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burque505
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InstantHotstring

01 Apr 2018, 19:17

I like the idea of Jack Dunning's InstantHotkey but I much prefer hotstrings, which I can remember, to hotkeys, which I often can't.
Thus this script. Feedback appreciated, of course.
Load it several times if you need several instant hotstrings.
Note: If you don't enter a hotstring, but do enter a replacement, it's just going to exit without warning (at least in this incarnation).
Edit April 2, 2018. Doesn't exit if you don't enter a hotstring, shows a message and returns to the GUI when you click OK. Now uses clipboard instead of SendRaw.
Edit April 4, 2018. Does require AHK v1.1.28.00+ to be able to run (thanks, derz00)!
Edit April 13, 2018. Changed 'OldClip = Clipboard' to OldClip = %Clipboard%. Yikes...
MAJOR BUG: At present, the hotstrings WILL NOT display '#'. Still looking for a fix 4-13-18
Added :R*: to send hotstring raw.

EDIT: New version April 13, 2018. Now uses clipboard in the proper place, by using NewText := Hotstring(":X*R:"Hstring, "TextAdd").
The label TextAdd now (properly) sends the replacement string via the clipboard. Huge speed increase with large replacement texts.

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Regards,
burque505
Last edited by burque505 on 13 Apr 2018, 20:45, edited 7 times in total.
arochon
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Re: InstantHotstring

04 Apr 2018, 09:05

copied your code and pasted to an ahk file, having issues running it

error: call to nonexistent function

specifically "hotstring(reset)"

line 035
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derz00
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Re: InstantHotstring

04 Apr 2018, 09:38

check the required version noted in the second line/comment. This script uses a recent new feature--you need the latest version.
try it and see
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burque505
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Re: InstantHotstring

04 Apr 2018, 10:16

Thanks, derz00, updated OP so people will know they need v1.1.28.00+ before copying the script.
Draygoes
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Re: InstantHotstring

04 Apr 2018, 20:39

This is a nice tool. Any chance you could get it to output to an ahk file so that the set keys can be saved?
P.S. I am very new to AHK. Loving the simplicity.
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gregster
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Re: InstantHotstring

04 Apr 2018, 20:49

Draygoes wrote:This is a nice tool. Any chance you could get it to output to an ahk file so that the set keys can be saved?
P.S. I am very new to AHK. Loving the simplicity.

I always thought, the simplicity of :*:ftw::Free the whales (no ending character needed, like in the script above) is already pretty high.
Draygoes
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Re: InstantHotstring

04 Apr 2018, 21:39

So that is what the script is using? I was thinking that it was exporting as functions because it does not require you to press the space bar to auto replace as ::lol::laugh out loud does.
Draygoes
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Re: InstantHotstring

04 Apr 2018, 21:45

Ok, so I just tested it. Sorry, I had no idea that the above was the difference.
Thank you for your reply.
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gregster
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Re: InstantHotstring

04 Apr 2018, 22:01

burque505's script above uses the new Hotstring() function to create a hotstring on the fly, but I think the specific use case for this script is mainly to create temporary hotstrings that I don't want to keep after finishing a specific task. Otherwise, if I wanted to keep a hotstring, I would just use the normal hotstring syntax like shown above and add it directly to a script.

But it would surely be possible to add a hotstring ceated with this script to an ahk-file, for example via FileAppend (this would add it at the end, but that would be fine for a hotstring).

Edited to clarify
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Draygoes
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Re: InstantHotstring

04 Apr 2018, 22:52

Thanks for your response. The main thing that I wanted to do I have solved, but it probably would not hurt for others using the software if it appends all commands to the end of its own file, or even a new on that can be included at will. Seems like the next logical step to me.
Anyway, I digress. Great work on the program friend! :)
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gregster
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Re: InstantHotstring

04 Apr 2018, 23:03

Draygoes wrote:Great work on the program friend! :)
All credits go to burque505 and Jack Dunning for making these "Instant" scripts! ;) I also thank them!
(I was only commenting)
Draygoes
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Re: InstantHotstring

04 Apr 2018, 23:09

Ah, sorry. :oops:
Thanks to the creators of the script!
burque505
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Re: InstantHotstring

13 Apr 2018, 20:47

New version, code updated in OP. Fixed bugs relating to failure to send raw and failure to properly use clipboard.
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