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March 5, 2023

I have recently learned the ISP supporting the shopping cart I use for my ComputorEdgeBooks.com AutoHotkey books will drop the product after May of this year. That means the site that will no longer be available for sale of the books. For those who have purchased through the site (or plan to before June), don’t worry. I have downloaded all of the order information and will continue to support the availability of the books in your orders. Just contact me through this blog. If necessary, I will email copies of the books upon request to those who need additional access due to computer crashes or other unusual events.

All the books currently on the site are up-to-date and I currently have no plans for further updates. The books primarily address AutoHotkey version 1.1 with some references and examples of version 2.0. I do not plan to rework the books to address version 2.0 programming. I’m not ready to start such a massive undertaking. My life has taken a different direction.

You may ask if the release of AutoHotkey version 2.0 makes my books obsolete. If you plan to pursue only version 2.0, then, with the exception of Hotkeys, Hotstrings, and scripting techniques, I would have to say yes (at least for 75% of your coding). While the logic in the many 1.1 apps and examples remain useful and the information about Hotkeys and Hotstrings is virtually identical in version 2.0, you would need to convert the commands in the books into version 2.0 functions. This does not present a problem for short examples but can get quite involved for some of the longer scripts. If your primary goal involves implementing Hotkeys and Hotstrings, then you may find my books valuable for some time to come. (I continue to use my many version 1.1 apps, such as QuickLinks and numerous Hotstrings on a daily basis.) Some topics such as Regular Expressions (RegEx) already use functions, making the information in the books 99% compatible with version 2.0.

If you plan to stick with AutoHotkey version 1.1, you may find my books very helpful. Version 1.1 is virtually bulletproof and you will be able to use it for some time to come. Be aware that, in general, AutoHotkey will no longer support version 1.1—not that it needs much support.

You’ll find a great deal of AutoHotkey information in the blogs posted here. They reflect the type of support found in the books. I plan to support this site by paying for its continuation for some time to come. If you find the articles useful, then you can contribute through the “Buy Jack a Cappuccino!” link at the right. (There’s no limit on the number of cups you can buy.) If you decide to buy my books before June 2023, then rest assured that I will find a way to keep them available to you after that date—regardless of any computer catastrophes that may happen to you.

January 31, 2022

I see that AutoHotkey version 2.0 has now moved into beta testing. That means the official release may occur in the not-too-far-off future. It’s important to remember that versions 1.1 and 2.0 are not compatible and use a significantly different syntax. If starting now, I may have used version 2.0, but you don’t have to.

The most recent update to version 1.1 occurred last August. That means future efforts likely will apply only to version 2.0. When I start up my blogging again, I will probably confine my efforts to the new version and how to convert 1.1 scripts to 2.0.

After all these years, version 1.1 offers a pretty solid platform and should continue to do the job for many years to come. (I also think that newcomers will find the current v1.1 a little easier to understand.)

If you want to learn more about the differences between the two versions, see A Peek at the Coming AutoHotkey V2.0.

January 5, 2022

I’ve reintroduced the deep savings for my AutoHotkey Library Bundles.

December 17, 2021

I just updated to Windows 11. For those worried about AutoHotkey compatibility, my most used apps work fine.

October 16, 2021

ComputorEdge.com is now a secure site. Which—since I don’t collect any user information—doesn’t mean very much. When you access the site, you should no longer get warnings and the little lock icon should appear at the beginning of the URL/search field in your browser. If not, refreshing the page should load the secure version.

October 14, 2021

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I see that my provider has ported over ComputorEdge.com to a secure site. I need to do a number of things to update the site—especially the Free Apps page. I’m currently looking into it.

September 19, 2021

I’ve dropped the domain computoredgesoftwareshowcase.com as a blog site. I don’t have the time to invest in keeping it up anymore. For those interested in reviewing the content for historical purposes, I believe it may still be accessible at the original free site URL: https://computoredgesoftwareshowcase.wordpress.com/

Beginning on June 1, something changed in my bit of the AutoHotkey world. I’m not sure whether its just easier to pirate my books or the world is losing interest in AutoHotkey. In any case, a statistically improbable sharp drop-off in the number people purchasing my books forces me to evaluate my efforts.

