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

AutoHotkey News May 16th

Howdy %Name%,

So, after the AHK Hero call on Saturday, I decided to use my tractor to create a berm & swale to drive more water into our pond (and reduce the amount coming into our driveway.    While everything seemed to go well, when I got into the house I realized we didn’t have access to the Internet (and I remembered our fiber-line was in that area.)   Sure enough I ended up slicing the line!

My wife scheduled Spectrum to come out Monday and we enjoyed a (mostly quiet) Mother’s day Sunday.

This morning, at 5:14, I heard my wife going through the doggy-gate in my office.  Then, about 10 minutes later, I heard my Dodge Charger start up.  I was surprised she wasn’t driving her car but didn’t care much about it.  I started the coffee and watched a few videos of our Intro to VSCode (I’m switching from AHK Studio).

When the coffee was ready I let the dogs out and got my “oh no; I’m in the dog house” experience when I saw the reason why my wife “chose” to take my car.

So that was 2 strikes against me.  The 3rd one was something I didn’t realize until lunch.  I took her car to go out to lunch and realized the packages I was sending to an AHK Hero member and Isaias Baez were still in her car (so they were not getting shipped!)

So lesson learned about making sure you’re aware of the ramifications of what your doing.

Its one of the reasons I think some people don’t use AutoHotkey.   They’re worried they might “break” something.  While AutoHotkey is extremely powerful, it is rare that you end up doing something that extreme.  Most people use AutoHotkey to imitate a human.  So, if a human can’t break it, most of the ways people new to AutoHotkey automate things also will not “break” it.

We’ve documented 20 ways to automate programs with AutoHotkey.  The majority are “surface level” commands that won’t have serious ramifications.  And, if you are using more advanced techniques, then chances are you’re already aware of what can go wrong and add checks to avoid them.  That’s one of the reasons people hire us to do amazing things with AutoHotkey (and why they’re not calling us to build berms and swales)

Now on with the show…

Learn how to Master VSCode Make the switch to v2 Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Access all our Courses; Quit when you want

Comparing Files in VS Code

Speaking of our Intro to VS code course, I just released this extract from it showing how easy it is to compare files in VS code.  Now that AHK v1 is deprecated, we feel VS code is currently the only real option as it works amazing with both v1 and v2.
Don’t forget our courses come with a 200% money-back guarantee.

Comparing Files in VS code Extract from Intro to VS code

Comparing Files in VS code Extract from Intro to VS code

Change the Speed of any Video on Any website

We were on a client call the other day when the client mentioned this really amazing tool he used for changing the play speed of our AHK courses.  We were amazed because our video hosting platform does not allow for changing of speed!  We liked it so much we recorded this video on the free extension.

How to change the speed of ANY video being played in your Browser

How to change the speed of ANY video being played in your Browser

Improving People’s Lives: Story #3

We were on a consultation with a Radiologist the other day.  One task he wanted was to map buttons on his StreamDeck to actions on PowerScribe.  Initially he was going to map each StreamDeck button to a hotkey, and then use AutoHotkey to watch for that button press and trigger the event in PowerScribe however I explained a far-better approach.  We can setup his StreamDeck to refer to the same script but pass a parameter to it.

Then, in AutoHotkey, We just watch what parameter was passed and take our action on it instead.   Super slick, much easier to setup and much faster to update!  We’re working on a tool that will auto-generate the StreamDeck buttons as well as bind them to actions in PowerScribe.  If you’re interested in learning more about working with StreamDecks and programs feel free to reach out to us at Joe@the-Automator.com

What we’re reading

AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage

⚡️Productivity tips: Manager your energy

A lot of us work on managing our time but fail to take into account each of us have different times of the day when we have more/less energy.   Matching required energy levels to the task will ensure you end up getting more done in the day!

A spot of Humor

Normally I have around 900 mbps down and up through my fiber Internet.  Since I sliced the fiber I’ve been using a mobile hotspot which provides me a whopping 8 down and 1.7 up!  Since we “slowed down” in our real-world it reminded me about this classic Taxi scene

What is does a yellow light mean? – Taxi TV Series – clip

What is does a yellow light mean? - Taxi TV Series - clip

What we utomated this week with AutoHotkey #45

This week I show a few of the cool tools that will be coming out soon.  In this video I also discuss a great call we had between a couple of our Radiologist.  It’s really fun working with Radiologists because they have some atrocious software.  When we increase their productivity, without sacrificing reliability, we’re literally saving lives!

What we automated this week with AutoHotkey #45

What we automated this week with AutoHotkey #45


The content is great in general and often questions can actually help and improve interest in AutoHotKey.
– Rodrigo Costa

AHK Hero

Consider joining the AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.    Currently we have over 258 hours of recordings teaching AutoHotkey that is exclusive to AHK Hero members❗

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

  • Using a QUE with an edit field having more than one line
  • Tips during Debugging
    • GUIS are not linear
    • Events can happen in the background

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

  • Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe, It Can Achieve Napoleon Hill
  • Create exceptional Opportunities for Exceptional people Dan Kennedy
  • If you think education is expensive, try ignorance — Derek Bok
  • In the era of automation, embracing programming isn’t just a skill; it’s a necessity for staying relevant in the workforce — Tim Cook


Do you know someone that would benefit from learning useful automation tips like the gems in today’s issue?  Take a second and forward this newsletter and bask in the glow of their undying gratitude.  Was this email forwarded to you?

Sign up for this Newsletter hereWe never share your email with anyone.  Ever!


Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff

P.S. While I constantly make fun of myself for being like Eddie Albert in Green Acres, I’m always amazed at how much I borrow the principles of working smarter, not harder apply to farm life, programming, and being a parent.   It isn’t always obvious but, if you look hard, you’ll see them and be able to borrow a principle from one and apply it on the other.  ABL:  Always Be Learning!