not showing your audience how smart you are; you’re putting them to sleep and, in some cases, pissing them off 😡because they can’t follow what you’re saying.

Just remember, as Elmer Wheeler (considered to be America’s greatest salesman) “Sell the sizzle, not the steak🥩”.

Talk about solving their problems, and how your solution solves them.  Most people really want to know

  • You’re competent
  • your solution will solve their problems

Now on with the show…


Intro to AutoHotkey Classes & Objects Course

Have you ever seen a cool script on the forum but realized it’s using a “class” and not sure how to use it?  Want to improve the readability and maintenance of your code?   Are you familiar with Functions and ready for the next step?  Then our Intro to Classes course is for you!  We’re finishing up production of it but wanted to let you sign up here.  All people that sign up will get a
15%
😮 if/when they purchase.  We haven’t decided on the final price yet however it will be more than our typical courses because it is more niche & advanced.  I’m thinking the course should be available in a couple of weeks.


Overview of Intro to AutoHotkey Classes & Objects course


Default hotkeys for Editing / Reloading / Pausing / Suspending your scripts

When you’re creating a new script, it’s super helpful to have some default Hotkeys built into it while prototyping.  Here I demo a few that I have built-in to my template for new scripts.


Hotkeys to: Edit, Reload, Pause, and Suspend your scripts in AutoHotkey


What I’ve automated in AutoHotkey

Sometimes it’s inspiring to see what others have done with AutoHotkey (not the actual coding).  My playlist helps with this in general.  I made this new video a little while back.  How do you use AutoHotkey?  Anything worth bragging about?


What I've automated with AutoHotkey: WordPress tracking, MS Word, more


Searching for text within files

Sometimes I can’t remember what I’ve named a file OR I want to find files that use a bit of code.  GrepWin is a great, 🆓 free tool that searches within files


grepWin for Searching and Replacing Text within files: Must have tool!


Sending 💲 to Developing countries

If you live in a developing country or pay someone in one, you’re probably (painfully) aware how difficult, costly, and slow.   Isaias lives in the Dominican Republic and has tried many different ways to get money.  Most end up costing a fair amount to get the $ into his bank account.   We tried Xoom (a paypal service) and were very impressed with speed and costs.


Best way of Sending money or Getting paid outside the US


AHK PodcastThe-Automators’ Podcast


What we’re reading 📚

AutoHotkey GURU 👨‍🏫 Interview: Tank / Charlie Simmons

I’ve you frequent the AutoHotkey forum you’ve probably seen his posts.  This interview with Tank was before I got to know him well, but we had a wonderful chat.  As many others in AutoHotkey, he doesn’t have a background in programming yet does amazing things with AutoHotkey!  BTW- if you didn’t know it Tank runs the AHK Forum.


Productivity tip⚡️  Stop thinking🧠, start doing

Don’t get stuck in analysis paralysis!  Overthinking things won’t get you anywhere.  Ask yourself “what is one small step I can do now to move towards my goal?”  Get it done!

A spot of Humor

Gives a new meaning to “Hopeless Romantic”  🤣

romantic


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. Mark Twain
  • When someone tells me “no,” I just ask someone else. Joe Glines
  • A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore — Yogi Berra 🐻
  • Put aside a healthy pile of “Up Yours” money, so you can walk away from any situation you don’t like, and know you’ll survive. — John Carlton

LiveLive AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

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Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey AutoHotkey FAQ AutoHotkey FAQ

The-Automator

Joe and staff

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March 2022 AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter

March 17th AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

Are you crushing it? Have you learned what AutoHotkey can do and, like me, just blown away?

I just realized that I hadn’t shared this video on YouTube (it’s from our Intermediate AHK Udemy course). For those of you new to AutoHotkey, it’s a great, high-level overview of what you can do with 🅰️utoHotkey 💪. If you’re not new, I’d love to know what you think I should have mentioned in it.

Why you should learn AutoHotkey: What can AHK do?

AutoHotkey is an amazing tool. There’s so many ways you can use it to save you time⏰. There definitely is an investment to learn to code however it is worth every minute you spend!

BTW- The other day I borrowed a meme and adapted it to this. I think of AutoHotkey people as “doers” not people that sit around and talk forever about how to do things. What do you think?

crriticTalkerAHKer

Now on with the show…


🅰️HKCon‼️

Are you interested in attending the first AutoHotkey conference? I was talking to Thom Beech from TABNation during one of our Free Friday office hours and we decided it would be great to put something together for this summer. You can learn a bit about our plan here.

