Hotstrings from AutoHotKey are an amazing time saver! If you’re not using them now, stop what you’re doing because they are very easy to use and save you a lot of time on a daily basis!
You’ve probably used Microsoft Word’s autocorrect to replace misspellings or perhaps the Copyright sign ©. Imagine if, instead of replacing one word, you could replace three pre-defined letters with paragraphs of text! Simply one of the best ways to crank-up your productivity in a very short time!
Another video I did demonstrating the usefulness of Hotstrings can be seen here where I demonstrate how I use it with SPSS to crank-out reports.
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AutoCorrect’s “Replace text as you type” feature is great for fixing typos, but you can save much more time by creating AutoCorrect entries for text items that you …
HotStrings with AutoHotkey are a Text Expander that:
- Quickly get you to be more efficient
- Reduce likelihood of Carpal Tunnel
- Improve Accuracy/Reliability you use correct content
While HotStrings are very easy to add and use, I take a little different approach when the text I’m inserting is long (over a couple of lines). Using the Join command for long text can greatly help readability of your code as well as do some fun manipulation. Here is the code I work through in the below video
;~ https://autohotkey.com/docs/Scripts.htm#continuation ;scroll down after loading page
`s Space `r`n=CR+LF |=pipe
LTrim: Omits spaces and tabs at the beginning of each line
% (percent sign): Treats percent signs as literal rather than as variable reference
Comments Allows semicolon comments
, (comma): Treats commas as delimiters rather than as literal commas.
( Join`r Comment Ltrim
---- this is what I need to do to show on the totals -----
select distinct cm.EMAIL_ADDRESS Email,cm.UPLOADING_COUNTRY
from ods.em_camp_global_contact_master cm ;another comment
inner join ods_email.sp_engage_all_eventtype_master aa on (cm.EMAIL_ADDRESS=aa.EMAIL_address) ;join on email address
WHERE aa.event_timestamp > CURRENT_DATE - INTERVAL '1' MONTH --Date '2015-06-01'
And this Text Expander with AutoHotkey for HotStrings with Long Replacement Text
I believe HotStrings are one of the simplest & most productive tools you can use! In this AutoHotkey HotString tutorial Jackie Sztuk from JZApp.com and I walk through many uses and how easy they are to create, maintain, and use. There are some great tutorials on the AutoHotkey site as well as a small script that makes adding new HotStrings a breeze.
If you’d like to have a “spell check” running in every windows program, you can use this Autocorrect script.
Here is the AutoHotkey HotString tutorial Video