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March 2022 AutoHotkey Newsletter

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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

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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

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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

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AutoHotkey Udemy courses last month!

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January AutoHotkey Newsletter- 2022

January AutoHotkey Newsletter

January AutoHotkey Newsletter

January 27th, 2022

Hi %Name%,

I hope 2️0️2️2️ is treating you well.  Other than a stomach bug🦟, things are plugging along with me.  😊  What are you working on?  Are you blocking out time 📅on a regular basis to automate the mundane?  I highly recommend you block at least 2 hours a week to be learning something new that will improve your life.  AutoHotkey is an amazing tool but, of course, there are plenty of other things that can help you improve your situation (which is what you’re doing every time you write a new AutoHotkey script!)

LinkedIn Profile

Have you added AutoHotkey to your LinkedIn profile?  It’s a great way to signal employers, head-hunters, etc. that you’re working smarter, not harder.   I’d also add some key words like “Robotics Process Automation” and “Desktop Automation”.  While you’re there, if you’ve worked through Udemy courses, you should add the certification to your profile.  BTW- I currently have 16,584 1st-level LinkedIn connections (!1,200 of which have AutoHotkey in their profile).  Are YOU one of them %name%?  If not, be sure to connect with me as it will increase your reach and visibility.  On another channel I have a playlist discussing how/why to rock LinkedIn.


How to add Certificate to LinkedIn for that great job in 2022


Using Fiddler to assist your Web Scraping🕷️

Do you struggle with web scraping?  I’ve found using Fiddler to monitor your network traffic is a great way to discover what is really going on “behind the scenes”.  I have a lot of other tutorials and videos on using Fiddler (not to mention a couple of scripts to convert your fiddler code to API calls in AutoHotkey.

Using a SetTimer to mimic multi-threading🧵

You’re probably aware that AutoHotkey_L is a single-thread environment.  In this video I review how to use a set-timer to mimic multi-threading.  Incidentally, AutoHotkey_H is multi-threaded!  You can learn more about it from these videos.


How to use a a SetTimer in AutoHotkey to mimic Multi-Threading


The-Automators’ Podcast


What we’re reading 📚


Productivity tips  ⚡️

I re-listened to this 5-minute clip from the New Psycho-Cybernetics.  I’m still convinced it can change your life!  Do you have 5 minutes to see if I’m right?  This is mind-blowing stuff!


A spot of Humor 🤣

A favorite character of mine is Ron Swanson in Parks and Rec.  In this short video Ron teaches a 9-year old girl “everything she needs to know about the miserable screwed world of local government”.


Ron Swanson's Government Crash Course | Parks and Recreation



Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • It’s hard to beat a person who never gives upBabe Ruth
  • It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau
  • You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you — Yogi Berra

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.

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

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  • 4 Jeremy K.
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January 20th, 2022

 

Howdy %Name%,

A few weeks back I shared this video which was an archive I had with Maestrith and HellBent discussing how to adapt a script to
utilize the magic of ActiveX 😲.  When I found that video I also found another series with
the three of us.   In this video we’re discussing using objects and classes.  It’s just part 1 but it did have some good discussions about using Objects.  If y’all enjoy it I’ll work through the other videos and try and release them as well.

Intro to AutoHotkey Objects and Classes with Maestrith & Hellbent


🔥 HotStrings! HotStrings / Text Expansion

I know they’re not “sexy” but, in my opinion, HotStrings are the lowest hanging fruit for everyone!
You might not think much of them but you really should!  Here I demo some of the basics of using HotStrings.
We do have a Udemy course on them and you can get a discount here.


Automation Expert tells best kept secret to Work Smarter, NOT harder


AutoHotkey New File Template

Do you frequently right-click in Explorer and create a “new” AutoHotkey file?   Wouldn’t it be nice to set that template to have what you want?
In this video I show where that file is stored and how to adjust it.

