TechSpot: Time-Saving AutoHotKey Scripts

Many of you are probably already familiar with AutoHotKey. This small and free utility lets you automate tasks and make your PC work exactly the way you want it to. The program is driven by a custom scripting language that's easy to understand -- even for someone with little or no programming experience.

For example, you can assign a hotkey to launch any application you use regularly, or just switch to it if it is already running; assign abbreviations that expand as you type them; save time on repetitive tasks by setting the computer to auto-click a confirmation screen; or make the 'Scroll Lock' and Pause/Break keys do something useful for a change. The best part is that scripts can be compiled into an executable file and run on computers that don't have AutoHotkey installed.

Today we'll be looking at three simple time-saving scripts that can make your life easier and more productive.

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Don't suppose anyone got a script to minimize a active window? Mostly thinking of a fullscreen window. Running games mostly in Windows(Fullscreen) and it would be nice if i had a hotkey to minimize these windows fully.

Nitrius said,
Don't suppose anyone got a script to minimize a active window? Mostly thinking of a fullscreen window. Running games mostly in Windows(Fullscreen) and it would be nice if i had a hotkey to minimize these windows fully.

alt+tab usually works already. Failing that, the windows key.

_DP said,

alt+tab usually works already. Failing that, the windows key.

Well, that i know. But am thinking about Aion here, because that doesn't fully minimize, it stays in the background when you open other windows/browser. Probably because it has some sort of "onTop" flag. Only way i've found to fully minimize it, is to right click Aion in the task manager and select minimize.

gadean said,
I love AHK. Far better than AutoIt, imo. Very powerful

Explain how

Since the core is based on AutoIt, which has far more features and functionality, what does AHK posses that AutoIt cannot do?

This is funny because... AutoHotKey is based off of AutoIt, which IMO is far superior.

Maybe I'm just saying this being an AutoIt MVP and all, but I've tried both and AutoIt just feels so much better syntax-wise.

jbrooksuk said,
This is funny because... AutoHotKey is based off of AutoIt, which IMO is far superior.

Maybe I'm just saying this being an AutoIt MVP and all, but I've tried both and AutoIt just feels so much better syntax-wise.


I too prefer AutoIt for automated tasks. AHK is probably easier to use/more user friendly, but AutoIt is much more powerful.

Nagisan said,

I too prefer AutoIt for automated tasks. AHK is probably easier to use/more user friendly, but AutoIt is much more powerful.

AHK syntax doesn't even look nice.