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ComputorEdge Online is no longer publishing as a weekly magazine, however the back issues may be found in the ComputorEdge Archive as PDF files from January of 2009 and EPUB or MOBI e-reader files from April 22, 2011.
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July 11, 2016 Note: The Dropbox Download site is down again. Fortunately, we no longer rely upon it. Please, go to the AutoHotkey Apps Page for all the current downloads.

Free AutoHotkey Downloads




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ComputorEdge Online is now dedicated to the Free Windows Scripting Language AutoHotkey, which should be a part of every Windows user's computing. It is the single most powerful and flexible tool for anyone who regularly uses Windows computers. Not only does it quickly and easily add valuable features to all of your Windows programs, but it keeps your brain nimble as you create and build new innovative ways to make your life simpler.

If you've ever considered learning more about computers or developing programming skills, then there is no easier way to get started than AutoHotkey. For example, using only one line in a Notepad file, you can instantly add a shortcut for entering your e-mail address anywhere. (See this introductory page!)

"While it's simple to get started, AutoHotkey has the power to write full-blown apps, such as those shown on our AutoHotkey Apps page. What starts with a few simple Hotkeys and Hotstrings soon expands into an addiction—at least it has for me."

    —Jack Dunning

See These Dedicated ComputorEdge AutoHotkey Pages

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For Getting Started with AutoHotkey


• Introduction to AutoHotkey: A Review and Guide for Beginners
For those wondering if AutoHotkey is right for them, this beginning AutoHotkey page gives an overview of the free Windows scripting language with examples of how it can help any Windows user.

• AutoHotkey Versus AutoIt: "A Comparison and Review of the Free Windows Scripting Languages"
Not sure which free Windows scripting language (AutoIt or its offspring AutoHotkey) suits you best? They each have their own advantages. Check out this side-by-side review of capabilities.

• Installing AutoHotkey and Writing Your First Script
Ready to get started with AutoHotkey? Here is a quick start tutorial to get you up and running within minutes.

• "What the Various Built-in AutoHotkey Graphic Pop-up Windows Look Like!"
While the online AutoHotkey documentation tells you everything you need to know about the AutoHotkey Graphic User Interface (GUI) window controls (pop-up Images), it doesn't show how they look. take a glance at what they look like and how to use them. This introductory page may spark some ideas.

ComputorEdge AutoHotkey E-Books
• AutoHotkey Books

Books include:




Free AutoHotkey Scripts


• Free AutoHotkey Scripts and Apps for Learning and Generating Ideas
We've accumulated a number of AutoHotkey scripts which demonstrate the various features of the free Windows utility language. Described on this page, downloads are offered for each one free.

Add AutoCorrection to All Your Windows PC Programs with AutoHotkey
Unlike most AutoCorrect features, the AutoHotkey AutoCorrect app works in any Windows program or Web page editing field. Easy to modify and tailor to your needs, this universal script offers many must-have tools to every Windows user.

AutoHotkey Appointment Reminder App How-to
This page specifically addresses the Reminder app written in AutoHotkey code. Its iterations demonstrates a number of different capabilities.

AutoHotkey QuickLinks Menu App
Jack uses this AutoHotkey QuickLinks script on a regular basis. He no longer needs to search for favorite Web sites or needed programs. A click of the first special mouse button (XButton1) pops up the menu which directly lauches his most used sites and apps.

• ComputorEdge AutoHotkey Download Page
Since Dropbox has become so unreliable as a download page, the AutoHotkey Apps Page does double duty as the download page.
AutoHotkey Tricks
Free AutoHotkey
E-Book!

How AutoHotkey Works


• How AutoHotkey Processes a Script
Debuggng scripts often requires an understanding of how AutoHotkey processes a file. Sometimes simply moving code to the proper location in a script fixes the problem. This page (plus the series Beginner’s Guide to How AutoHotkey Scripts Work found at Jack's AutoHotkey Blog) offers indepth discussion about how AutoHotkey does things.

• Introduction to Regular Expressions (RegEx) in AutoHotkey (More advanced topic)
Regular Expressions (RegEx) offer power and flexibility to your scripts, but may give you a brain sprain. This introduction may help you decide whether or not to add RegEx to your AutoHotkey toolbelt.

Other Topics


Best Free Windows Utility Software
In addition to AutoHotkey (Jack's favorite), there are a number of other free Windows programs which will make your computing life easier. Check these out!