AHKConshort

AHKCon this summer: the 1st AutoHotkey virtual convention!


The Lost files

A long time ago the AutoHotkey forum used AutoHotkey.net to store files. Unfortunately it was hacked and the community lost a lot of great resources. While much of it was gone, people put together a nice list of scripts that were lost. In case you’ve never seen it, I made a short video and uploaded them here. Please keep in mind, I didn’t test all of the scripts in here so “Buyer beware” 💀

The lost files: Huge archive of AutoHotkey files from AutoHotkey.net


mySQL / ODBC connection

Have you tried to work with a SQL database but needed to get your connection string? The trickiest part to it is that, once you configure the driver / string you don’t have to do it again (it’s a “one and done” setting). So it’s easy to forget how to do it. For that reason Isaias and I made ourselves a video to document where we were getting it from for the mySQL ODBC connection. BTW I have a SQL Playlist in case you’re wanting to learn more about AutoHotkey & SQL

Adding the ODBC connection string for mySQL for AutoHotkey


Producing AutoHotkey newsletter 📧

I have a popular playlist entitled What I automate with AutoHotkey where I document some amazing things I’ve done with AutoHotkey. I recently documented the creating of this newsletter.


Producing the AutoHotkey Newsletter


AutoHotkey Wordle with source code💡

I was watching this video by Spawnova and he was showing his example of hacking Wordle. Do you play wordle? You can get Shin’s Wordle source code here.


AutoHotKey - Wordle Game with Source


What you need to know about Version2️

A while back we had a great webinar on V2️. I asked Dimitri Geerts and Isaias Baez to join me in another discussion to better understand what to look out for in V2, some of the new features, and what is most likely to trip you up. There were some really interesting things mentioned at the very end of the video. Not trying to make you stick around for the full two hours but the last 15 minutes had some things that you’ll want to know!


Switching to AutoHotkey v2: What you need to know about Version 2 AHK


The-Automators’ PodcastAHK Podcast


What we’re reading 📚


AutoHotkey GURU 👨‍🏫 Interview:

Back in 2018 I chatted with JoeDF regarding how he got into, and uses, AutoHotkey. At times there were bandwidth issues but it was still a great call!

Examples of AutoHotkey / AutoHotkey expert: joedf


Productivity tips ⚡️

Listen to music that doesn’t have lyrics (or the lyrics are in another language). Personally I’ll often throw on Zydeco music which is usually very up-beat and “feels” like it’s in another language.


A spot of Humor 🤣

01189998819991197253 is a tad harder than 867-5309‼️


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Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. — Thomas Sowell
  • Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. — Stephen King
  • Even Napoleon had his Watergate — Yogi Berra
  • Challenge your belief systems. It’s better to realize you’ve been wrong for years, than to stubbornly hold onto a delusion that holds you back. — John Carlton

Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow Live

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel. Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room. 👍


Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey AutoHotkey FAQ AutoHotkey FAQ

The-Automator

Joe and staff

P.S. Special thanks to the following for purchasing multiple AutoHotkey Udemy courses this month!


March 10th AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

gasprices

No matter where you live, it’s impossible to not feel the effects of gas prices & inflation!  Current estimates have the rate of inflation in the US between 6-10%.  That’s crazy high however, given what’s going on in the world with Ukraine / Russia, I think it’s just the beginning of sky-rocketing prices.  Why?  Because nearly everything is delivered by vehicles!  These gas price increases are going to be driving up the prices very soon!

So why am I bitching about it in the 🅰️🇺t🇴🇭🇴tk🇪🇾 🇳ewsletter?  Because I 💯% believe the best way you can get a raise 💵is to BE WORTH MORE!  One of the best ways to be worth more is to invest in yourself!  People that learn AutoHotkey:

  • Get work done faster
  • Are more productive
  • Produce fewer errors
  • Provide more consistent work / deliverables
  • Are less likely to quit

Of course employers LOVE all the above! As a direct result they try and reward them.  The #1 way of doing such is to 💰 pay them more!  So commit to yourself today to find ways to be worth more!

Learning AutoHotkey is just one of many ways to improve yourself!  Of course the best part of this is where’s the risk?  If your employer doesn’t increase you’re pay you’re STILL WORTH MORE!

In case you missed the video I did ranting about being worth more, you can see it here; it’s one of my personal favorites!

