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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!

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)


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!

P.S.  The sale ends tonight!  Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity and bonus.

🚀Boost productivity with AutoHotkey HotStrings! 💻Unlock the secret to effortless workflow🔥 39 examples provided

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.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to unlock the full potential of AutoHotkey HotStrings and take your productivity to the next level. Enroll in our exclusive HotStrings course today and start seeing results in no time!

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.

Maximize Your Productivity with AutoHotkey: Discover the Power of Hotkeys and Hotstrings

Hotkeys and Hotstrings

Both hotstrings and hotkeys in AutoHotkey are powerful tools that can be used to automate tasks on a Windows computer.

Hotkeys are keyboard shortcuts that can be used to trigger a specific action or script. For example, you can use a hotkey to launch a program, open a file, or execute a series of commands. Hotkeys can be created to trigger a specific action when a specific key or combination of keys is pressed.

Hotstrings are similar to hotkeys, but they are triggered by typing a specific string of characters. For example, you could create a hotstring that automatically expands a short abbreviation into a longer phrase or sentence. Hotstrings can be used to save time and reduce the risk of errors when typing repetitive or commonly-used phrases.

Overall, both hotkeys and hotstrings can be powerful tools for automating tasks on a Windows computer. The choice between using hotkeys or hotstrings will depend on the specific needs and requirements of your automation tasks.

The first course I created was on HotStrings.  I have hundreds of them and use them all the time!
In our Intro to AHK Course we dive into HotKeys which are equally powerful and huge time savers!
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