Creating Your Own Macros

I like being productive. To me, it’s honestly one of the most satisfying feelings that I can describe. Although, I don’t know if you feel the same way about productivity as I do. Keyboard shortcuts (also known as macros) are one of the many ways that I can make myself more productive. It may sound a little crazy, but if a macro can save me as little as 2 seconds every time that I use it, I would gladly spend the 5 minutes that it takes to create it. A couple of weeks ago, I made a .pdf file that contained all of the macros that are available by default on Windows computers. You can see that post here.

Today, I will be showing you my favorite program for creating your very own customizable macros. A word of caution however, if you do not enjoy the thought of having to program something yourself, then this may not end up being very enjoyable.

The program that I use for my macros is called Auto Hotkey (AHK). AHK is a 100% free program that can create macros and it can even detect what you are typing. For example, I could create a macro that sends an email with a preset message with one keystroke. Another example, if I were to type the letters “btw” I could make a small program that expands those three letters to “by the way” without even having to press a button. Pretty cool isn’t it?

A screenshot of the window that opens when you use Auto Hotkey

A screenshot of the window that opens when you use Auto Hotkey

How do you obtain this software? Just click here to download the program. Install it after you have downloaded it. Unfortunately, I can’t describe all the functions of this program, or how to use it during this blog post; that may be for another time.

I strongly encourage anyone that reads this post to at least give this program a chance. It may seem daunting at first, but there are many online tutorials that can teach you how to use AHK.

~Griffin Brautigam, Technical Intern