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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

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.


AHKConAHKCon

Did you sign up for AHKCon? We’re planning on having it on August 6th-7th. Sign up here so you’re kept informed!


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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🙏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

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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  • 2 Radoslaw P.
  • 2 John Arnel G.
  • 2 Haylan W.
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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!

  • 3 Bonnie O.
  • 2 Greg S.
  • 2 Tom S.

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.


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AutoHotkey Newsletter: December, 2021

AutoHotkey Newsletter

Here is the December AutoHotkey Newsletter!

December 30th, 2021

Howdy %Name%,

Well 2021 is on the way out and I’m excited and optimistic for 2022.  How about you?
Any plans to learn a new automation topic?
I need to dive deep into Classes.   I actually found around 4+ Hours of videos of Maestrith & Hellbent where Maestrith
was teaching us classes.  I’m going to see if I can edit them and clean them up decently enough to share.
If you didn’t see the intro to Classes tutorial that Jean Lalonde did for us, you should check it out! 👍  Make 2021 the year you really start investing in yourself.  I guarantee you this, you’ll never be disappointed you learned something that saves time & makes your life easier!

BTW- I did just hit a major goal.  I created my 1,000 AutoHotkey video‼️ 😃
That’s a LOT of videos!  I want to thank you for watching my videos.  I’ve learned a lot over the years and have been improving in my video
skills (but still have much to learn).
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From what I can tell I have at least 3X the number of AutoHotkey videos as any other channel.u
Soon I hope to surpass HellBent with the total number of subscribers.  If you’re not a YouTube subscriber, please consider it.  I only mention a fraction of my videos in this newsletter.

hellbentHellbent said, when I pass him, he’ll start making more videos so, ironically, subscribing to me will get him back in the game.  😊


Developer’s corner

The Magic of ActiveX maestrith

Years ago I was on a call with Maestrith when HellBent joined and had a question about how to speed-up his GUI.
He was using a traditional GUI approach and, when he’d draw ~1,000 items, it was slowing way down.   Maestrith, on the fly, showed us how to
create an ActiveX GUI and then adapted HellBent’s GUI to make use of it.  The
audio quality is poor and the video is grainy however I think it was some AMAZING teachings!   Just remember, there was zero prep on this so
Maestrith was troubleshooting as he’s developing.  You can get the scripts here.
Also, this video was ~45 min.  I decided to make a short version talking
through the first script he developed which you can check out here.


The Magic of ActiveX & AutoHotkey: Maestrith adapts Hellbent's code


API Example: Append name & Address to phone number ☎️

In this quick walk through I show how handy Webservice APIs can be!   I used a service to look up phone numbers append demographic information about who (supposedly) owns it.  Of course this is just scratching the surface of APIs.  I
have a TON of examples and tutorials on our API page

.
API Tutorial: Append name & address to phone numbers with Data247

Our API webinar is top-notch! Be sure to check it out!


tabnationHelp Tab Nation  / How does AHK work in your games 🎮?

In this video, Thom, from Tab Nation,  asks for your help in learning how AutoHotkey works with various games.  You can use this source to understand how to use AutoHotkey with the games or comment on the video to help others!

AutoHotkey - How AHK Works With Different Games? You Tell me!


The-Automators’ Podcast


Quick Access Popup news

I’ve been doing some shorter Quick Access Popup tutorials.  In this tutorial Jean Lalonde and I show how easy it is to add icons (which really help you find what you’re looking for).  BTW we did a follow up video (not released yet) which shows how you can update your Windows folder icons (both manually and with qap).


Troubleshooting your Hotkeys & HotStrings

Temporarily raising your script to an Admin level is a quick/ easy way to troubleshoot your script.  It’s not a great permanent fix, but it’s a great first step to see if it is a problem.


What we’re reading 📚


Productivity tips  ⚡️

  • Version 1 is infinitely better than version none!
  • Learn to take short-naps! (Most days I take one-two 3 minute naps)
  • Do your most dreaded task first
  • Things that contribute to productivity often take more time than they save. Don’t sweat it!
  • Winners are NOT those who never fail but those who never quit.

A spot of Humor 🤣

space


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • When someone tells me “no,” I just ask someone else. — Joe Glines
  • Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. ― Leo Babauta
  • My whole philosophy is working smarter and not harder. And making sure I’m using little effort and getting a huge effect. — Anthony Pettis

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December 23rd, 2021

Howdy %Name%,

It seems hard to believe but Christmas is here🎄! I hope you’re able to spend time with the people you care about!