AutoHotkey New File Template- Where it's saved and what should be in it


COM / Microsoft’s Component Object Model

Have you been wanting to learn about COM? This video with Tank (AutoHotkey forum admin) helps wrap your brain around the nebulous topic.  We also had a solid intro to COM webinar where we discuss Excel and AutoHotkey

Dive deep into COM & AutoHotkey with Tank, TABNation & the Automator


The-Automators’ Podcast
AHK Podcast

What we’re reading 📚

Productivity tips  ⚡️

Shutting down your email is one of my favorite ways to get more done!  Let your clients (and boss) know that you’re only going to respond to emails during certain hours and then stick to it!  We’ve all got hot-spots where we’re very productive.  This is NOT the time to be replying to emails!  Personally I’m most productive about 1 hour after I wake up.  I try and take the first hour to do something that I could “do in my sleep”.

Email is often one of those things so I often reply to emails while I’m having coffee and waking up.  Then, when my brain is “fired up” I shut down email and focus on things that require a clear head.   Later, right before lunch, I’ll open up my email again and do ~30 minutes of emails.  Then shut it down again until the late afternoon.  You can easily adapt this to your preferences but I guarantee you you’ll get much more done on a given day!


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A spot of Humor 🤣

I guarantee this will make you wince and laugh out loud!

firebreather


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation. Brian Tracy
  • The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it. Henry David
  • You can’t get much done in life if you only work on days when you feel good. Jerry West
  • Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded — Yogi Berra
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January 13th, 2022 – January AutoHotkey Newsletter

Hi %Name%,

Is 2022 going the way you wanted?  I saw a video the other day and it reminded me of how my colleagues would react when I’d show them some of my AutoHotkey scripts.   I’d then spend ~1 hour showing them how simple it is to start using AutoHotkey.  The vast majority people would thank me, profusely, for the demo and then go on their merry way (never bothering to spend any time to Learn AutoHotkey.   %Name%, I hope you realize that YOU are not one of these people!  It’s one of the best things I realized about other AutoHotkey users.  We’re all long-term thinkers that are willing to spend more time up front and start working Smarter, not harder.

ahkdeveloper


AutomateMyTask Update

BTW I had a good call with HellBent the other day.  He’s taking an updated version of AutomateMyTask and  adapting it to use his Image class so we can re-enable DPI but not have scaling issues.  😊  Hopefully I’ll have a new release in the coming weeks.

If you haven’t played with AutomateMyTask , it’s a great, simple, AutoHotkey syntax writer. You can search for images and click where it’s found, send text to edit fields and more. Here’s an Intro video.

Amazing free AutoClicker for Windows | Easily automate clicking with AmT


RegEx Example

In this video I demonstrate a Regular Expression I wrote that helps me quickly write this newsletter.   When I’m writing the newsletter, I typically put in the thumbnail for the video and hyperlink to it.  Unfortunately there are a LOT of formats for a YouTube video.  That’s where RegEx can really help you out!

How to use RegEx to grab a Unique YouTube ID from a long URL


Hotkey for Pasting an Image

If you have specific images that you’d like to be able to, quickly, paste into various documents you might like this video where I show how to create a hotkey for pasting images.

Hotkeys for Pasting Images: Easily paste images with this tool


Various Excel File attributes

Do you do much work with Excel?   In this video I show how you can easily get, and set, many of the attributes.  This can be really helpful but is definitely a “long-term” win.

Get Excel meta data : Update to AutoHotkey Excel function library


Simple Flexible Resizable GUI function

While I have ways to easily dump text to SciTE, AHK Studio, and VS code, sometimes I do want to dump a lot of text into a resizable GUI.  In this video I show an update to the simple GUI function I wrote (with Maestrith’s help)

Update to Resizable GUI


The-Automators’ PodcastAHK Podcast


What we’re reading 📚


Productivity tips 👍

One of my favorite, simple, tips is to be decisive and “touch it once” (that’s what she said…lol).  The basics are, if you touch something, act on it.  Don’t put things off over, and over, and over.   Also don’t pickup things that you, clearly, don’t have enough time to work on.  Here’s a great video going deeper.

