Sometimes We Want Single-key Hotkeys to Work Only for Short Periods of Time
The press of a single key provides the easiest method for inserting data into an edit field or document. In AutoHotkey, you can activate any key as that quick action single-key with either a Hotkey or Hotstring. However, in the normal course of work, that technique renders that keyboard action useless for anything else. To get the convenience of one-key instant activation, we must activate that Hotkey when needed—only in specific circumstances and for short periods of time.
AutoHotkey offers a number of different methods for accomplishing this instant key action. Which we choose depends upon what we want to do. In this blog, I look at three different methods:
- Use the Hotkey command to temporarily turn Hotkeys on then off again.
- Use the #If directive to designate conditional Hotkeys.
- Temporarily pause the script after Hotkey activation, then deactivate Hotkeys upon resuming.
While each temporary Hotkey works in a similar manner—activating only when needed—each has its advantages and disadvantages.
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