Last night I received a generous donation from Hojung out of Dublin. While the 💲 is much appreciated, his note about how, by watching my videos and using the-Automator he’s been learning AutoHotkey and using it to save a ton of time. Check out the amazing note!  These notes really make my day!

Hojungthankyounote





Udemy Courses

I also want to give a shout out to Julija K. who bought 47 licenses of both Intro to AutoHotkey & Intermediate AutoHotkey! I hope they help people save time! Julija, if you’re listening, I’m happy to plan a free Zoom call to give an intro to people. If anyone else is considering buying bulk licenses (more than 10), reach out to me directly and we can figure out a good approach that will save you 💵 and get people started saving time with AutoHotkey!

Free Access to FAQ2 Udemy course

AHK FAQ: When you start to code in AHK

I just checked and there’s a few (28 of the 100) coupons left available for free access to the Intro to FAQ2: What to know when you start to code in AutoHotkey. I recommend you grab it while you can! Currently the coupons are exclusive to subscribers like you %Name%. Next week I’ll post the code on my YouTube channel and social media. BTW are you subscribed to my YouTube channel? I recommend you subscribe as there is content there that I don’t share in the Newsletter.


Developer’s corner

Would you like a way to compare mic levels? While most tools provide a visual indicator of the levels, I wanted a more quantitative (numeric) approach. Check out this tool which will takes an average and provides you with a numeric comparison.

How to Compare Mic Levels before recording


How to use Discord to get AutoHotkey support👍

During our Friday AutoHotkey / QAP support hours Dillon DeRosa helped us understand how to use Discord to get AutoHotkey help. Discord is a great tool however, as you can see in the video, it is a bit complex. This walk through helps understand how, and where to post your AutoHotkey questions. The people on Discord are AMAZING!

Learn how to use Discord to get FREE AutoHotkey Help


AutoHotkey help & links to videos

Speaking of AutoHotkey help, have you tried our AHKHelp script that allows you to access AutoHotkey help in ANY editor? It also pulls up videos on your topic!

Pull up AutoHotkey documentation AND VIDEOS in ANY editor / IDE!

 


The-Automators’ Podcast

What we’re reading 📚

Productivity tips ⚡️

  • Always start on the thing you least want to do!
  • Break big projects into small tasks (and put them on your calendar)
  • Always work from a (physical) list (I find crossing things off VERY rewarding!)
  • Be decisive⚡️

A spot of Humor 🤣

uplifting


Quick Access Popup news

I’m making some shorter videos with Jean Lalonde, the author of Quick Access Popup. It’s an amazing tool that can greatly simplify your life! I highly recommend you give it a try! I probably launch it over 100 times a day! If you want to save time and be more organized, it’s a no-brainer!

Here you can get early access to a video where we show how you can <href=”https://youtu.be/oyLvMmOmeVA”>easily access mobile devices (and other special folders


How to easily access mobile devices & other special folders on Windows


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • The thing about smart people is that they sound crazy to dumb people. — Steve Jobs
  • Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. — Paul J. Meyer
  • It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance. – Thomas Sowell


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December 16th, 2021

Howdy %Name%,

Hard to believe 2021 is nearly wrapped up!  We had an amazing Christmas party 🥳at our new house.  The White elephant 🐘 gift exchange was a blast!

As I mentioned in this video, I launched a new AutoHotkey FAQ2 Udemy course and have 100 FREE coupons 😁 for newsletter subscribers.
You can learn more about the course and get the coupon here.   The course touches on many things that trip people up when they first start learning AutoHotkey.

New AutoHotkey Udemy course: FAQ #2 & how to get it for free!


AHK FAQ: Before you code in AHK

We also have the FREE FAQ1 course– what to know before you code which is free and has many great tools for coding in AutoHotkey.  Here are 8 scripts in that course (there are more but these are the main ones that will help nearly all people that code in AutoHotkey):

  1. AHKEditSwap– Allows you to easily change your default editor of AutoHotkey scripts
  2. AHKAddToStartup – Easily add AutoHotkey scripts (or any program) to the Windows startup process
  3. AHKScriptScan– Have a way to peek inside AutoHotkey files & highlight possible hacks
  4. AHKHelp– Have access to AutoHotkey help in ANY program.  It also searches YouTube for videos on your topic!
  5. AHKHotkeyStringLookup– Search your running scripts for Hotkeys & HotStrings.
  6. AHKScriptHub– Easily access, reload, edit, pause, suspend, or jump to folders of any running AutoHotkey script
  7. AHKToolkit– Speed-up your AutoHotkey code development
  8. AutomateMyTask – Easily find & click images (or controls). AmT writes your AutoHotkey syntax for you!

