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AutoHotkey

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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 184 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1.24.01
  • Total Downloads:
    351,388
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 03, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.95MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    454
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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AutoHotkey automates keystrokes and mouse clicks to more efficiently handle repetitive tasks, like clicking through screens or entering your street address. You can also write macros or use the app's macro recorder. AutoHotkey supports scripting, too. Best of all, AutoHotkey is open source freeware.

Pros

Setup options: AutoHotkey's setup process includes options galore.

Hotstrings: Hotstrings expand abbreviations into full text, but they can trigger any action you can script.

Screen management: AutoHotkey's ImageSearch command can search screen regions for images. PixelGetColor records the color of single pixels at precise screen coordinates. PixelSearch searches for pixels by color.

Windows management: AutoHotkey has many Windows controls, including Groups (GroupActivate, GroupAdd, GroupClose, GroupDeactivate). Directives enable direct (sometimes brute force) commands for many operations.

Cons

Complex: AutoHotkey makes things easier, but it has so many options, features, and capabilities that less experienced users might find it daunting.

Scripting: It's not difficult to write macros, and AutoHotkey provides extensive instructions and support; nevertheless, it's another aspect that might intimidate inexperienced users.

Bottom Line

AutoHotkey is an impressive app with almost limitless capabilities in the right hands. Some users might find it intimidating, which is a shame because AutoHotkey is actually easy to use and can automate the most basic commands as easily as complex strings.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"the BestScripting Language to send any shortcut or text"

February 11, 2016  |  By arnold2a

2016-02-11 03:26:06  |  By arnold2a

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.1.23.1

Pros

1 you can ease remap your fisical keyboard.
2 it does not lost or need any CPU LOAD. (minimal)
3 the best of all is that you can transform [text] to [long text] example ::btw::By the way
4 send any shortcut/text with your fisical keyboard.

Cons

1 you need to learn a little bit about programming.

Summary

with [autohotkey software] you can make commands to push from [keyboard] out [to send any shortcuts or text]
i use it with [keystarter software] you can make on your desktop a set of 3d buttons with autohotkey commands codes that you can push with your [mouse] out [to send any shortcuts or text]

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5 stars

"A powerful tool"

February 09, 2016  |  By tintinmilou

2016-02-09 14:57:05  |  By tintinmilou

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.1.23.1

Pros

It can perform almost any task you need done.
It can free people from repetitive manual tasks.

Cons

It's not for the meek, nor the faint of heart. It's not a point-and-click drag-and-drop quick visual tool. You have to learn to program with it.

Summary

My experience with AutoHotKey is several years old. But thanks to its capabilities I was able to automate a very manual business process that was taking a person a couple of hours a day, and was error-prone. I not only automated the process, but I was able to reproduce the process on three server-based machines, allowing us to get out from under a several-month backlog, and to improve throughput more that threefold. And frankly, it was fun to program it!

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1 stars

"All I want is a macro recorder"

January 21, 2016  |  By tropicsrfer

2016-01-21 11:31:22  |  By tropicsrfer

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.1.23.0

Pros

I don't know since I am not here to learn a whole new bunch of stuff.

Cons

Impossible to use without going through a bunch of instructions. Why? I just want a macro recorder, I don't want to have to write scripts etc. I wanted a free macro recorder and was directed here? Right...

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5 stars

"The BEST hot key scripting program I have ever used."

April 12, 2015  |  By drreflex

2015-04-12 10:48:04  |  By drreflex

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.1.21.00

Pros

AutoHotKey is a highly functional open source macro programming environment with excellent resources including a great IDE (SciTE4AutoHotkey), excellent macro capture (Macro Creator), GUI interface including GUI creator (GUI Creator), code to exe converter (ahk2exe), detailed documentation (@ahkscript.org), excellent tutorials (@autohotkey.com forum and on youtube). And did I mention it is free.

Cons

AutoHotKey's high functionality comes with a relatively steep learning curve. Luckily there is excellent documentation, great tutorials (written and youtube) and excellent forms for when you get stuck.

Summary

If you would like to automate tasks on your computer with a keystroke or a mouse click, then use AutoHotKey. Due to its relatively comprehensive capabilities, it does come with a somewhat steep learning curve. An excellent IDE, multiple macro capture options, a GUI interface creator, ahk2exe converter, detailed documentation and tutorials will ease the pain. (Early builds of a cross platform AHK complier and a multithreaded AHK .dll for use with other programming languages are available).

