• Become a Power user Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Painlessly switch from V1 to V2

November 2nd, 2023 AutoHotkey newsletter


We do a crappy job teaching Spanish❗” was the subject line of a message I sent to Isaias Baez last week.

I sent the message because of I’m finishing up John Carlton’s excellent book: “The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Getting Your Shit Together”.   Since Isaias is a native Spanish speaker it would get his attention (and hopefully it got yours).

In the book John explains that he’s been learning Spanish all his life yet he can barely get by.   When he was a kid he couldn’t fathom why it would be helping to ask where the library was in Spanish.  However, if his teacher’s had bothered to

explain HOW learning Spanish would help him ask where he could buy fire crackers, or “hook-up” with a lovely Latin lady

he would have been breaking his neck to learn it!

That’s when I realized that I don’t do a good job explaining why people should learn AutoHotkey.  I assume that most people already realize that learning AutoHotkey is life-changing

They must realize how redundant the vast majority of work we do is and that AHK can easily automate the “fulfilment” side of things (leaving the decision making to the human).

I also assume people realize it:

  • Allows ordinary people to do extraordinary things
  • Let’s you develop an app in a fraction of the time of other languages
  • Standardizes workflows
  • Reduces errors
  • Is FREE
  • Can log what was done
  • Has 19+ architectures for connecting to programs

The only real issue I see with PC users learning AutoHotkey is it is a very versatile tool and knowing where to start can be problematic.   That’s one of the main selling points of our AHK Courses.

Our courses offer a clear path for ANYONE regardless of their programming knowledge

And that, since our courses come with a 200% money back guarantee, I’m accepting all the risk.

So consider learning to work smarter, not harder.  It’s going to be a requirement for all jobs in the next couple of years because AI will be replacing the least efficient employees! 
Don’t let your future disappear before your eyes!  Invest in yourself even when no one else will!

Now on with the show…

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

Discover the right approach to Automate your program

For years I’ve had people write me and ask a general question like:  “I’m using ‘X’ program, how can I automate it with AutoHotkey.   I’d tell them we know of 19 ways to automate programs with AutoHotkey however I need to have access to the program to be able to tell which ones will work for that particular program.  

I realized there are some ways we can programmatically detect what is available❗

So now our Automation Discovery tool can help you realize some of the more-common approaches are available (and provides some links for learning about them.)  We reviewed our Discovery tool in this video.  We’ve made some great improvements to it since we recorded that video.  One of which is that we notify the user if the program they are trying to automate is being run in Admin mode!

This tool is going to be a HUGE game changer for noobs!

🚀 Discover Hidden Program Automation Approaches with this 🆓 discovery tool!
🚀 AutoHotkey Unveiled: Discover Hidden Program Automation Approaches with this 🆓 discovery tool!🔍

Automating Programs with Controls

Currently our Discovery tool checks for 7 architectures (but we’re adding more).   One of my favorite ones are Controls.   If you’re new to working with Controls, you’re in luck as I‘ve extracted one of the 11 videos (an hour and 12 minutes worth) where we discuss controls in our Intermediate AutoHotkey course.

Automating programs with Controls Extract from Intermediate AHK
Automating programs with Controls Extract from Intermediate AHK

Simple Spy for starting-out with Controls

If you’re completely new to working with Controls I highly recommend you grab our Simple Spy script. It makes working with them a breeze by limiting the amount of information being shown to you. You can see how it works in this video.

Amazingly Simple Spy tool for Inspecting Controls: SimpleSpy in AHK v2
Amazingly Simple Spy tool for Inspecting Controls: SimpleSpy in AHK v2

Amazingly Flexible way to Notify yourself / Users

We finally released an update to our Notify object.   This tool is super simple to use yet extremely robust.  It makes it very easy to pop-up notifications / alerts to users.  You can use bare-bone notifications of just text, an icon, sounds, etc. Or you can go crazy adding pictures, songs, hyperlinks, or even callbacks (which wait for you to click the notification before moving forward).  Take a look at this video because we step through a ton of examples how to use it.

