AutoHotkey

AutoHotkey

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 181 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1.21.00
  • Total Downloads:
    310,258
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 02, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.66MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    526
  • Platform:
    Windows
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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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5 stars

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

April 12, 2015  |  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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1.21.00
Version 1.1.21.00 may contain unspecified bug fixes and features.
General
Publisher AutoHotkey
Publisher web site http://www.autohotkey.com
Release Date April 02, 2015
Date Added April 02, 2015
Version 1.1.21.00
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Automation Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.66MB
File Name AutoHotkey112100_Install.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 310,258
Downloads Last Week 526
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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