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Very good
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out of 180 votes out of 180 votes

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    Jan. 16, 2018
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Editors' Review

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.


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.


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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What's new in version
  • Fixed visible Input end keys causing any pending dead key to double up.
  • Fixed hotstrings/Input affecting how Tab/Esc act in a dead key sequence.
  • Fixed A_IconFile returning an incorrect path if a DLL was used.
  • Fixed Gui with +Parent to center within the parent GUI vs. the screen.
  • Fixed Input/hotstring detection of dead key sequences in Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps.
  • Fixed < & v and > & v being seen as duplicates, and similar cases. This affects custom combinations where the prefix key is also a modifier symbol. This also fixes hotkeys which consist only of modifier symbols and a single trailing space, such as + ::, to be treated as errors rather than ignoring the space (hotkeys do not permit trailing space).
Publisher AutoHotkey
Publisher web site
Release Date January 16, 2018
Date Added January 16, 2018
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Automation Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.18MB
File Name AutoHotkey_1.1.27.05_setup.exe
Total Downloads 380,051
Downloads Last Week 414
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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