I thank those many people who have recognized the value of my work and officially made them part of their AutoHotkey resources. I will continue to attempt to answer specific questions raised in the books and this blog. I plan to offer the books at the ComputorEdgeBooks.com (and this blog) until it is no longer economically feasible to maintain the shopping cart.

August 18, 2021

Using the FileSelectFolder command, “Using FileSelectFolder for Windows File Explorer AutoHotkey Menus.”

July 23, 2021

As difficult as I tried to make it, it turned out simple, “Adding Folders and Files from Windows to AutoHotkey Menus.”

July 12, 2021

Basic QuickLinks: “Barebones AutoHotkey QuickLinks App.”

June 21, 2021

Remove computer code from text “Strip HTML Tags from Text (AutoHotkey Quick Tip).”

June 8, 2021

Alternative Web Page HTML Download Techniques (AutoHotkey Tip)

May 31, 2021

Problem solved with OpenStreetMap.org: “Switched IPFind.ahk to OpenStreetMap.org for Reliable AutoHotkey GUI Map Embedding

May 26, 2021

Quite a coincidence, but Google has completely disabled iFrame embedding of its maps just after I published my last blog. Not a problem. I merely returned to using OpenStreetMap.org in my IPFindMap.ahk script. The iFrame technique should continued to work for other non-Google sites which offer iFrame content embedding.

May 24, 2021

Now, the next step, “Embedding Google Maps in the IPFind.ahk GUI (AutoHotkey Web Trick).”

May 17, 2021

Embed Google Maps in an AutoHotkey GUI (No API Required!).”

May 10, 2021

Add a map to your GUIs,”Use ActiveX Control to Embed World Maps in AutoHotkey GUI.”

May 4, 2021

The start of a new exploration, “Build a Barebones Web Browser Using the AutoHotkey ActiveX GUI Control.”

April 26, 2021

GUI Web links plus a couple of other tricks, “Adding Web Links to the AutoHotkey IPFind.ahk Script.”

April 19, 2021

More examples of how to calculate traditional measurement systems, “Working with Classic Units of Measurements (AutoHotkey Tricks).”

April 12, 2021

Here’s a neat AutoHotkey trick worth exploring, “Fake Math Tricks Using the Floor() and Mod() Functions (AutoHotkey Tips).”

April 5, 2021

Determine and future or past day on the calendar with “Calculating Dates in AutoHotkey by Adding Years, Months, and/or Days.”

March 29, 2021

A variation of the HowLongYearsMonthsDays.ahk script eliminating the GUI and multiple selections, “Using Parts to Build a New AutoHotkey Script (HowLongInstant.ahk).”

March 22, 2021

Another useful Regular Expressions (RegEx) technique, “Extracting Multiple Dates from Text Using AutoHotkey RegEx.”

March 15, 2021

Visit past blogs, “Working with AutoHotkey Date Formats and Timespan Calculations.”

March 8, 2021

Script running slow? Check out these AutoHotkey Speed Tips.

March 1, 2021

I’ve added a new menu item to the “Topics and Series” menu bar category located at the top right of this page (“Sending E-Mail and AutoHotkey“).

February 22, 2021

The astrology page for horoscopes change. I fixed it with “Adapting Web Scraping Routines to Changing Web Pages (AutoHotkey Tip).”


February 15, 2021

Posted another series page. This time “Finalizing an AutoHotkey Script.”

February 8, 2021

I’ve started putting together pages listing blogs with a common thread, “Finding Tips at Jack’s AutoHotkey Blogs.”

February 1, 2021

Turn Web Addresses into Hotlinks for the AHK File Peek Window (AutoHotkey Tip).”

January 25, 2021

A Trick for Creating a New Hotkey from a Subroutine (AutoHotkey Quick Tip).”


January 18, 2021

Regular Expressions (RegEx) for Mining Text in Files (AutoHotkey Startup Control).”

January 11, 2021

Peeking at Notes Inside Auto-Startup AHK Script Files (AutoHotkey Startup Control).”

January 4, 2021

Add Submenus to the Auto-Startup Menu to Increase Options (AutoHotkey Startup Control).”

December 28, 2020

Build an icon right-click menu, “Adding Startup Folder Shortcuts to a System Tray Menu (AutoHotkey Startup Control).”

December 21, 2020

Reading the Startup folder, “Collecting File Information from Windows Folders Using AutoHotkey.”

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