Amazingly Flexible AHK script for Notifying users
Amazingly Flexible AHK script for Notifying users

AutoHotkey Challenge

Isaias created this video of his Favorite 5 AHK scripts in response to my AutoHotkey Challenge.  There were some really interesting ideas here which help demonstrate some of the great things that can be done with AutoHotkey. 

AHK Challenge: Isaias Baez 5 Favorite Scripts
AHK Challenge: Isaias Baez 5 Favorite Scripts

What We’ve Recently Automated with AutoHotkey

I’m going to try and regularly create these videos to help stimulate ideas as to what can be automated with AutoHotkey.  In this video I showed the AutoHotkey files we’ve updated in the past 7 days.   Kind of hard to believe but it was 60 files! 😲   I guess that’s what happens when all you do is AutoHotkey 24-7!  Many of the things I show are just discussing what we’ve done for clients but that is plenty to give you ideas as to what can be automated…

What we Automated this week with AutoHotkey
What we Automated this week  with AutoHotkey

📚 What we’re reading

🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage

⚡️Productivity tips: Navigating an Edit Field

  • Ctrl + Home: Moves cursor to beginning of document
  • Ctrl + End: Moves cursor to end of document

🤣 A spot of Humor:  Enjoy the timeless art of seduction❗

George's Underwear Photoshoot | The Package | Seinfeld

AHK Hero 🦸

Consider joining the 🦸AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc. 

They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 3 hours a week where we help people with their AHK issues (the Saturday calls are geared towards people new to AutoHotkey.)

🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Work harder on yourself than you do on your job Jim Rohn
  • Decisions without actions are worthless Dan Kennedy
  • It’s better to get started in the wrong direction than not get started; We can fix the direction, we can’t fix not getting started. Norm Schwarzkopf
  • You’ll never change your life until you change your daily routine Joe Glines


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Joe, Isaias, Irfan, and staff

P.S. Don’t forget that by taking control of your future you are ensuring you have one.  Some people sit back and hope life happens to them but you can be the one taking the bull by the horns and ensuring your future is great!   Borrow my mantra of ABLAlways Be Learning!

How to make a GUI | Intro to amazing GUIs with AutoHotkey in 2020

How to make a GUIHow to make a GUI

I’m so stoked to announce our Intro to GUIs with AutoHotkey course is now live!

Since I suck at GUIs I hired Isaias Baez (Raptor X / AHK Tuts on YouTube) to create the course and he did an amazing job!   Not only is it truly easy to follow, but the quality is top-notch!  In this course we show you how to make a GUI using the most proven GUIs in existence!

Not to boast but I truly believe GUIs are a great way to bring non-AutoHotkey people into AutoHotkey!

Have you ever given thought that, when we use AutoHotkey GUIs we’re able to use the most thoroughly tested GUIs on the planet?

Billions of people have used the Microsoft Windows GUIS!  Billions! Continue reading

AutoHotkey Webinar- Using Controls with AHK

Controls in AutoHotkeyVideo Hour 1: High-level overview: Hour 1
Video Hour 2: Q&A: Hour 2

Script Highlight: WinSpy from Alguimist.  Forum version here

SimpleSpy version here

Also, check out all the other tutorials on Controls with AutoHotkey here

Here are the scripts we walked through during the webinar Continue reading

AutoHotkey Webinar- Working session demonstrating ways to automate programs

AutoHotkey webinar– Working Session

This webinar was mostly working sessions and not a lot of resources.  It is a follow-up to our last webinar which discussed many different ways to automate windows programs using AutoHotkey.  Please the resources on this page, and watch the videos, if you want to review in depth.  We had links to the various tools that were used in the below webinar.

Script highlight: Use Google to Search for help

Thanks for attending the AutoHotkey webinar!  If you’re not currently registered for future ones, you can do so here