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Bill Gates demonstrates the first use of Text Expansion Ever Recorded

I was watching an old Microsoft video where Bill Gates was demonstrating Visual Basic.   To my surprise he mentioned using Text Expansion (HotStrings)

I always like to say that HotStrings are the “Hidden Gems” of AutoHotkey.   If you’re not using them, you are missing out!

How to Create a HotString in AutoHotkey v2 (Extract from Intro to AutoHotkey in version 2)

Intro to AHK v2 HotStrings Extract

Intro to AHK v2 HotStrings Extract

The key idea of the video is that hot strings in AutoHotkey are a simple and useful way to save time and standardize text input by creating text expansions triggered by small triggers.

  • 00:00 🔥 Learn how to create hotstrings in AutoHotkey, a simple and useful way to save time and standardize text input.
  • 00:51 💡 The course offers a double your money back guarantee within the first 30 days if you don’t find it valuable, encouraging you to work smarter, not harder.
  • 01:26 🔥 A hotString is a text expansion where a small trigger expands to a larger piece of text, and this video demonstrates two ways to create hotstrings.
  • 02:14 📝 Use a trigger, such as “ta”, followed by “::”, then type the desired expansion (e.g., a website URL), and use an ending character (e.g., tab, space, enter, or dot) to execute the expansion.
  • 03:43 💡 HotStrings in AHK v2 allow for quick expansion of frequently used text, such as usernames and program names, saving time on typing and fixing typos, and there are options available to remove unwanted ending characters.
  • 04:23 📝 HotStrings in AHK v2 allow for the insertion of specific text, such as adding a tab between words, which can be useful for filling out forms or entering passwords.
  • 06:01 💡 The speaker discusses the use of special characters in hotkeys and the need to be careful with them to avoid unintended actions.
  • 07:40 📝 To create dynamic hot strings in AHK v2, use the hot strings function and pass the hot string itself, followed by the text to be expanded, with the option to execute the creation of the hot string.
    • To create dynamic hot strings in AHK v2, use the hot strings function and pass the hot string itself, followed by the text to be expanded.
    • The function creates a hot string if the option is set to true, otherwise it does not execute the creation of the hot string.

 


