AutoHotkey Hotkey Techniques

Investigating How Hotkeys Work

hotkeycover200Jack’s written a series of blogs exploring the use and power of AutoHotkey Hotkeys. For the convenience of readers, these blogs have been updated and combined with other original material in the e-book AutoHotkey Hotkey Techniques. Jack says:

“In the course of writing the individual blogs included in the book I experienced a number of personal epiphanies. A few ‘Best Practices’ slowly became obvious as I worked with particular commands. The power of #IfWin directives opened my eyes as I searched for practical applications for Hotkeys. The usefulness of Scan Codes versus Virtual keys became apparent once I understood how they work. Plus, the writing process sparked insight into how to make any AutoHotkey command more powerful with forced expressions (%) and the ternary operator.”

While the early chapters start at a beginning level, the book quickly builds to best practices and unique techniques for implementing Hotkeys on any Windows computer.

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New to AutoHotkey? See “Introduction to AutoHotkey: A Review and Guide for Beginners.”

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The following are the blogs included in the book:

Basic Hotkeys: The Gateway to AutoHotkey Script Writing Addiction (Beginning Hotkeys Part 1) (February 8, 2016)

Block Windows Shortcuts with AutoHotkey (Beginning Hotkeys Part 2) (February 14, 2016)

AutoHotkey #Directives for Context-Sensitive Hotkeys—#IfWinActive (Beginning Hotkeys Part 3) (February 22, 2016)

AutoHotkey GroupAdd Command Reduces Script Code (Beginning Hotkeys Part 4) (February 28, 2016)

Exploring the Hotkey Command in AutoHotkey (Beginning Hotkeys Part 5) (March 3, 2016)

Windows Volume Control Using Your Mouse Wheel and the AutoHotkey #If Directive (Beginning Hotkeys Part 6) (March 8, 2016)

Hotkeys for Deleting Words and Line Segments with AutoHotkey (Beginning Hotkeys Part 7) (March 11, 2016)

Toggling AutoHotkey Hotkeys On and Off (Beginning Hotkeys Part 8) (March 16, 2016)

AutoHotkey Windows Clipboard Techniques for Swapping Letters (Beginning Hotkeys Part 9) (March 23, 2016)

AutoHotkey StringSplit Command and ErrorLevel Tricks for Swapping Words (Beginning Hotkeys Part 10) (March 31, 2016)

AutoHotkey Tips for Mouse Click Hotkeys with Seldom Touched Keys (Beginning Hotkeys Part 11) (April 7, 2016)

Understanding AutoHotkey Keyboard Scan Codes and Virtual Key Codes (Beginning Hotkeys Part 12) (April 14, 2016)

AutoHotkey Scan Codes, Speech, Sound, and Splash Images in Children’s Apps (Beginning Hotkeys Part 13) (April 20, 2016)

When to Use Virtual Keys and Keyboard Scan Codes with AutoHotkey (Beginning Hotkeys Part 14) (April 29, 2016)

AutoHotkey Script for Precision Hotkey Mouse Movement in Windows Graphics Programs (Beginning Hotkeys Part 15) (May 5, 2016)

AutoHotkey Script for Precision Hotkey Mouse Movement in Windows Graphics Programs—Continued (Beginning Hotkeys Part 16) (May 13, 2016)

Force an Expression (%) in AutoHotkey for More Powerful Commands (Beginning Hotkeys Part 17) (May 17, 2016)

AutoHotkey Toggles and the Ternary Operator (Beginning Hotkeys Part 18) (May 27, 2016)

Tips for Smoothing Out AutoHotkey Scripts with #If, Tooltip, and Quick Release Hotkeys (Beginning Hotkeys Part 19) (June 23, 2016)

AutoHotkey Tips: Multiple Hotkeys and Using The Extra Mouse Buttons (February 3, 2016)