SQLDave

Kindergarten-level help needed...

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#1 ·  Posted

Quick background: I was recently forced to switch from AutoHotKey to AutoIT. After an initial once-over, it looks like the coding/scripting in AutoIT is more robust and intuitive, so I'm actually looking forward to it. I'm a 35-year IT veteran, mostly in development areas, so the coding/scripting arena is no big deal. 

What I can't yet seem to grasp is... how to "start". Specifically, how to replicate the setup I had in AutoHotKey: I had an AHK script file of hotkey definitions. That file would run at Windows startup, so that no matter what app I was in, if I needed to "type" a given string, I simply hit the hotkey as defined in that script. ("F11" is my user ID because our apps have very short timeouts so I am constantly having to re-enter it).

Simple, right? Well, if someone can fill in the missing info for me, I'll be glad to accept a figurative dope-slap (I might even administer it to myself). (HotKeySet() seems to be a key player in what I want to do, but that's as far as I've gotten)

 

Thanks!

 

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#2 ·  Posted

SQLDave,

Welcome to the AutoIt forum.

You are correct that HotKeySet is what you need, so something like this should work:

; Set the HotKeys
HotKeySet("{F11}", "_MyID") ; You need to assign a function to the HotKey
HotKeySet("{ESC}", "_Exit") ; You need some way to get out!

; Now run an infinite loop to keep the script alive
While 1
    Sleep(10) ; Needed to stop the script from frying the CPU
WEnd

Func _MyID()
    Send("my user ID") ; This will be entered at the cursor position
EndFunc

Func _Exit()
    Exit
EndFunc

As to moving over to AutoIt (why did you have to change anyway?), reading the Help file (at least the first few sections - Using AutoIt, Tutorials and the first couple of References) will help you enormously.  You should also look at this excellent tutorial - you will find other tutorials in the Wiki (the link is at the top of the page).

Have fun - you know where we are if you need help.

M23

 

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#3 ·  Posted

Melba (love your toast, by the way),

Thanks for the quick response. I was "afraid" that might be your answer. So, basically, my computer is going to be running that infinite loop all the time? That seems.... I dunno... messy... primitive... not sure what word to use.  The example I saw in the Help area use Sleep(100), but I guess it depends on how responsive I need AutoIT to be , maybe?

I had to abandon AutoHotKey due to corporate rules, and AutoIT was the "approved" macro application.

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#4 ·  Posted

SQLDave,

Surely AHK must use a similar ploy to keep a script alive? For interest, I have several AutoIt scripts which run permanently using a Sleep(10) loop and my machine does not seem unduly slowed.

And are you referring to my Toast UDF or just joking?

M23


Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind._______My UDFs:

Spoiler

ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area

 

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#5 ·  Posted (edited)

I think he meant this. It's some pretty good toast lol

Edited by InunoTaishou
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#6 ·  Posted

@Melba23 - maybe time to rename that UDF.  May I suggest "MelbaToast,au3"?    I have seen your Toast.udf a million times - but all those potential sound bytes were hiding in plain sight.  I apologize if that is only amusing to me ... on cold meds at the moment.   

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#7 ·  Posted (edited)

This is indeed "an interesting" convergence coincidence..
But you know what ? 
As so far I have never seen Melba Snacks.au3 UDF ;)

 

Edited by mLipok

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