October 16, 2015 · software

Software Tool of the Week - AutoHotKey

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AutoHotKey is one of those tools that you'll use and then in a year you'll wonder how you ever got along without it. At heart, AutoHotKey is a scripting language that let's you automate tasks, assign keyboard shortcuts, and launch programs

Wikipedia lists several common tasks people use AutoHotKey:

I have a simple AutoHotKey script that helps imitate media keys. My keyboard doesn't have the ability to turn the volume up, volume down, next track, etc. It's so easy for me to skip to the next track in my Spotify playlists. Also, if someone walks into my office or my phone rings, I can immediately mute my sound without reaching for the knob on my speakers.

Here's the simple code:

There's also a section in my script that allows you to search google from any application. Highlight a term, and instead of copying and pasting it into a browser, press Ctrl+Shift+C and it will automatically search google for that phrase using your default web browser!

To get started with AutoHotKey, check out this beginner's guide.

If you use AutoHotKey and have a favorite script, leave a comment and let me know.

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