Free Live AutoHotkey & Quick Access Popup help Fridays

Did you know that from 10-11 on Friday’s Jean Lalonde and I hang out in Zoom (and on my YouTube channel) and offer people 🆓 AutoHotkey and Quick Access Popup help?
You can sign up to get reminders and join the zoom meeting here or just go to the live stream on my YouTube channel.

Robot working with Lady

We often have some very fun and interesting discussions while helping attendees.  Jean’s been showing some of the cool functionality of a new tool that will manipulate text in the clipboard as well as other gems of things he’s been working on.


Developer’s corner

Ever want to use AutoHotkey to record audio?  With the downloading of the 🐟 BASS.DLL file you can easily do it.  I tested it out and it was very solid and easy to use.

Recording Audio with AutoHotkey and BASS dll


Creating Bar Charts 📊

Sometimes you might have a little bit of data you want to graph.   The GDI library is amazing!  In this video I showed how someone wrote a wrapper to simplify creating of charts with AutoHotkey.  It’s much easier than you would think!

How to easily create Bar Charts with AutoHotkey and the GDI library


Intro to using Classes in AutoHotkey

Jean Lalonde re-wrote Quick Access Popup a few years back to leverage classes.   I asked him if he’d give me an Intro to Classes in AutoHotkey and he nailed it!  When you first learn AutoHotkey I think learning Functions is your best way to level-up.  After you’ve mastered functions learning Classes is a natural next step!  Why don’t you dive into it today?

Intro to Classes in AutoHotkey | Learn how and why to use Classes


The-Automators’ Podcast

What we’re reading 📚

A spot of Humor 🤣

the Automator 11

This is why I encourage you to ask qualifying questions to people doing work for you!  Sometimes you can’t afford the “cheap” solution?

cheaper

Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. — Babe Ruth
  • It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau
  • If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. —Vince Lombardi

The-Automator

Joe and staff

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

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December 9, 2021

Howdy %Name%, are you ready for Winter❄️? I don’t mind the temperature change however I do miss the amount of the day that is light out 🌞.

What are you doing manually today that you could automate?

shouldautomatethis

Developer’s corner – Life support for IE

During one the Friday free AutoHotkey / Quick Access Popup support hours someone asked about automating IE in Windows 10 & Windows 11. I did some research and Windows 11 doesn’t come with IE installed however you can add it back. Later I’ll record a video how I used a Virtual Box to install Windows 11 and IE. Meanwhile, when I was testing IE mode of Edge in Windows 10 I noticed that the IWB2 Learner tool was able to identify elements on the page! I showed this to Tank and he mentioned the way I was connecting to it would break so he re-wrote my attempt with a much more robust approach. We can’t navigate to pages that don’t support IE, however this keeps IE on life-support 👩‍⚕️for the time being.

How to Automate IE from within Edge


AHKScriptHub

Do you have a lot of scripts running at a given time? Do some of them not have System Tray icons? Or do many use the same, green, AutoHotkey icon? AHKScriptHub is a great way to easily: Edit, Pause, Suspend, etc. of running scripts (even if they don’t have a tray icon!) I use this a lot as several of my scripts don’t have system tray icons and it allows me to edit to or just open the folder where it is located.

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Free and paid AutoHotkey Udemy courses

Did you check out the FAQ part 1 free Udemy course? It’s for people that are VERY new to AutoHotkey! I particularly like that you can jump around and not work through every lesson. I also have a FAQ part 2 that was just released 🔥today🔥. The second part is paid but you can get discount here (please do use the coupon; you get savings and I make more of what you pay) Again, these courses are for people totally new to AutoHotkey.

Do you know anyone that would benefit from using AutoHotkey? Why not purchase any of my courses for them for a great Christmas gift🎅? %Name%, can you think of something that would pay out more? Let me know!


Automatically Search & Replace Clipboard content

I’m really liking this overall concept more and more. Why not have something constantly monitoring your clipboard? When it see specific content, have it tweak it to what you want? Jean Lalonde, author of Quick Access Popup, is creating a tool that will help with this however I demonstrate how easy it is to do programmatically in this video.

