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I have many non-technical minded friends who could benefit greatly from the customisability of AHK but who are scared of the concept of scripting. Just wondering if there already exists some user interface to create scripts instead of using Notepad, and somewhat similar to Apple's Automater?

I'm on Windows 7.

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In short, no. No block-style script builder exists for AutoHotKey. But there is a macro generator (Check C:\Program Files\AutoHotKey\Extras) and a GUI Builder[ZIP]. You can get pretty close to an IDE though with this modded SciTE build.

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Adam Pash over at lifehacker has written a small app called Texter:

Unlike software-specific text replacement features, Texter runs in the Windows system tray and works in any application you're typing in. Texter can also set return-to markers for your cursor and insert clipboard contents into your replacement text, in addition to more advanced keyboard macros. Did we mention it's free?

It is built for easy, stand alone creation of AutoHotKey's Hotstring text replacement functions. You can make it do more than text, as it can send any keys that AutoHotKey recognizes (like {Tab}). (See under the heading Advanced Use).

Also, it is written in AutoHotKey itself:

Finally, Texter is open source, written using AutoHotkey, so if you're an AutoHotkey user and you want to check out or run Texter from the source, grab the source code.

So you could grab the source and tweak it to add the options for the things your friends want it to do.

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There are instructions for getting syntax highlighting for AutoHotkey set up in Notepad++ here.

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