Transcripts to How to Create a HotString in AutoHotkey

hey this is Joe Glines from the-Automator and in this video we’re going to have Isaias show you how to create HotStrings think of as like text expansion right you type something small and then bam you have the text that you want in Autohotkey they’re very simple to use it was the first AutoHotkey course that I ever did because they’re the hidden gems of AutoHotkey they’re so useful we should be using them all the timethis video is actually an extract from our intro to Intro to AutoHotkey in V2 course I’m
going to put a link up here if you’re interested in buying it we’ll give you 20 off if you click this link check it out it’s around four hours long this video most of the videos are three to five minutes long I think this one’s a little bit longer than that but HotStrings are a phenomenal way to save time and to standardize the text that you’re putting in somewhere you know when you have it or it’s repeated so I use them a lot I have hundreds and hundreds upon them sogive it a try
if you’re interested take a look at the course as I said thethe courses by the way come with a double your money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose is if you pay let’s say fifty dollars for the course we would pay you a hundred dollars if you said no I I didn’t think it was good quality right so within the first 30 days you’re eligible for a double your money back guarantee because our courses are really well put together and we have a lot of faith that you will see that value and
you’re going to start working smarter not harder so check it out I hope you enjoy it cheers one of the most interesting things that you can do without a HotStrings now what they are is that you just create a small trigger a few letters or a word that once you type it gets expanded to a bigger piece of text they’re so easy to create that is insane once you learn about this it’s going to be so you’re going to create so many of them very likely so let me show you in
this video I’m going to show you two ways of creating HotStrings and then I will talk about some options let’s go ahead and open a blank script in which I have already my directive setup and let’s go ahead and show you how to create a hot screen first of all you just go ahead and use the colon twice to indicate that whatever comes next is a trigger in this case let’s go ahead and use ta as trigger slash ta and whenever I type slash ta I want it to show a website for
the-Automator .
com and that is going to be my expansion so let’s go ahead and run that and let’s open a new file and type slash T8 now triggers don’t execute Automatically you have to use what is called an ending character usually by hitting tab space enter or a DOT for example it tells ourHotkey it just
goes ahead and shows your expansion which is great because a lot of times like my usernames most of the time websites that I visit very often a lot of program names that have some parameters all of that I just have them on HotStrings so that I don’t have to spend too much time fixing type typos or something like that right but let’s go ahead and take a look at how to createsome things that you have to keep in mind when you create these guys the ending characters might not be something that you want all the time so
in the other section I’m going to give you there’s a section in which I’m going to talk about some options that you can set to remove those things but before I get into that let me explain here on the right side is not simply literal text there are some things that get translated and let’s go ahead and take a look at that for example let’s say hello world now let’s say that I want to use the word hello here but the World Part I want to put it after a tab I could go ahead and open curly braces here use the
word Tab and close the curly braces and then world so instead of having hello world just with the space in between I want to have a tab in between so let’s save this up rerun it and if I use HW you will notice that I have Hello on one side at a tab in there and World on the other so this is something that it is amazingly useful in many cases I usually use this to fill out some username and password for example because I put my username in one side hit Tab and then my password or which the only thing that I wouldn’t
recommend about that I just do that on accounts that I don’t care about the password because you don’t want to save your passwords in a text file so but if it is an account that I have over there that have a lot of passwords that I don’t really care about then having these fill that out for me perfect you could use many Auto Keys like the enter key and some others in The Help file you can find the least of all the keywords that you can use for keyboard keys but not only that in ourHotkey there’s
three or Auto modifiers like the old the shift and control keys or the window Keys as well that have special characters that trigger them so just to illustrate these we will talk about those characters later on in that but just to illustrate what happens if you’re not careful with this is that the exclamation point is translated to an old key innerHotkey and you have to be careful because
if you put a letter right next to it it would try to trigger some actions like alt a might do something if it is a HotStrings this is what I’m just showing at the moment
are the static HotString
that’s the function that we’re going to be using we open a parenthesis and close it again that’s my function and in there I have certain parameters that I can pass the first parameter that I’m going to pass is the HotStrings and in this case I want to use the word new and then a coma and then the text that I want to expand it to this is a new Strength right there
you go this is how you create Dynamic HotString now if it is true it goes ahead and creates it because this option is true so this line is executed
condition these guys are not so these are the two ways of creating HotStrings and also how to deal with this translation and the ending characters which means we’re going to talk a little bit about options

Happy World Productivity Day: You Won’t Believe the Earliest Text Expansion Ever! 😱📚

Happy World Productivity Day Matt!

Today’s the say where we should sit back and reflect on how much time we’ve saved automating the mundane.

I was watching something on YouTube the other day and it hit me  When would you say was the earliest implementation of the idea of HotStrings / Text Expansion?    (think about the concept, not “code”)

Some of you might be thinking about using text expansion on your smart phone.  Nope!

Others might be thinking about the AutoCorrect in MS Office.   Not even close!

During this video in 1991 Bill Gates demonstrates “using a macro” for sending text but that still is way too recent!

The first time anyone used the general concept: Create a tool that they can be used repeatedly that will send text without writing it out was   (drum roll please)

➡1436⬅

That’s right.  It goes back to when Johannes Gutenberg created the Gutenberg press.

At first this might seem like a joke but think about it:

Before the press, Monk’s had to hand-copy every book, article, letter.

Just like using HotStrings, the press allowed someone to spend a little time up front setting up a tool that made sure the “source” was correct and then mass use that tool over and over picking up amazing amounts of time in both speed and accuracy.

It also allowed the few people that were literate to let others “crank out” the information, reliably, and light-years faster that doing it by hand.

Most importantly, from the human perspective, it freed up people from some horribly mundane tasks!

As you probably know, the Gutenberg press revolutionized the world

To some extent HotStrings are even MORE powerful!  They can be easily configured by virtually anyone and ready to use in any Windows program!