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What we’re reading 📚


A spot of Humor 🤣

I’m not sure how many smart devices I have in my home (probably at least 30) but, if this was a setting, I would definitely turn it on! LOL🤣

smartsarcasm


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs. — Farrah Gray
  • The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it. — Henry David
  • The person who says it’s not possible needs to get out of my way — Joe Glines

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

  • 5 Osvaldo T.
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December 2, 2021

Howdy %Name%,

AHK FAQ: Before you code in AHK

Did you have a good Thanksgiving 🦃? I know it’s just a U.S. Holiday however it’s one I wish had a more global presence. It’s probably the least “commercialized” holiday and is still about family, friends and giving back. Speaking of which, did you check out our free AutoHotkey Udemy course? It’s meant for true noobs so it may not be a good fit for you however it’s a great one to pass along to someone that is considering using AutoHotkey. BTW, is it just me, or is the below meme one of the most basic, yet important, concepts to understand?

SpendOrInvest

Have you carved out time to learn AutoHotkey and invest in yourself?


Developer’s corner

Have you done much with Excel and AutoHotkey? I’ve automated an amazing amount of stuff with the two. Saved countless hours and created amazing reports at the click of a button! This week I released two videos automating Excel with AutoHotkey (which means I now have 52 tutorials of AutoHotkey & Excel. BTW- I also updated how I’m getting the current range (but haven’t made a video on it yet) however the updates are in my Excel Function library. The new way won’t use colored cells (which the old one did)

Excel Paths

The first video was how to get various paths from Excel. This can come in handy when you’re working with multiple files and/or want to have a script that will work on other computers.

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Meta Data from Excel

Sometimes you’re wanting to learn more about given Excel files. This video shows many meta data fields that you can grab. If you have Excel files that have meta data, this could be really helpful to find specific files…

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Window Snipping tool 📷

Are you using my Window Snipping tool with built-in OCR? It’s my most popular download! Being able to quickly grab screen clippings is amazing! The built-in Translations is also handy if you’re working with others around the globe. Personally I used it dozens of times a day. The OCR is fast and accurate but does require Windows 10+

0


Automate Skipping YouTube ads 🎥Robots Working

Years ago, before I created AutomateMyTask , I used FindText to automate skipping YouTube ads. It’s fairly accurate and easy to do with my version of the findtext Function.

0


The-Automators’ Podcast
AHK Podcast


What we’re reading 📚


A spot of Humor 🤣

I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t me…

leftover


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it. — Henry David
  • Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. — Ayn Rand
  • Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. ― Leo Babauta

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Joe and staff

P.S. Special thanks to the following for purchasing multiple AutoHotkey Udemy courses in November!

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November AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter11/25/2021 AutoHotkey Newsletter

Happy Thanksgiving %Name%,

This is going to be a relatively short AutoHotkey newsletter as it is Thanksgiving day and I have to drive a couple of hours to enjoy an amazing Turkey dinner🍗. Whether you’re in the US or not, I’m curious what you are thankful for %Name%.

I’m thankful for: My immediate family (Wife, son/step kids, dad), good health, amazing friends, all of you, and AutoHotkey! It might seem insincere to throw 🅰️HK in that list however can you think how painful your life would be without it?

Thanksgiving is a time to give-back!

AHK FAQ: Before you code in AHK

If you’re new to AutoHotkey, I have a special gift for you. I just launched a 💯 % FREE AutoHotkey Udemy course. It is designed for people that are COMPLETE Noobs! So if, somehow, you’ve ended up on this newsletter and are considering starting to learn AHK, it’s a great resource for YOU! Of course, if you know someone that should be using AutoHotkey, you can forward it on to them! The title of the course is AutoHotkey FAQ- What to know before you code in AHK.
I’ve included some amazing tools 😁 for those new to AutoHotkey!


Developer’s corner

Did you watch our Intro to Classes tutorial? Jean Lalonde, author of Quick Access Popup, did a great job! I look forward to following up this tutorial on classes with another, more advanced, one! Classes aren’t as tough as you might think; especially if you’re familiar with AHK functions.

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Quick GUI for selecting snippets

I published this simple script a while back. Quick Access Popup is an amazing tool! One thing it does well is creating a GUI that allows you to have access to your snippets however, for some people, it’s just too complex. That’s where this little gem can come in and give you easy access to a list of snippets.


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The-Automators’ Podcast


AutoHotkey Webinars

One of my favorite AHK webinars was on API calls! You can watch the first hour here or learn more about API calls here.


