Many of you are probably already familiar with AutoHotKey. This small and free utility lets you automate tasks and make your PC work exactly the way you want it to. The program is driven by a custom scripting language that's easy to understand -- even for someone with little or no programming experience.

For example, you can assign a hotkey to launch any application you use regularly, or just switch to it if it is already running; assign abbreviations that expand as you type them; save time on repetitive tasks by setting the computer to auto-click a confirmation screen; or make the 'Scroll Lock' and Pause/Break keys do something useful for a change. The best part is that scripts can be compiled into an executable file and run on computers that don't have AutoHotkey installed.

Today we'll be looking at three simple time-saving scripts that can make your life easier and more productive.

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