Free Software for Reading E-Books on Your Computer
Reading e-books on your computer or other device has never been easier. If you don't already own a free eReader, then take a look at these programs.

How to Download and Read Free E-books
No internet connection required when using e-books. Plus, many free offerings can be found. Learn more about how to read e-books with your computer or other device.

Kindle Fire Versus the Apple iPad
While the Amazon Kindle uses a special format, the Kindle Fire can be used with most e-book formats. See this review for a comparison between the Kindle Fire and Apple iPad.

Jack's AutoHotkey Blog

Jack's AutoHotkey BlogMy obsession with AutoHotkey has me writing a regular blog (at least once or twice a week). I'm now working with a WordPress blogging site to continue my AutoHotkey work. The best part is that WordPress is free and easy to use. I spend my time digging into the details of various aspects of AutoHotkey script writing.

I've already explored the expanding topic of "Beginning Hotstring Techniques" and am currently working through a series on the alternative ways to work with Hotkeys. I added a couple more useful AutoHotkey Regular Expression (RegEx) examples (with more planned to expand on the book A Beginner's Guide to Using Regular Expressions in AutoHotkey), and will continue wherever the varied paths take me.

While I'm doing a series of blogs on AutoHotkey topics, if there is something that you want to see, then either leave a comment on the blog or drop me a line at this special e-mail address. I will do my best to answer as promptly as possible.
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ComputorEdge Online is an AutoHotkey site exploring the use of the free open source scripting language in all versions of Windows. The goal of ComputorEdge is to help new AutoHotkey users to develop scripts for their Windows computers which will enhance their Windows experience and make them more productive.

If you have Windows computers and don't use AutoHotkey, you should. It's not that hard and offers tremendous benefits. Plus, it's free.

A Blog for Everything Else


I've also started a different blog for everything non-AutoHotkey at BlogSpot (or Blogger). This serves my desire to talk about my other important thoughts. For the two people out there who are curious about what else I have to say, but don't want to be innudated with AutoHotkey, this is the place to go. While I won't have the pressure of weekly deadlines, I will be making regular contributions. If there is a particular topic you would like me to investigate, please leave a comment on the blog or use the special e-mail address.

From Wally Wang:


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Free Software
Best Free Windows Utility Software Review

AutoHotkey Books from ComputorEdge E-Books


AutoHotkey Tricks You Ought To Do With Windows! This e-book includes both many tips and the reference material (Table of Contents and indexes) from the other five AutoHotkey books. Now in its third edition and Free! How to get it free!

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The third edition with more chapters, tips and an index to the AutoHotkey commands found in the book is available in e-book format from Amazon (and other formats—EPUB and PDF— at the ComputorEdgeBooks Web site linked below). Jack's A Beginner's Guide to AutoHotkey, Absolutely the Best Free Windows Utility Software Ever!: Create Power Tools for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (preferred, EPUB format for iPad, Android, and computers; MOBI for Amazon Kindle; and PDF for printing) offers a gentle approach to learning AutoHotkey. (Also available from Amazon for the Kindle and Kindle software on other devices.)

Building Power Tools for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, AutoHotkey is the most powerful, flexible, free Windows utility software available. Anyone can instantly add more of the functions that they want in all of their Windows programs, whether installed on their computer or while working on the Web. AutoHotkey has a universality not found in any other Windows utility—free or paid.

Originally based upon the series of articles in ComputorEdge, Jack takes you through his learning experience as he explores writing simple AutoHotkey scripts for adding repetitive text in any program or on the Web, running programs with special hotkeys or gadgets, manipulating the size and screen location of windows, making any window always-on-top, copying and moving files, and much more. Each chapter builds on the previous chapters.

For an EPUB (iPad, NOOK, etc.) version of A Beginner's Guide to AutoHotkey click here!

For a PDF version for printing on letter size paper for inclusion in a standard notebook of A Beginner's Guide to AutoHotkey click here!

(Get the Spanish language version of A Beginner’s Guide to AutoHotkey—Guía Básica de AutoHotkey—from Amazon.)
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Jack's second AutoHotkey book, Digging Deeper Into AutoHotkey (preferred, EPUB format for iPad, Android, and computers; MOBI for Amazon Kindle; and PDF for printing) is comprised of updated, reorganized and indexed columns from ComputorEdge is now available. Since the columns were not all written in a linear fashion, the book has been reorganized and broken up into parts by topic. The book is not for the complete beginner since it builds on the information in A Beginner's Guide to AutoHotkey. However, if a person is reasonably computer literate, they could go directly to this book for ideas and techniques without the first book. (Also available from Amazon for the Kindle and Kindle software on other devices.)