What we’re reading 📚


A spot of Humor 🤣

I’d be lying if I said this didin’t (in some way) resemble me…

organizing


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation. — Brian Tracy
  • I’ll take a hard-working noob over a genius any day! — Joe Glines
  • In the short term, things that contribute to productivity take more time than they save. — Joe Glines

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

The-Automator

Joe and staff

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

  • 4 래곤 드
  • 3 Walter V.
  • 3 Rodrigo F.
  • 3 Robert R.
  • 3 Raimondas L.
  • 3 Margaret H.
  • 3 John L.
  • 3 Jeremy B.
  • 3 Fred F.
  • 3 Christopher S.
  • 2 Vicki J.
  • 2 Ray T.
  • 2 Raphael A.
  • 2 Maik S.
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  • 2 Kanishka S.
  • 2 Juhani R.
  • 2 Jackson L.
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11/18/2021 AutoHotkey Newsletter

  • Howdy %Name%,I hope you’re doing well today! A couple of days ago I bought my 3rd boat 🛥️ so I think that means its official now: I’m living in the country! 🤣 LOL The newest boat looks to be something that we’ll be able to turn into a fun fishing boat with just a little bit of love.

    newboat


    Developer’s corner Swiss%20army%20knife

    Last Saturday Jean Lalonde, author of Quick Access Popup, gave a friend a great Intro to Classes in AutoHotkey tutorial. Years ago I played with classes and I often find myself trying to edit classes written by Maestrith, Tank, or RaptorX but I’d never really dove-deep into them so I asked Jean if he’d give us a tutorial. I think you’ll really benefit by watching it. You can see the video and get the resources here. BTW we did have a webinar on classes before, you can see the webinar resources here.

    Intro to Classes in AutoHotkey | Learn how and why to use Classes


    AHKHotkeyString Lookup

    I’ve been releasing some tools we’ve been working on for a while. AHKHotkeyString lookup is a gem if you’re either a complete Noob to AHK or, like me, you’ve been using it for a long time and have so many Hotkeys and/or HotStrings that you can’t remember them! Jackie and I have always said HotStrings are the hidden gem of AutoHotkey. If you’re not using them, trust me, you SHOULD BE! Work through our Intro to HotStrings course and become an Automator today! ⚡️

    AHKHotkeyString Lookup: Easily find all running Hotkeys & Hotstrings


    AHKHelp 🆘

    Have you tried our AHKHelp tool? It allows you to pull up AHK Help in ANY editor! It also will search YouTube for videos on the topic you’re wanting help with. Very cool stuff!


    Pull up AutoHotkey documentation AND VIDEOS in ANY editor / IDE!


    The-Automators’ Podcast
    AHK Podcast


    AutoHotkey Webinar
    webinar

    Tuesday was our last, regularly scheduled, AutoHotkey webinar. We’ve done 66 AutoHotkey webinars and mostly run out of topics! We’re not saying we won’t have any future ones, but we’re not going to stick to the schedule we’d done in the past. I’ll probably still reference past webinars in future newsletters though. They’re an amazing resource and, when you’re trying to learn something like API calls, they’re a great deep-dive.


    What we’re reading 📚
    Robot workplace


    A spot of Humor 🤣

    Parents will relate to this!

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    Quotable quotes 💭

    • You can’t get much done in life if you only work on days when you feel good. — Jerry West
    • The person who says it’s not possible needs to get out of my way — Joe Glines
    • If you have time to whine then you have time to find solution. Dee Dee Artner

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

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    Joe and staff

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

    • 3 Rodrigo F.
    • 3 Raimondas L.
    • 3 Margaret H.
    • 3 Jeremy B.
    • 3 Fred F.
    • 3 Christopher S.
    • 2 Vicki J.
    • 2 Ray T.
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    • 2 Aditya P.
    • 2 Achim S.

11/11/2021 AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

I hope November is treating you well.  It’s been pretty busy around here.  It turns out our new dog, Zeus,
really likes to play with the water!

 


Bath night at the Glines house


We picked up a client and are helping save them a TON of money by automating some of their older systems!  😲  Do you have older systems at your work?  AutoHotkey is an amazing tool that can automate older systems w/o having an API or costing a fortune.  In this video I used Web Scraping to transfer data from a SharePoint system to our CMS (Content Management System).