Time Management - Touch it Once


A spot of Humor 🤣

It’s an oldie, but have you ever seen the “exploding whale” video?   Back in the 70’s a whale was beached in Oregon.  Their ingenious idea?  Blow it up!

whale


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
  • If you’re a giver learn your limit, because takers don’t have any!
  • You can observe a lot by just watching — Yogi Berra

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The-Automator

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

  • 3 Michele B.
  • 3 Manazael J.
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  • 2 Philip D.
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January 6th

Howdy %Name%,

Is it just me, or did the first week of 2022 FLY by💨?  Did you make any resolutions about being more productive this year?  If so, what steps have you taken to ensure you meet them?   Yesterday I spent a fair amount of time working through the Intro to Classes tutorial Jean Lalonde led.  Of course I’m planning a video to help document my progress and help others.  😊

Speaking of Jean, A great productivity tip is to change the default icon for your Windows folder.   In this video Jean and I discuss how you can change the default icon for your folder.  It’s a great way to work smarter!   Jean also showed me how you can apply your Quick Access Popup icon to the folder for Windows!

Applying icons to folders in Windows and Quick Access Popup


Developer’s corner

I was verifying phone numbers and realized I could make a short API video documenting the process with AutoHotkey.  In this short video I walk you through how I did it with API calls in AutoHotkey.  API calls are amazing!

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


Troubleshooting your scripts

When you’re automating programs, the Windows UAC (User Account Control) can be a pain in the neck!  In this video I discuss how it can be, temporarily, disabled.  It’s one of the first things I do when troubleshooting.  That and running your script as an Admin.

Troubleshooting AutoHotkey scripts: Running a script as an Admin


The-Automators’ Podcast

AHK Podcast


What we’re reading 📚


Productivity tips  ⚡️

Do you have something you don’t want to do?  Tie an appropriate-sized reward to doing it!  For instance, when I was in college I’d reward myself after studying by watching an episode of Seinfeld.   I also would go shopping after a big test.  You’ll re-train your brain to actually look forward to the activity!


A spot of Humor 🤣

If you’ve never seen the Crazy Hot matrix, you’re in for a real laugh!  I remember the first time I watched this laughing so hard it was embarrassing!

The Crazy Hot Matrix


Quick Access Popup news QAPbr

I know I talk a lot about Quick Access Popup however I really think it’s one of the easiest ways for people of all skill levels to work smarter, not harder.  In this video I walk through some of how I use the tool.  It’s amazingly powerful for both non-AutoHotkey users and those of us that are developing tools in AutoHotkey (or other languages)!


Overview of Quick Access Popup- Great Windows Utility for saving time


The Magic of ActiveX

maestrith hellbent

In case you missed it, this tutorial with Maestrith 🧙‍♂️ and
HellBent is a great one showing how you can simplify your GUI using an ActiveX GUI.  Even if you’re not building GUIs,
it’s always fun to sit-back and watch Maestrith get his groove on!

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


Quotable quotes 🗣️

  • 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
  • Put systems in place that will allow ordinary people to do extraordinary things — Joe Glines
  • I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. — Thomas Jefferson
  • Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. — Yogi Berra

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

The-Automator

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Using a Regular Expression (RegEx) to Find a URL and not an email address

Find a URL and not an email addressA subscriber reached out to me (after trying for a few hours) for some help on creating a Regular Expression to pull-out URLs from text.  Specifically not including email addresses.  Since he gave it a solid try I wanted to help him out.  I did a google search and found this post which had the RegEx pattern for finding a URL and not an email address.  I then took the pattern and put it on Regular Expressions 101 to make sure it would work in AutoHotkey.   After that I adapted it to AutoHotkey code (see below) using RegExMatch.

Find a URL and not an email address

Code to Find a URL and not an email address