I hope you’re having an amazing day!   Don’t forget to spread the word about today being World Productivity Day.   We need to get people to recognize productivity is an important part of their life!

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AutoHotkey HotStrings10 Reasons Why AutoHotkey HotStrings Will Revolutionize Your Workflow – The Ultimate Productivity Hack!

AutoHotkey is a powerful tool that allows users to automate repetitive tasks and increase productivity. One of the most useful features of AutoHotkey is the HotStrings function.

AutoHotkey HotStrings allow users to create custom shortcuts and abbreviations that can be used to quickly and easily type out common phrases or responses. In this blog post, we will be discussing 10 reasons why HotStrings are a valuable tool for anyone looking to increase efficiency and streamline their workflow. From increasing productivity and reducing errors to being easy to use and cost-effective, HotStrings have a wide range of benefits that make them a must-have tool for anyone looking to increase their productivity.

  1. Increased Productivity: HotStrings allow for the automation of repetitive tasks, such as typing out common phrases or responses, which can save a significant amount of time and increase overall productivity.
  2. Customizable: HotStrings can be customized to suit the specific needs of the user, allowing for the creation of personalized shortcuts and abbreviations.
  3. Error Reduction: HotStrings reduce the risk of typos and other errors, as the phrases and responses are pre-defined and automatically inserted, rather than manually typed out.
  4. Improved Efficiency: HotStrings can be used to streamline workflows by automating repetitive and time-consuming tasks.
  5. Easy to Use: HotStrings are easy to set up and use, making them accessible to users of all skill levels.
  6. Versatile: HotStrings can be used for a wide variety of tasks, such as typing out common phrases, inserting images, and even running scripts.
  7. Cost-effective: HotStrings are a cost-effective solution for increasing productivity, as they do not require any additional software or hardware.
  8. Expandable: HotStrings can be expanded upon and modified as needed, allowing for continued improvement and increased efficiency over time.
  9. Compatibility: HotStrings are compatible with a wide range of applications and programs, making them a versatile tool for any user.
  10. Increased Accuracy: HotStrings can be used to automate repetitive and time-consuming tasks, which can help to improve accuracy and reduce errors.

HotStrings is a powerful tool that can be used to automate repetitive tasks, increase productivity, and streamline workflows. With its versatility, ease of use, and cost-effectiveness, it’s no wonder that many users find it to be an invaluable tool. Whether you’re a busy professional, a student, or anyone in between, HotStrings can help to make your work easier and more efficient.

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Here are 39 examples of AutoHotkey HotStrings to get you started

  1. ::btw::by the way
  2. ::gov::government
  3. :r:lu::Love you too!
  4. ::ctn::Sorry, I can’t talk right now I’ll get back to you in a few minutes
  5. ::pjz::Please join zoom for a few minutes.  I have a couple of questions I need to ask you
  6. ::rty::Spasiba  ;Thank you in Russian
  7. ::jty::Domo arigato ;Thank you in Japanese
  8. ::tq::thank you
  9. ::pls::please
  10. ::wdyt::what do you think
  11. ::idk::I don’t know
  12. ::np::no problem
  13. ::brb::be right back
  14. ::afk::away from keyboard
  15. ::yw::you’re welcome
  16. ::omw::on my way
  17. ::ty::thank you
  18. ::lol::laugh out loud
  19. ::lmao::laughing my ass off
  20. ::rofl::rolling on the floor laughing
  21. ::haha::laughing
  22. ::jk::just kidding
  23. ::btw::by the way
  24. ::ftw::for the win
  25. ::imo::in my opinion
  26. ::tbh::to be honest
  27. ::gtd::get things done
  28. ::adrs::address
  29. ::phn::phone number
  30. ::dob::date of birth
  31. ::email::email address
  32. ::sig::signature
  33. ::bd::birthday
  34. ::cp::company
  35. ::prjct::project
  36. ::rpt::report
  37. ::mtg::meeting
  38. ::cmp::compliment
  39. ::sug::suggestion

These are just a some examples, you can customize and make your own Hotstrings for phrases, words, sentences or even paragraphs that you use frequently.