AutoHotkey

AutoHotkey

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 179 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.1.15.00
File Size:
2.57MB
Date Added:
June 27, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
285,099
Downloads Last Week:
663
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

This freeware program lets power users perform complex operations by pressing a few keys. A quick glance shows that the AutoHotkey script language offers a wide range of opportunities.

First, it can run programs, manipulate program windows, and send keystrokes or mouse clicks. Multimedia or Internet keyboards are supported, and you can plug in nonstandard devices. It can also handle files and folders. For instance, it can check whether there is enough free disk space, then delete all temporary files if there isn't. Most remarkably, you can pack your scripts into EXE files that will run on any PC, even without AutoHotkey installed.

AutoHotKey hogs a grand total of only 1MB of memory when running in the background. However, the user interface is minimal, so you will have to read the manual carefully and write scripts yourself. The program works great as a script-running engine, but we would like to see more tools in the interface, such as a script library and an integrated scripting environment. AutoHotkey should appeal to advanced users with some command of scripting and a dislike for removing their fingers from the keyboard.

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  • All Versions:

    4.3

    out of 179 votes

    • 5 star: 125
    • 4 star: 27
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 15
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  • 3 stars

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

    May 11, 2014   |   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_

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • 5 stars

    "Great product"

    November 03, 2012   |   By drfisheye

    Version: AutoHotkey_L 1.1.08.01

    Pros

    Easy to program all kinds of key- and mouse automations. Both for simple tasks and more complex ones.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

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  • 5 stars

    "gets the job done"

    May 23, 2012   |   By balajimicman

    Version: AutoHotkey_L 1.1.07.03

    Pros

    supports all key combinations
    very useful for automation
    custom create handy keyboard shortcuts

    Cons

    need to spend some some time to write the scripts, it would be nice if there is UI for writing the scripts with pre-populated drop downs etc.

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  • 2 stars

    "I don't want to read a 50 page manual"

    May 13, 2012   |   By Trebbor58

    Version: AutoHotkey_L 1.1.07.03

    Pros

    It looks very in depth. IF you need more than something simple and are willing to learn this is for you....

    Cons

    You have to learn too much, I need to make a couple simple macros for a game, but this requires way too much trouble to do.

    Summary

    too much to learn... not interested...

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  • 4 stars

    "Extremely versatile"

    November 16, 2011   |   By Lahodaweb

    Version: AutoHotkey_L 1.1.05.01

    Pros

    Powerful automation language. Free. Useful.

    Cons

    No real user interface. Cryptic macro language. Quite a learning curve. Not for the faint of heart.

    Summary

    If you can handle the monster it is powerful as a monster. Noobs stay clear.

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  • 5 stars

    "Amazing time saver"

    November 09, 2011   |   By TiggityBen

    Version: AutoHotkey 1.0.47.04

    Pros

    Enormous amount of commands can be customized. This has sped up my computer use a ton from hotkeys for opening CS5 to my blog, yo restarting and logging off and opening directories that are buried deep within other folders etc.

    Cons

    If you type in a command that ahk does not recognize it is difficult to remedy the situation. i have a separate notepad with my custom hotkeys saved within.

    Summary

    It takes a little while to get used to the program but the user manual is pretty good and guides you through basically any command you might want to create. I wrote a quick post with some sample scripts and how to get started. Check it: http://tiggity.blogspot.com/2011/11/create-your-own-custom-hot-keys-with.html

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