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AutoHotkey

AutoHotkey (AHK) is a free, open-source macro-creation and automation software for Windows that...

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AutoHotkey (AHK) is a free, open-source macro-creation and automation software for Windows that allows users to automate repetitive tasks. It is driven by a scripting language that was initially aimed at providing keyboard shortcuts, otherwise known as hotkeys, that over time evolved into a full-fledged scripting language.

You can use AutoHotkey to:
- Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes or mouse clicks, or via COM.
- You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or a recorder.
- Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
- Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
- Expand abbreviations as you type them.
- Retrieve and change the Clipboard's contents. More Info »

You can also:
- Convert any AHK script into an executable file that can be run on computers where AutoHotkey is not installed.
- Create custom data-entry forms, user interfaces and menu bars.
- Automate data entry jobs by reading data from text files, XML, CSV, Excel and various database formats.
- Read signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
- Use the Component Object Model (COM).
- Use arrays, structures, matrices, and objects.
- Use variadic functions.
- Use DLL calls and Windows Messages.
- Use Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE).
- Use interactive debugging features. More Info »

Link to official AutoHotkey site

Official Website
AutoHotkey (sometimes refered to as AHK) was added by lmennuti in Apr 2009 and the lastest update was made in Mar 2014. There is a history of activites on AutoHotkey in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on AutoHotkey or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam.
 
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This thing is the best, most lightweight driver that can handle anything you want with your mouse or keyboard!! It's the answer to all the usual keyboard and mouse drivers crap.
Only downside for IT-dummies: you have to set things up by editing a config file (easy for normal shortcuts though!).

 
J

Nota Bene: Config files are no longer necessary.

 
B

Not meant for games

Comment by BjornR about AutoHotkey Aug 2011

Unfortunately AutoHotKey doesn't always function in games.

 
J

Many advances have been made since this comment in Aug 2011. AutoHotkey now supports games very well without any special treatment.

If you find that you still have difficulty interacting with some applications, explore the SendMode and SetKeyDelay settings.

 
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I LOVE AutoHotKey. It expanded strings for me. It moved windows around and resized them. It added the hotkeys that developers forgot. AutoHotKey is a marvel and, amazingly, it's free. I could even, somewhat painfully, create a GUI with it if I wanted to.

But now I'm on a Mac full time and there's no equivalent. Finally forced to deal with it the best I've done is replace it with a half-dozen different tools.

Spectacle (free) or Divvy ($) can move windows around and resize them. Options are limited, but I'm finding them adequate for now.

KeyRemap4MacBok (free) will... remap keys. Mainly to move cmd-q to cmd-shift-q so I'll stop closing my browser when I meant to close a tab.

BetterTouchTool (free) has added the back/forward gestures that were missing from Finder and seems to have a LOT more functionality that I haven't checked out yet.

Typinator ($) or TextExpander ($) will expand text although there are some issues with Mac's "secure keyboard mode" and applications (especially Chrome) that don't it turn it off when they're done with it. Typinator is winning this battle so far and their support was very quick to respond and fix my issue with one app that it wouldn't work with.

It's not perfect but it's the best I've found so far.

[Edited by Awfki, January 16]

 
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AutoHotkey is awesome for remapping of the keyboard and for customization of shortcuts and so much more.. It is script based, but quite easy to handle the basics of it.

 
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Quality alternatives

Comment by aron about AutoHotkey Dec 2011

Executioner... Wow. This thing is unbelievable. It's not even been downloaded 100 times in over a year and yet it's more advanced than everything on this list other than AutoIt @_@ It's included plugins do 2/3 of the things I need.

WinParrot is quite handy for quick tasks and I'll keep it as well. Very glad I found this site. SO handy.

 
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AWESOME! It can save you a lifetime of menial tasks, and solve UI shortcomings of other applications, no more waiting for the author to issue an update, you can improve the user experience by yourself.

Only thing I would like to see improved is the reliability of scripts that require the Sleep command to work properly, mostly mouse/keyboard/menu UI operations.

 



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