Autohotkey Sync Across All Your Computers

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Being in the IT field, I use a lot of computers and also end up wiping my computers frequently so this tip is one I could not do without now. It combines the power of Dropbox with the automation of Autohotkey. It ensures that whatever I do in Autohotkey (which I use a lot for text expansion..and a few other things) is sync’d across all computers I use. Steps are below to get this solution running for you (assumes you have a dropbox account):

Step 1: Install Dropbox and Autohotkey. Might I suggest another timesaver, to do so.

Step 2: Create a folder called AHK in your Dropbox

Step 3: Use Notepad to create a blank script file called myscripts.ahk in your new AHK folder

Step 4: Run Autohotkey, right click on the H in your task tray and select “Edit this Script”

Step 5: Add this line into your default Autohotkey Script, it will “include” your dropbox script in the default script (Check the path for the correct name and location..yours may be different depending on where you keep your Dropbox folder):

#INCLUDE C:\Users\YOURNAME\Desktop\Dropbox\AHK\myscripts.ahk

Repeat Step 4 and 5 on any computer on which you are using AutoHotkey and your “MyScripts” file will be loaded for you…text expansion goodness anywhere.

Advanced note: My work computer has a user name of sheuchert and my home computer has a username of sean so to keep the script the same across all computers you can use the SYMLINK command to create virtual folders with the right name but which point to the right location depending on my computer.

Here is another reason I love Autohotkey:

Keyboard Shortcut to display file extensions:

And of course, typing this “Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board” by only typing this: “#pvnc” is golden.



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