I need this info in many places:

Date     Time Lat   Long
20130223 0800 44.44 32.33

Most of the time, I key in the date and time manually or using a program shortcut key like F5 in Notepad.

But, I need this at many places, and I don't want to always type / use the program's built-in copy-paste function. I need to just press a key on the keyboard – or two keys, say F8 or AltF8 and I need the data.

Is there any direct way to do that? Or any combination of tools?

  • Is there a particular program you're trying to accomplish this in?
    – Kruug
    Feb 25, 2013 at 18:59
  • No. I want to use it when naming files, or within text files, or within excel. Feb 25, 2013 at 19:07
  • I think autohotkey.com/docs/Tutorial.htm does help Feb 25, 2013 at 19:24

2 Answers 2


Autohotkey is a great tool for Windows that is great for tying text insertion to universal hotkeys. It's scripting language has built in functionality for filling in date and time. They have a page with details and examples of how to specify custom date/time formatting. There are also many tutorials and examples that can help you get started as well as lots of ready-made user scripts available around the web.


PhaseExpress is user friendly, and free.

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    Can you expand on why it might be helpful in your answer?
    – jonsca
    Sep 1, 2013 at 4:53

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