Questions tagged [autohotkey]

AutoHotkey (AHK) is a free, open-source macro-creation and automation software for Microsoft Windows that allows users to automate repetitive tasks. It is driven by a scripting language that was initially aimed at providing keyboard shortcuts, otherwise known as hotkeys, that over time evolved into a full-fledged scripting language.

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How can I open a command prompt in current folder with a keyboard shortcut?

How can I open a command prompt in current folder with a keyboard shortcut in Windows 7? Is there any way to implement this? I think Autohotkey could do this, but don't know how.
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"Select to Copy and Middle Click to Paste" in Windows

Is there any application to mimic the "Select to Copy and Middle Click to Paste" behaviour in Windows? I was hoping to find an AutoHotkey script for this, but I couldn't. Maybe someone here could ...
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What to do when I need more keys than my keyboard has?

I have a standard keyboard. With AutoHotKey, I have mapped F1 to F12 to perform extremely specific tasks which I have muscle-memorized, and in addition to these, I have numerous WinKey+Letter ...
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How can I record macros for Autohotkey? [closed]

I used a macro recorder for AutoHotkey in the past, but now I can't seem to find it at all. How can I record macros for Autohotkey?
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Is there a way to dismiss notifications using a keyboard shortcut in Windows 10?

I'm talking about the notifications that appear in the bottom right corner and disappear by themselves in a few seconds. However, they sometimes can take up a lot of space and get in the way, which is ...
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Keyboard Shortcut to Swap Mouse Buttons

I use my mouse with both hands and like to switch back and forth for comfort reasons. However, this is made difficult by needing to go through about a zillion layers of menus to swap the buttons each ...
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How do I escape the '{' and '}' characters in an AutoHotKey script?

I'm trying to write a simple auto-replace script but can't find how to insert the '{}' characters. The usual escape characters (backtick ` or backslash ) don't seem to work for curly brackets. e.g. :...
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Swapping Function (Fn) and Control (Ctrl) Keys on Lenovo ThinkPad W500

I'd like to swap the Fn and Ctrl keys on my ThinkPad W500 (like many others! See: How can I switch the function and control keys on my laptop? and Intercepting the Fn key on laptops) Numerous folks ...
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How can I use Autohotkey to focus on an existing Google Chrome tab, not a "container" window?

How can I use Autohotkey to focus on an existing Google Chrome tab, not a "container" window? Details Google Chrome seems to represent each window with a container window handle, which contains one ...
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Super key to pause, mute mic, and mute speakers in windows

EDIT:Just rephrasing the question: Does anyone know how to mute the mic using autohotkey? Here's why I need it: Whenever someone walks in my office I have to pause the media player. Sometimes, when ...
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Open Powershell as Administrator at Current File Explorer Directory Keyboard Shortcut (Windows 10)

Let's say that I'm browsing through Windows File Explorer, and suddenly I decide that I would like to open Powershell as administrator at the current directory (the directory that I'm at in File ...
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AutoHotKey equivalent on Mac

I am looking for a Mac application similar to AutoHotkey. What are the best Mac applications in this category?
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How to combine three keys as a hotkey with Autohotkey?

I want to combine CapsLock Alt k keys in a single hotkey, such as this: CapsLock & !k:: Send !{Up} This doesn't work because Autohotkey doesn't allow the combination of more than two keys except ...
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How do I disable specific windows 10/Office Keyboard Shortcut (CTRL+SHIFT+WIN+ALT+D)

it seems that Office has decided to hi-jack the keyboard shortcut CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+WIN+D. That might not seem like a problem, but I have assigned that keyboard shortcut in AutoHotKey and have been ...
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script to restore/bring to front of a program, or open it if it is not active

I am trying to develop a script that should do the following. For example, !W should: check if Word is active (can be open or minimized) if it is minimized, it should be restored to the size and ...
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Disable Ctrl+Z shortcut or clear undo history in Windows Explorer?

Is there any way to disable the CTRL+Z (Undo) shortcut in Windows Explorer? Alternatively, is there a way to have Windows Explorer "forget" its undo history? The reason I ask is that you may have ...
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How to disable only some Windows 10 global shortuts to use them in third-party applications?

