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AutoHotkey 1.1.24.01

Automate any task on your computer with this powerful scripting tool

by Nick Peers

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 02 August 2016
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Downloads To Date: 5217
Developer: AutoHotkey Foundation LLC
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AutoHotKey's macro recorder
Record keystrokes automatically using AutoScriptWriter.

Anyone who’s taken advantage of their office application’s macro function will realise just how useful a tool it is: suddenly, instead of having to perform several repetitive tasks or mouse clicks over and over again, you can record those keystrokes or mouse clicks, then “play” them back with a single click or keystroke, saving you time and effort in the process.

The only problem with macros is that they’re limited to Office, so what can you do if you’d like to extend this functionality to another program – or across Windows as a whole? The solution lies a program called AutoHotkey. This allows you to create scripts that can automate not just common commands like launching programs, but also mouse clicks and keystrokes. It can also be used as an auto-text tool, to create customised entry forms, dialogue boxes and menu bars, and remap keys and buttons on mice and joysticks for good measure.

Scripting for most of these is done by hand in AutoHotkey’s editor, but mouse and keystrokes can also be recorded using the supplied macro recorder (AutoScriptWriter), just like in Office. We’ve found it’s more effective to record keystrokes rather than rely on mouse clicks as these are based on the mouse’s position on the screen, which means they won’t work if a dialogue box or program window is resized or moved.

AutoHotKey 1.1.24.01 (changelog):

- Changed Hotkey, If, Expression to raise an error if the unused third parameter is not blank.
- Fixed &&, || and ternary to release any object used as the condition, as in if (a.subObject && b).
- Fixed Gui/GuiControl failing to "check" radio buttons within a Tab3 control.
- Fixed FileCreateShortcut to allow relative paths for the LinkFile parameter on Windows 10.
- Fixed themed Tab3 control to not override the custom text color of its controls.
- Fixed debugger mishandling continuation commands in some specific cases.

Verdict:

A powerful tool with many uses - even relatively inexperienced users will find the macro recorder a useful way to automate a repetitive series of clicks or keystrokes.

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