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Program of the Month @ Freeware-Guide.com (February 2009)


AutoHotkey

(keyboard macro program)

Version: 1.0.48
OS: Windows All
Release: February 25, 2009
Download file size: 1.94 MB

AutoHotkey

Introduction

AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can:

  • Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
  • Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.
  • Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing "btw" can automatically produce "by the way".
  • Create custom data-entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars.
  • Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
  • Respond to signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
  • Run existing AutoIt v2 scripts and enhance them with new capabilities.
  • Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don't have AutoHotkey installed.

Other Features

  • Change the volume, mute, and other settings of any soundcard.
  • Make any window transparent, always-on-top, or alter its shape.
  • Use a joystick or keyboard as a mouse.
  • Monitor your system. For example, close unwanted windows the moment they appear.
  • Retrieve and change the clipboard's contents, including file names copied from an Explorer window.
  • Disable or override Windows' own shortcut keys such as Win+E and Win+R.
  • Alleviate RSI with substitutes for Alt-Tab (using keys, mouse wheel, or buttons).
  • Customize the tray icon menu with your own icon, tooltip, menu items, and submenus.
  • Display dialog boxes, tooltips, balloon tips, and popup menus to interact with the user.
  • Perform scripted actions in response to system shutdown or logoff.
  • Detect how long the user has been idle. For example, run CPU intensive tasks only when the user is away.
  • Automate game actions by detecting images and pixel colors (this is intended for legitimate uses such as the alleviation of RSI).
  • Read, write, and parse text files more easily than in other languages.
  • Perform operation(s) upon a set of files that match a wildcard pattern.
  • Work with the registry and INI files.

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