Batch file renamers, photo organisers and other automation tools have saved people countless hours. Despite the all the tasks that are automated, you still run into terribly tedious ones that aren’t. Create custom AutoHotkey scripts to breeze through tedious tasks.
Computer tips and tricks blog How-To Geek was sick of wasting time with tedious and repetitive tasks, including dealing with a stubborn email client that lacked a “select all” function.
I was trying to go through and clean out a bunch of incorrect broadcast messages in our email newsletter account, when I realised that their interface required me to manually click the Delete button and then confirm it on every single message—we’re talking about 300 incorrect messages that needed to be deleted. To make matters worse, the interface is extremely slow, which means I would have spent a good 30-40 minutes just clicking and making my carpal tunnel even worse.
The solution? They wrote a quick and simple AutoHotkey script that mimicked a user sitting at the computer and hand-deleting each unwanted email. Check out the full guide at the link below to learn how to create your own automated AutoHotkey helper. Don’t be put off by the idea of scripting if you’ve never programmed or scripted before, AutoHotkey is easy to work with and their guide is easy to follow. If you’re looking for a primer on AutoHotkey, take a look at our guide to turning any action into a keyboard shortcut with AHK.
Have a favourite script or other tool for automating tedious processes on your computer? Let’s hear about it in the comments.