Automate some tasks with Automatic Mouse and Keyboard

Automate tasks with Automatic Mouse and Keyboard, a complex program that doesn't always deliver.

Repeating the same tasks every day on your computer can eat up a lot of time. But an app that helps you automate some of those things could provide welcome relief. Automatic Mouse and Keyboard has lots of options to do just that, but the resulting recordings don't always perform as expected.

The initial interface includes multiple icons bordering the top and left. Automatic Mouse and Keyboard opens with three example recordings displayed, but the first one we tried, which was supposed to draw a triangle in MS Paint, didn't work, and we simply got an error message after a few seconds. The other example to open Notebook and create a text message worked fine. We jumped in with an easy task using MS Paint again. If you're just recording your mouse and keyboard actions, the process is as simple as hitting the Record button. Once you stop the recording, you can choose one of two play modes, fixed position or relative position. Unfortunately, we tried both modes but neither one resulted in the same actions we recorded to open MS Paint and draw a simple line. We also tried working with Start menu, taskbar, and desktop items, but didn't have 100% accuracy regardless of the actions we recorded. While the basics are fairly easy to understand, there's little on-screen explanation for more advanced settings to create "If..then" scenarios or to set variables and assign them values. Newer users will probably have to head to the online Help file to fully understand or use the more complex settings, but even more experienced users might be discouraged about those when the simple tasks don't seem to be carried out accurately all the time.

With so many programs out there that can more accurately record mouse and keyboard actions, Automatic Mouse and Keyboard isn't one we can recommend. You'll also have to manually delete some items that are left behind after you uninstall the program.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Automatic Mouse and Keyboard 5.1.9.6.

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