Transferring posts

Transferring posts between systems with Webscraping


Developer’s corner

I’m getting ready to release a couple new Udemy courses.  One will be free!  The free one will have some great AutoHotkey tools for noobs.  If you go to the-Automator.com you’ll be able to see them before they videos are released.

Two that are really helpful are the AHK Help which let’s you easily access AutoHotkey documentation in any editor but also searches for videos that are on the same topic and AHKScriptHub which let’s you easily control any running AutoHotkey script (even w/o a system tray icon)

 


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Easily Create BarCharts

Ever want to create BarCharts to display data?  It’s super-easy with this GDI function I found.  Graphs are great ways to communicate data to users!  Check out how simple and versatile these graphs are in this short video or get the code here.

 

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Minimizing instead of closing a program

I use the PushBullet API for automating texts however I also use their Windows tool to send texts to friends.
Sadly when you “close” the GUI, it minimizes to the system tray.  When talking with Jean Lalonde, author of Quick Access Popup, we realized there’s a different approach. I  could minimize the GUI, which would allow me to easily maximize it later.

 


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The-Automators’ Podcast

📢 Note we’re going back to just having podcasts on YouTube


AutoHotkey Webinar

Jackie and I are considering making next Tuesday’s webinar the last regularly scheduled AutoHotkey webinar.   We’ve had over 65 of them and believe they’ve run their course.  Perhaps we’ll have one occasionally when a suitable topic comes up…

 


What we’re reading 📚


A spot of Humor 🤣

AutoHotkeyVsUIPath


Quotable quotes 💭

  • You’ll never be criticized by someone who is doing more than you. You’ll always be criticized by someone doing less —Denzel Washington
  • You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. — George Lorimer
  • The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. — Stephen Covey
Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey

The-Automator

Joe and staff

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

  • 3 Rodrigo F F.
  • 3 Raimondas L.
  • 3 Margaret H.
  • 3 Fred F.
  • 3 Christopher S.
  • 2 Vicki J.
  • 2 Ray T.
  • 2 Kanishka S.
  • 2 Aditya P.
  • 2 Achim S.

11/04/2021 AutoHotkey Newsletter

Hi %Name%,

Forwarding: as I right this I just want you to know that I’m high!   Well, maybe better said “higher” as we jacked up my house the other day and put piers under the foundation…    We lifted it around 4 inches (and boy are my arms tired!)  Take a look at the before and after picks

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Developer’s corner

I use PushBullet to automate texts.  When I’m sending bulk I use their API as I demonstrated in this video a few years ago.  I also use their built-in program to send 1-1 texts to friends / family.  When you hit the close button on the GUI the program in stays running however you have to click into your system tray and click on their icon.  When I was talking with Jean Lalonde, author of Quick Access Popup, we realized there is another way.  It’s a great example of how, by talking to others about your code, you “think differently”.  I discuss the solution here.


Minimizing and Maximizing a program that is in the System Tray


Simple Snippet tool

HotStrings are amazing!  I often refer to them as the “hidden gem” 💎 of AutoHotkey & it’s why it was our first Udemy course.  However having a GUI to remind you is also really helpful for sending snippets.  In this video I show how simple that can be.


Minimizing and Maximizing a program that is in the System Tray


Live AutoHotkey support

Last Friday we had  really interesting call and managed to help people in several ways.  One was just playing with the ACC Viewer tool.  You can see more uses of the ACC architecture in this AHK webinar.  The ACC (Microsoft Active Accessibility) technology is old, and deprecated, however its’ still a great way to automate programs that don’t have controls.  Here are a couple of posts from the AHK forum on it:  Jeeswg ACC tutorial and Jethrow’s work.

Be sure to sign up for our live support tomorrow from 11-12 EDT to ask any questions!

The-Automators’ Podcast

AutoHotkey Webinar

Our next webinar is planned to help people like you!  Are you going to join us?

What we’re reading 📚

A spot of Humor 🤣

Its sad how many times I’ve had this experience!

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Quotable quotes 🗣️

  • If you want something done, ask the busiest person you know to do it — Joe Glines
  • If you have time to whine then you have time to find solution. – Dee Dee Artner
  • People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do. — Thomas Sowell

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P.S.  Special thanks to the following for purchasing multiple AutoHotkey Udemy courses in October!

  • 5 Hir H.
  • 3 Samuel H.
  • 3 Rune O.
  • 3 Rick O.
  • 3 Renee G.
  • 3 James G.
  • 3 David Le F.
  • 3 Bob R.
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