AutoHotkey

AutoHotkey

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.47.06
  • Total Downloads:
    289,065
  • Date Added:
    March 30, 2008
  • File Size:
    2.58MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    573
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.1

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 2
  • 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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1 stars

"Not a GUI interface. Not user friendly"

January 12, 2009  |  By EPENTA

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.0.47.06

Pros

None. Didnt even do one hotkey macro.

Cons

No uninstall. No graphical user interface. Awful.

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1 stars

"Trojan.Virtumonde"

December 05, 2008  |  By Labyr!nth

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.0.47.06

Pros

Looks good

Cons

Trojan.Virtumonde
http://www.pctools.com/mrc/infections/id/Trojan.Virtumonde/

Detected by multiple scanners. :|

Summary

I noticed a slight drop in performance after installing this, but I didn't think much of it, I assumed it was sometihng to do with it tracking actions or something. But no, a couple days later I run a scan and trojans pop up. Yay!
http://www.pctools.com/mrc/infections/id/Trojan.Virtumonde/

:/

Too bad, it seemed like a pretty good program.

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5 stars

"Really useful. Wish I'd known about it years ago."

November 05, 2008  |  By RealGoodBloke

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.0.47.06

Pros

I have a Mac and run Windows using Parallels Desktop. Unfortunately the Mac is missing some important keys (e.g. Print Screen). This utility allows me to map Alt-p to do the same as Alt PrintScreen.

Cons

To program it there is a programming language you need to get to grips with. If programming isn't your bag, this utility is not for you.

Summary

This tool is going to save me hours.

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5 stars

"Great scripting language"

October 31, 2008  |  By i3

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.0.47.06

Pros

Easy to use, can write macros in minutes

Cons

Lacks COM support

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5 stars

"Open source, reliable, and customizable solution"

October 19, 2008  |  By samisamiss

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.0.47.06

Pros

Human readable script, open source, lot of features

Cons

Fit my purpose perfectly

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5 stars

"ultimate automation tool"

September 05, 2008  |  By chirag_y_patil

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.0.47.06

Pros

lets you write programs in its own powerful language
lets you create executable which don't need the program to be installed on other machines
lots of scripts are available already

Cons

you will have to learn the language...but still its a simple task with the help file at your hand

Summary

a must have for every user

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5 stars

"Works well and easy to learn"

August 06, 2008  |  By choicefresh

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.0.47.06

Pros

I heard about this software from the people at donationcoder.com who use it. It's easy to learn, and you can make all sorts of programs with it. You can even convert them to .exe so they work on any computer!

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2 stars

"Too Complicated"

June 28, 2008  |  By ocxnc

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.0.47.06

Pros

It's free.

Cons

If you're a programmer or want to learn how, start here. If you want a simple tape recorder to play back your key strokes, go somewhere else.

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4 stars

"Very Good for handling repetitive tasks"

June 18, 2008  |  By TJCPS

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.0.47.06

Pros

Fairly easy to use and help is generally good when writing scripts.

Cons

It seems the file browsing is pretty slow as you wait quite a while for it to do a search. I was surprised there doesn't seem to be a way to do a general file search and then check the results without user help.

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5 stars

"An excellent program for both simple and complex macros."

May 29, 2008  |  By janec721

 |  Version: AutoHotkey 1.0.47.06

Pros

The level of control AutoHotkey provides is amazing. It doesn't just record your actions. It records them acording to the current window. If I have NotePad open and copy into IE. It remembers that I copied from NotePad, not position 358, 591 on the screen.

It provides an easy to use recorder, so you can record the macros yourself, but it also allows you to edit the macro. That way you can record the basic motions you want it to perform and edit them to do exactly what you want it to do.

Cons

There is a bit of a learning curve to be able to utilize the more advanced capabilities of this program. However, the documentation is excellent, which allows you to write macros that do EXACTLY what you want them to.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.0.47.06
Version 1.0.47.06 has dynamic function calling and fixes two minor bugs.
General
Publisher AutoHotkey
Publisher web site http://www.autohotkey.com
Release Date March 10, 2008
Date Added March 30, 2008
Version 1.0.47.06
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Automation Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows, Windows 98, Windows Vista, Windows Me
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download Information
File Size 2.58MB
File Name AutoHotkey111605_Install.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 289,065
Downloads Last Week 573
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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