1. Briefly I want to disable only some Windows 10 default global hotkeys, to use this hotkeys for run Sublime Text commands. 2. Detail I have Windows 32-bit 10.0.14393. In Windows 10 we have many ...
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What is the easiest way to get a yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss timestamp hotkey on the Mac?

On Windows I use the PSPad editor which has a nice ALT-D timestamp which you can edit the format of, e.g. yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss. When working outside an editor, e.g. Google Docs, I have Autohotkey ...
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Any way to keep connection alive in pgAdmin without setting it on the server?

I am using postgres.heroku.com to host my databases. This means that I have no way of changing server settings. Therefore, the answer to this question does not help me. Heroku is not willing to change ...
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How can I use the keyboard to simulate mousewheel scrolling with AutoHotkey?

I'm looking for a way to scroll with the keyboard using AutoHotkey. It would be also great if I could tweak scrolling speed somehow.
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Cannot get Windows snipping tool to auto run with AutoHotKey

I am trying to get Windows 7 sniping tool to run when I hit my PRINTSCREEN keyboard button with AUTOHOTKEY. I have been unsuccessful so far though. Here is what I have for the AutoHotKey script. ...
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Remap arrow keys to win+ijkl on linux

I'd like to remap arrow keys to windows key plus ijkl. I can do this easily in Autohotkey on windows, but I'm struggling on Linux (Ubuntu lucid). I'd really like the solution to work independently ...
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Generic way to remap every media button

Today I tried to remap some keyboard media keys to more useful functions and failed to do so. The problem The manufacturer doesn't provide a utility to bind and execute custom commands. My previous ...
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Set (Many) Programs' Window Size/Position

I'm looking for a solution similar to this, but for Windows 7 (64-bit), and not just for the terminal. This is also definitely not a duplicate of this question. The Problem Some programs remember ...
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How to emulate numpad on a PC laptop?

Some programs use numpad keys for commands: for example to select all files in a folder in the FAR Manager you can just press the numpad *. Also in Windows one can, for example, type § by Alt+(Numpad0-...
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Control Chrome completely with the keyboard

Chrome has generally great keyboard support, but there are a few things that you can't do with the keyboard in Chrome: Open the previous page in a new tab. (Ctrl-click on the back button does this, ...
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AutoHotKey not working with Outlook 2010

I created a AutoHotKey script and compiled it to an exe. I then ran the exe and ran Outlook 2010. When I try to use my hotkeys I defined I get an error in the status bar saying "This modification is ...
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automate so that if and only if external monitor is attached, closing laptop lid does nothing

Please don't mark as duplicate before reading the whole thing. I have read the other posts and they do not solve my issue. I'm using a laptop with an external display. When the display is connected, ...
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How to toggle the auto-hide status of the Windows taskbar

I use Windows 8 on my desktop. Currently I have to move my mouse over the taskbar, right click, click on properties, click on auto-hide the taskbar, and then click OK. This is a real pain if you want ...
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How can I make multi-line AutoHotKey scripts more readable?

I want to create an AutoHotKey script that generates this text: ==videoReview aspnetmvc IDCODE TITLE DESC 10:00 viewable online [[ ]] 3 english extras::$url=nnn;$reason= Using a similar tool called ...
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Why is notepad++ blocking my autohotkey shortcuts?

I have a series of keyboard shortcuts defined in my autohotkey script. Currently, none of them work whenever notepad++ has focus. The script is loaded as usual. The keyboard shortcuts (mostly stuff ...
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AutoHotkeyA32 vs. AutoHotkeyU32 vs. AutoHotkeyU64

The portable .zip archive for AutoHotkey contains 3 executables: AutoHotkeyA32.exe, AutoHotkeyU32.exe, and AutoHotkeyU64.exe. Based on the filenames, I'm assuming 32 and 64 refer to 32-bit and 64-bit ...
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Enable/Disable a network adapter with a keyboard shortcut

