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?
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