Want to get a raise? Be worth it!- Investing in yourself is critical to succeeding!

Now on with the show…


Calculating time savings

A few years back I created this spreadsheet 📈 to help calculate savings /earnings by automating programs.  Do you ever try and calculate this? Also, do you think I should create a version of the spreadsheet in AutoHotkey?

Calculating Time and Money savings from automating a process


Regular ExpressionsSwiss%20army%20knife

I was amazed how many people that do some coding are not aware of Regular Expressions.   When I first became aware of them I thought they were neat but that I rarely had the need.  But the more programs I wrote, the more I realized parsing text is a very common task to have!  In this Intro to RegEx video I cover the basics.  You can see my RegEx playlist here.  I also highly recommend Jack Dunning’s book on RegEx.  I bought it years ago and it really helped me learn them quickly and easily.

RegEx-Intro to Regular Expressions in AutoHotkey | pattern matching is easy


AutoHotkey Commands verse Functions

Speaking of parsing text, the other day I released a video showing both the Command StringSplit and the function StrSplit().  It’s one of the things that often confuses people new to AutoHotkey so I talk through both and why I prefer functions over commands.

AutoHotkey example Command vs Function on String Split


MS Word Macro recorder and COM

I’ve recently made a few videos demonstrating using AHK & COM to automate MS Word.   In this video I didn’t have an example to borrow from so I showed how I used the built-in Word VBA macro recorder to generate the VBA code and then adapt it to AutoHotkey COM code.   COM is an amazing way to, programmatically, connect to and automate Word!

How to use MS Word macro recorder to write AutoHotkey code


Using AutoHotkey to auto-generate numbers & delimiters

I’m not in love with how the script was implemented, but I love the idea and that he’s made a video showing how you can easily generate numbers parsed by a character.   I’d make some tweaks to it but very cool to see others pushing out AutoHotkey examples!

AutoHotkey - AHK - GUI Number Iteration Tool


Selecting and saving a file path in an ini file

Getting user feedback is a great way to make a script more flexible. Here Thom, from TAB Nation, shows how you can easily get user feedback and save in an ini file.

AutoHotkey INI 6 - Let The User Pick File Paths and Save It


The-Automators’ PodcastAHK Podcast


What we’re reading 📚


AutoHotkey GURU 👨‍🏫 Interview: Ryan W.

In this AutoHotkey Expert interview I talk with a master Marketing guru that uses AutoHotkey among many other tools to automate his work.  Ryan’s a  super-bright and innovative guy that readily picks up any technology to solve his need.

Examples of AutoHotkey / AutoHotkey expert: Ryan Wells


Productivity tips  ⚡️

Everybody has a time of the day that we’re “on fire”.  A time when our brains are just kickin-butts and takin names.  Interestingly we’re all different as to when that time is but, I’m willing to bet, you know when your time is!

The tip for this week is to make sure, during that window of time, you do the most tasking/ difficult work you have.  Don’t do things you can “do in your sleep”.  For me, the time is about 1 hour after I wake up.   In the early afternoon I typically cool-off and then I handle things like replying to emails, etc.

When is your “take no prisoner” time?


A spot of Humor 🤣

Priceless!  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used that key phrase…

The IT crowd - Truest moment about tech support


Quick Access Popup newsQAPbr

I learned a bit last week regarding how to add a “close this menu” option to Quick Access Popup.  Very easy way to make sure you don’t end up with a hung window.  Note, you’ll only need this if you’ve created a hotkey to open a submenu (which I highly recommend)

Adding a


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own. — Bruce Lee
  • It’s amazing how much you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit — Joe Glines
  • Do the hard jobs first. Easy jobs will take care of themselves. — Dale Camegie
  • You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six — Yogi Berra
  • Say “sorry” and “I love you” often and without self-consciousness — John Carlton

Live AutoHotkey Support TomorrowLive

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.


Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey AutoHotkey FAQ AutoHotkey FAQ

The-Automator

Joe and staff

P.S.  Special thanks to the following for purchasing multiple AutoHotkey Udemy courses this month!