I started out trying to use a shortcut to display the Local Area Connection Status window on my desktop by creating a shortcut and assigning it Ctrl+, (comma). Windows didn't like that, so it added ...
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How do I figure out the installation path of apps from the Microsoft Store

I want to set up a hotkey tool called Autohotkey to open up a program called "Trello" when I hit a certain key combination. For that I need to know the absolute path of the program. The only problem ...
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Remap Caps Lock in Windows (escape *and* control) [duplicate]

There's plenty of utilities that remap keys, but I can't seem to find a very specific feature: I want to have caps lock act as the control modifier key when held down, but as escape when pressed on ...
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AutoHotKey Run Windows Commands

Is there a way to run Windows command line commands in AutoHotKey without just opening a command prompt and sending the key presses? I want to run commands hidden in the background. For example ...
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How do I disable certain keys using a key in AutoHotkey?

I want the "End" key to block/lock certain keys like a,s,d,i,j,k,l. And when I click "End" again to unblock the same keys (a,s,d,i,j,k,l). How can I do this in Autohotkey? Can someone please tell me ...
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Switch Ctrl and Alt with AutoHotKey without messing up the Alt-Tab switcher?

I want to switch the Ctrl and Alt keys in Windows XP. I created an AutoHotKey script that contains the following: LAlt::LCtrl RAlt::RCtrl LCtrl::LAlt RCtrl::RAlt This works, but the only problem ...
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How can I launch FireFox with no window frame or tabs / address bar?

I am looking for a way to launch Firefox from a script or command line without any window frame, address bar, or tabs. I'd like to be able to launch this at a given window size and position on screen. ...
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Bluetooth media controls not working windows 10

I have bluetooth headphones synced and playing music from my windows 10 laptop without any problems. How can I make it possible to pause/play, skip track, previous track controls on the headphones ...
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Free panning/scrolling on LibreOffice Draw

LibreOffice Draw allows me to scroll vertically or horizontally using my mouse as follows: Scroll Wheel: Scroll vertically Shift + Scroll Wheel: Scroll horizontally My question is: Is there any way ...
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Windows virtual desktops. Cycle back to first desktop at end

Let's say I have three virtual desktops. I know I can navigate through them using: ctrl + windows + left | right However, is there a way to make it cycle back through to the beginning if I reach the ...
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Need Autohotkey to center active window

I'm looking for a way to center the active window on the desktop using Autohotkyes. Can someone give me a script that I could use please. Thanks
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How to fix AHK to send keys to RDP fullscreen?

How do you get AutoHotKey hotkeys to work with Remote Desktop in fullscreen on Windows 7?
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MacBook Pro / Windows 7 : remap Cmd key to Ctrl, except Cmd+Tab to Alt+Tab

I'm using a MacBook Pro running Windows 7 under bootcamp. I'm used to switching between Mac kb / MacOS X software and Windows kb / Windows software but the crazy mixup of Mac kb / Windows software ...
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Is there an AutoHotKey for Ubuntu?

I would like to simulate keyboard combinations. I am able to do this on Windows with AutoHotKey. Is there an equivalent app for Ubuntu?
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Move E-mails into specific folder using keyboard shortcut in Outlook 2010

I am looking for a way to move e-mails in Outlook to a specific folder. For example: Windows+M - Will automatically move highlighted messages into "FOLDERA" without any popups or anything. I know ...
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How to open a URL in a new browser window with AutoHotkey?

With AutoHotkey on Windows you can associate a shortcut to open a URL - web page or link - in the default browser with the following script: ^!g::Run https://mail.google.com/ This will open Gmail in ...
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Add Right-Click Save as PDF in Windows Explorer

I'm looking for a way to be able to add some options to the Right Click Context menu in Windows 7. I really don't have much experience in programming much but I am very eager and willing to learn. ...
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AutoHotkey script for 'right click context menu' command [duplicate]

I am using a Macintosh keyboard on Windows and would like to create a hotkey so that I can turn ctrl and some other other button into the “right click context menu” button of non-mac keyboards. What ...
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