Use AutoHotKey to create a daily folder27 Sep 2012
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.
Now I could have added a little scheduled task to create a folder each day, but honestly I don’t need to use it every day and I don’t really want to litter my hard drive with empty folders … though I guess I could also write something to clean those up. But why create it if you don’t need it?
I opted instead to write a little AutoHotKey script to create the folder if it doesn’t exist and then open it in explorer. So by assigning the script to a hot key combination (Windows + T was my preference) I can then create and open the folder or just open it if it already exists.
It’s pretty straight forward in how it works and the script is commented
- just make sure you set the
strTempDirvariable to be the directory in which you want to create your daily directory. In the script below I’m creating it in
;WIN+T #T:: ;Set the directory in which you want to create your new day's directory strTempDir = c:\temp ;Create a directory path based on today's date stamp in the directory specified above strTempPath = %strTempDir%\%A_YYYY%-%A_MM%-%A_DD% ;Create the directories in the path (will do nothing if they exist already) FileCreateDir, %strTempPath% ;Open an explorer window at the directory Run, explorer /e`,%strTempPath%,, UseErrorLevel return