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March 3rd AutoHotkey Newsletter

Hi %Name%,

March is here and I’m looking forward to getting outside to take advantage of our new horseshoe pit and volleyball net.  😊

For the 🐎horseshoe pit I found a nice place that will get afternoon shade.  Unfortunately, the backstop for the first one got set up a bit off-angle which would put the other side a bit out in the Sun.  I could have left it but I knew, every time I’d be out there sweating, I’d be cursing myself for not doing it “right” the first time.  It reminds me why I learn to use API approaches (COM, Controls, Windows Messages) over Human approaches (Sending keystrokes or mouse clicks).  If you take a bit more time at the beginning you’ll be much happier with the results!  While API techniques are a bit more complex, they’re also much more reliable and faster than imitating a human.  If the overall concepts are confusing to you, RaptorX and I discuss it in this video.   Speaking of which, Isaias Baez (RaptorX) should be back starting next Monday!  😊


APIs compared to Human Interfaces: How do you use AutoHotkey?

You also might be interested in this video where I discuss 17 different techniques to automate programs with AutoHotkey.   The main point being, taking a little time to learn up front can really payout for the rest of your life!  Why not invest in yourself and make the rest of your life easier by learning AutoHotkey?


17 Ways to Automate Windows Programs | Learn all the approaches in AHK

Now on with the show…


What I’ve automated with AutoHotkey

The other day I was updating my AutoHotkey resources file that is in my Udemy Bonus Lectures and decided to document some of the process.  In the video I cover various things I do on a regular basis.  How I add tracking to the documents so I can tell what works (and what doesn’t).  I even show my MS Word script for search & replacing hyperlinks.


What I've automated with AutoHotkey: WordPress tracking, MS Word, more


Searching for Text across files 🔎

Are you sometimes looking for files with specific text in them?  Or want to search/replace text within multiple files?  GrepWin is a great FREE tool for doing just that!  I recorded a short video showing how easy it is to use .  I’ve used it for longer than I can remember and it’s saved my butt many times!


grepWin for Searching and Replacing Text within files: Must have tool!


API Calls, Fiddler, SMS Texting and more

I was talking with Denilson Padilla about using APIs, monitoring network traffic with Fiddler and other things.  Denilson is in Brazil and has a YouTube channel in Portuguese.  I think we’re going to have regular calls on Monday evening so look for more videos with us discussing various AutoHotkey things.   I’m considering letting others join the call (for a nominal fee).  If you’re interested in being a part of this, shoot me an email.


Discussing APIs, texting, and more with fellow AutoHotkey Youtuber


Automating Outlook emails

In our AHK Facebook group I’ve been seeing several questions about using AutoHotkey with Outlook.  I recently demonstrated how easy it is to get: Name, email, subject line, etc. but we also covered Outlook in this webinar which had several great examples.  Automating Outlook with COM is an amazing!


Outlook Email Object- Getting Name, email, Send date, etc.


The-Automators’ PodcastAHK Podcast


What we’re reading 📚


AutoHotkey GURU 👨‍🏫 Interview:  Tank

Back in 2018 I chatted with Charlie Simmons / Tank (AutoHotkey forum admin).  Tank’s got a long background in automation and used to travel around implementing Automation Anywhere.  We discuss using the DOM (Document Object Model) can greatly improve your web scraping ability (and make your code more reliable). He also gives some insights to the pricing and negatives with Automation Anywhere.


Examples of AutoHotkey |AutoHotkey Experts: Charlie Simmons /Tank


A spot of Humor 🤣 – Look I’m Superman!

I was looking for an old video and stumbled upon this gem which I made ~25 years ago when I was going to college to work in TV production.  The class requirement was to create a PSA (Public Service Announcement) that was exactly 30 seconds long.  In the video you’ll see me jumping off a roof. I’d put a couch down below but it was really hard to force myself to jump (and not land on my legs).  Sorry about the quality, I honestly didn’t think I had any copies of it so I’m glad I found this one!


Unplanned Parenthood- PSA from 1995


Quick Access Popup news
QAPbr

I had a “hung window” in Quick Access Popup the other day and asked Jean how to avoid this.  He gave me a tip and I quickly added a “close this window” to my submenu.  Very quick tip to avoid it!  Check out the video here.


Adding a


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. — Thomas Sowell
  • 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
  • A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore — Yogi Berra 🤣(with inflation these days it’s very true!)
  • Lead by example, not big talk. In fact, shut up until you’ve earned the right to talk by honing your chops. — John Carlton

Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

Live

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.


Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey AutoHotkey FAQ AutoHotkey FAQ

The-Automator

Joe and staff

P.S. Special thanks to the following for purchasing multiple
AutoHotkey Udemy courses last month!

6 Peter E. 2 Marc P. 2 Ewelina W.
3 Sam B. 2 Malgorzata M. 2 Ewa N.
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