I love finding little shortcuts to help me get things done. Sometimes it's through automation of processes I do occasionally and sometimes its through speeding up something smaller that I need to do frequently. In this post I want to share something that definitely falls into the latter category. Duplicating files in Windows Explorer.
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When you think of productivity I'm guessing that for most people the first word that springs to mind probably isn't "lazy", but for me it's been like that from the start. It's my mind-set.
If you work with computer aided presentations on Windows, then you probably know PowerPoint has options to show blank screens. Pressing "B" will give you a black screen and "W" will give you a white screen. These are useful options when you want to focus people's attention on what you're saying and away from any slides you might have up. For example if you need to discuss a point for which you don't have a slide or if you want to tease something.
But have you ever considered situations where you are doing something other than a presentation application aided presentation? For example an application demonstration, working though a document, etc. Wouldn't it be great if you could blank your screen on these occasions too? Or maybe you want to blank the screen with a different colour. Well that's what I wanted to be able to do so I put together something to do it.
I take a lot of screen shots in my work. They are invaluable in recording issues and producing software instructions and the like. To assist me with taking and saving screen shots I use Greenshot. I have it configured to not only copy the screen shot to the Windows clipboard, but also to save the screen shot to a specific directory.
In my work I regularly have need to take screen shots and to make the process of taking screen shots easier I use the open source utility Greenshot. I have Greenshot configured to not only copy the screen shot to the Windows clipboard, but also to save it to a screen shots directory.
This configuration lets me cover the majority of my use cases, however one thing I find myself needing to do regularly is to share a screen shot with a colleague. This involves copying the (latest) screen shot to a shared folder and putting the file path to the file in a chat window. In order to speed up this process I created an AutoHotKey script to help me.
I spend a fair bit of my time checking the results of automated jobs over the course of a few days for different clients. As a result I frequently ended up creating temporary folders for several days in a row and naming them with the current date. After a few weeks the penny dropped and I decided to automate the process a little.
I'm a big fan of AutoHotKey a great scriptable automation tool for Windows and I use it for a number of things. One of these is to quickly access favourite files and folders.
A little while back I was scanning through some questions on Quora when I spotted one relating to Evernote that I thought I could help with. The question was "Is there a shortcut to copy the note URL in Evernote"....
So this post is just a quick tip for anyone getting started with AutoHotKey. Whilst editing an AHK script, you probably often find you need to reload the script into AutoHotKey. Whilst this is available from the application icon in the notification area, it seems ludicrous to have to do for an application called AutoHotKey - why not trigger a reload with a key press? Well the answer's in the help file...
When I'm working on Windows one of the applications I really miss from the Mac is TextExpander. I'm not the world's greatest typist and being able to auto correct words I commonly mistype (I can spell by the way - it's just typing I have issues with) as well as being able to quickly enter common phrases (a.k.a. boiler plate text) is a real boon for me. Fortunately I came upon AutoHotKey - a fantastic free utility that is capable of creating these text based replacements. I've been using it for a while now and it occurred to me I haven't actually shared any of the things I do with it. That's about to change…