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Thanks Leo, just installed autohotkey, and run the test example - very impressive - this will save me hours of tedious typing - thank you AGAIN - more useful advise!
For many years I've used a program called My Function Keys. With this, you assign text to the normally useless F keys. A single keystroke is all that is needed. It costs about 12.00 or so. You can even move the text files to other computers so that all you computers behave the same.
Hello Leo, I tried AutoHotkey for a while and made a few keyboard shortcuts, but then gave it up because it's a little too geeky and I couldn't find a good set of instructions. I would need a task-oriented manual if possible.
Is there an "AutoHotkey for Dummies" or equivalent?
This is a good program for those who have the patience to learn to use it.
I love AutoHotKey! I use it to start applications that I use frequently but don't want open all the time, or a set of apps I use for presentations. I've also created some scripts to get to control panel apps without all the pointing and clicking.
As for instructions, there are people who have posted their AHK scripts for others to use. I learned quite a bit from seeing other scripts.
In Word7 there is now a button called Quickparts. Add your email address to that.
I use the My Function Keys program suggested above by Ron. It has changed a bit. Only the F1 thru F4 keys are programmable, but there is no cost. Very simple to set up and a real time saver.
I would also like to recommend the freeware Windows automation engine AutoIt. Much of AutoHotKey's scripting style is based on the old version 2 of AutoIt; AutoIt itself is now in version 3 and has been for years.
As a point of disclosure, I am one of the developers of AutoIt.
WOW!! Thanks for introducing me to AutoHotkey.
Took a bit of savy but now it is so easy and I am using it in all my corespondance.
Keep up the good work
can the keyboard be programmed to start up a computer(windows xp pro)?
Thanks, this was literally my exact question. Very helpful, everyone. Cheers.
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