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I'm trying to re-purpose some keys that I never use into functions I use all the time. I discovered AutoHotkey here on SuperUser and figured this would be the way to go, but I'm having difficulties already.

The first thing I wanted to do is to remap the Scroll Lock key so that it locks my computer (like pressing Win+L does). From what I have gathered in the AutoHotkey help file, this should work

SCROLLLOCK::Send #l

but it doesn't do anything.

If I change the script to read SCROLLLOCK::Send #e then the Scroll Lock key does launch Windows Explorer, as would be expected. Does anyone know how to lock the computer from AutoHotkey?


Update - I tried the following code as well, but to no avail:

SCROLLLOCK::Run C:Windows\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

The command does lock the computer if you just dump it in the run command, but in AutoHotkey it just does a really brief flash of the "waiting" cursor, then nothing.

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You also appear to be missing a backslash in your run command - C:Windows => C:\Windows... –  Bob Jul 25 '12 at 0:30

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You can lock the computer with AutoHotkey's Run command:

ScrollLock::Run, % "rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation"

You have to be careful when passing parameters, so I like to use an expression to encode the entire command properly.

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