For an EPUB (iPad, NOOK, etc.) version of Digging Deeper into AutoHotkey click here!

For a PDF version for printing on letter size paper for inclusion in a standard notebook of Digging Deeper into AutoHotkey click here!

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AutoHotkey ApplicationsJack's third AutoHotkey book AutoHotkey Applications (preferred, EPUB format for iPad, Android, and computers; MOBI for Amazon Kindle; and PDF for printing) is an intermediate level book of ideas and applications based primarily on the AutoHotkey GUI command. The book emphasizes practical applications. The book is not for the complete beginner since it builds on the information in the other two books. However, if a person is reasonably computer literate, they could go directly to this book for ideas and techniques without the other books. There is an extensive index to the ideas and techniques covered in the back of the book. (Also available from Amazon for the Kindle and Kindle software on other devices.)

For an EPUB (iPad, NOOK, etc.) version of AutoHotkey Applications click here!

For a PDF version for printing on letter size paper for inclusion in a standard notebook of AutoHotkey Applications click here!

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As a convenience for people who don’t want to dig through the Web for individual tips, but would like to learn some cool AutoHotkey Hotstring tricks, the e-book Beginning AutoHotkey Hotstrings is now available on the ComputorEdge E-Books site and through Amazon. If e-books are not your thing, then it might be worth your time to peruse some of the blogs included in this book and linked at “Beginning AutoHotkey Hotstring Techniques” found under the “AutoHotkey Topics and Series” tab in the top menu bar. They just might inspire your next AutoHotkey script.

Beginning Hotstrings explores the potential of the basic AutoHotkey Hotstring option and how they can aid anyone who uses word processors, text editors, or Web input fields on Windows computers. It's surprising how this one small area of AutoHotkey can add power to your computer through Hotstring menus and the enigmatic Input commmand.

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RegEx AutoHotkeyThis Beginner's Guide to Using Regular Expressions in AutoHotkey is not a beginning level AutoHotkey book, but an introduction to using Regular Expressions in AutoHotkey (or most other programming languages). To get the most from this book you should already have a basic understanding of AutoHotkey (or another programming language). Regular Expressions (RegEx) are a powerful way to search and alter documents without the limitations of most of the standard matching functions. At first, the use of RegEx can be confusing and mysterious. This book clears up the confusion with easy analogies for understanding how RegEx works and examples of practical AutoHotkey applications. "Regular Expressions in AutoHotkey" will take you to the next level in AutoHotkey scripting while adding more flexibility and power to your Windows apps. (This book is also available at Amazon.com)


Jack was the publisher of ComputorEdge Magazine. He's been was with the magazine since first issue on May 16, 1983. Back then, it was called The Byte Buyer. His Web site is www.computoredge.com. He can be reached at . E-books currently available:

AutoHotkey introductory and overview book, AutoHotkey Tricks You Ought to Do with Window, available at ComputorEdge E-Books in the EPUB for e-readers and tablets, MOBI for Kindle, and PDF for printing formats.

Hidden Windows Tools for Protecting, Problem Solving and Troubleshooting Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Computers.

Jack's
A Beginner's Guide to AutoHotkey, Absolutely the Best Free Windows Utility Software Ever!: Create Power Tools for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 and Digging Deeper Into AutoHotkey.

Our second compilation of stupid
ComputorEdge cartoons from 2011 and 2012 is now available at Amazon! That Does Not Compute, Too! ComputorEdge Cartoons, Volume II: "Do You Like Windows 8 or Would You Prefer an Apple?"

Misunderstanding Windows 8: An Introduction, Orientation, and How-to for Windows 8 (Seventh Edition)!

Windows 7 Secrets Four-in-One E-Book Bundle,
Getting Started with Windows 7: An Introduction, Orientation, and How-to for Using Windows 7,
Sticking with Windows XP—or Not? Why You Should or Why You Should Not Upgrade to Windows 7,
and That Does Not Compute!, brilliantly drawn cartoons by Jim Whiting for really stupid gags by Jack about computers and the people who use them.



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