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5 stars

"really achieve what you want"

March 04, 2015  |  By pdpenchev

2015-03-04 09:08:49  |  By pdpenchev

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.1.16.05

Pros

has a very good help

Cons

to has more examples

Summary

good. Very good.

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3 stars

"why would anyone want to learn something to do this"

May 11, 2014  |  By wing912930

2014-05-11 00:28:16  |  By wing912930

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.1.14.03

Pros

-really achieve what you want
-good enough to remap almost anything

Cons

-you gotta read manual and learn
-not many button
-hardly a user interface

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5 stars

"I feel like I have really accomplished something."

December 15, 2013  |  By van_

2013-12-15 18:59:19  |  By van_

 |  Version: AutoHotkey_L 1.1.12

Pros

Instead of having to adapt my needs to someone else's software, AutoHotkey_L lets me do it my way.

Cons

I can't remember them, but I'm sure there were one or two Cons. Put it this way: most of what I thought were cons turned out to be something I had just not figured out yet - "The learning curve", though I always found ways around whatever problems I encountered.

Summary

Sometime around 1990, I completed my final programming job and received my final paycheck.
I continued working with computers, consulting, tutoring and developing web sites - especially my own which would grow to over 10,000 pages, to date.

The availability of software for almost any endeavor grew exponentially online, so I almost never had a problem finding something that would accomplish whatever task I was getting into. But I did miss my programming.

Then, one day in 2010 I discovered a need that no available software could fulfill, to my specifications. I needed to throw selected webcam images on the screen, rename them with the date and a subject, and then distribute them to one or more relative folders according to the subject matter, the idea being that I could quickly and easily find them down the line if and when I might need them for a web page, article or whatever.

I needed it fast because my 5 cams were providing me with a fast growing collection of interesting or useful captured shots of visitors; 2 legged, 4 legged, winged, etc. I was renaming and organizing them manually as fast as I could but this ended up taking hours out of each evening of each day with no letup in sight.

Somehow I found AutoHotKey_L.exe. Within a few weeks, I had not only learned the well documented language, but I had created the program I needed to accomplish the above. And I felt alive again; doing something I really loved. It was not quite as rewarding as C++, the Assemblies, FORTRAN and COBOL, but it was and is very close. I have since written a number of other programs, including those that create all of my web pages the way I want them much much faster the it used to take me to write the HTML from scratch.

My current AutoHotKey project is one that processes a lifetime of 35MM and 2x2, etc. negatives that have been digitized by DigMyPics.com onto DVDs and onto my Google+ site.

I love it.

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5 stars

"More than macros. Simple but powerfull dev tool."

June 29, 2013  |  By jlalonde

2013-06-29 17:34:35  |  By jlalonde

 |  Version: AutoHotkey_L 1.1.11.01

Pros

Allow development of real Windows apps with file mngt, dialog boxes design, lots of functions.

Cons

Steep learning curve, especially when first programming language.u

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5 stars

"Useful and reliable"

February 19, 2013  |  By rblevow

2013-02-19 10:29:41  |  By rblevow

 |  Version: AutoHotkey_L 1.1.09.03

Pros

I find AutoHotkey extremely useful for scripting activities and coding keyboard aliases and shortcuts. Initially, the script language can be a bit tricky but once the basics are understood it is very powerful. The program is extremely reliable and has not crashed or interfered with any other activity.

Cons

Recording event sequences for playback is not always as simple as I would likee.

Summary

A very useful and reliable tool, particularly if you make extensive use of the keyboard for commands.

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4 stars

"Quite easy to program all kinds of keys and mouse."

November 15, 2012  |  By mightyh

2012-11-15 12:43:12  |  By mightyh

 |  Version: AutoHotkey_L 1.1.09

Pros

I can't think of anything better than this.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

Very useful program.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1.24.01
  • 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.
General
Publisher AutoHotkey
Publisher web site http://www.autohotkey.com
Release Date August 02, 2016
Date Added August 03, 2016
Version 1.1.24.01
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Automation Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.95MB
File Name AutoHotkey112401_Install.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 351,388
Downloads Last Week 454
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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