AutoHotKey is a free little program I recently discovered. The name is pretty self explanatory. For lack of motivation, I’m going to copy and paste from the website:

“AutoHotKey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can:

  • Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
  • Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.
  • Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing “btw” can automatically produce “by the way”.
  • Create custom data-entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars. See GUI for details.
  • Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
  • Respond to signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
  • Run existing AutoIt v2 scripts and enhance them with new capabilities.
  • Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don’t have AutoHotkey installed.”

Since I have made the jump over to Google Chrome, I find some things still need to be done in Firefox (DownThemAll!). I am using the following script to open the active Chrome webpage in Firefox:

#IfWinActive ahk_class Chrome_WindowImpl_0
^+f:: ;Ctrl+Shit+F
ControlGetText, URLbartxt, Chrome_AutocompleteEditView1
if URL <>
Run “C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” %URL%
It’s a pretty useful and versatile program I was unaware of.

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