People ask me all the time –
What is one piece of software that I can’t do without…
In addition to things like Camtasia – for recording screen videos, Dreamweaver for formatting HTML and Skype etc.
there is one piece of software that really stands out for me
I use it every day.
Tens of times…. In fact…. Hundreds of times.
It is called Auto Hot Key and it’s free. (windows only…. sorry Gang. I am sure there is a MAC equivalent out there somewhere)
I type the same things all the time.
Passwords, Gmail address, My websites, My Logins – Everything.
and the Hot Key System is amazing… (and free!!)
and once you get it setup – it is the most time saving system you will ever come across.
Watch as I set this up…
There is in depth tutorials – which are awesome.
but I use it for JUST one of the many things it CAN do.
I use it to store the shortcuts.
and the file structure is like this
:*:zzlet::let me know if you have any troubles.
So – you start with :*:
type in your ‘trigger’ (mine is zz)
and type in your shortcut (goo – for google)
follow it with two colons ::
and then what you want the shortcut to do…
so – the scope is unlimited.
I write LONG replies to questions I get asked all the time…. and set them in my system.
Put in a shortcut – and click save.
On my keyboard.
typing zz followed by let
types this: let me know if you have any troubles.
Including the carriage returns and everything.
So the command on the file looks like this
:*:zzlet::let me know if you have any troubles.`nCheers.`nWalt
Where `n inserts the carriage return as I need it.
By far the MOST used piece of software I own.
And it’s free. So.. You gotta love that.
Anyway – I hope that helps.
(typed with a shortcut… of zz followed by hel)