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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

Quick 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

The-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❓ 🤣

Quick 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

Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

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


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


Joe and staff

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

  • 2 Łukasz H.
  • 2 Sune M.
  • 2 Roman O.
  • 2 Radosław J.
  • 2 Radoslaw P.
  • 2 Piotr M.
  • 2 Patrycja Z.
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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
😮 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

The-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”  🤣

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

Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

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

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


Joe and staff

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

  • 2 T.
  • 2 Radoslaw P.
  • 2 John Arnel G.
  • 2 Haylan W.
  • 2 Charles W D.
  • 2 A.