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Hi There!

I am looking for a free or cheap SIMPLE to use Keyboard HotKey Macro Utility.

Basically I want something that I can say.. New Shortcut, hit a key combination, have it recognize the keys I have pressed and allow me to pick from a list of activies like paste text, or open url, or open application, and then from that point onward monitor for that keypress and do that actiivity.

I have seen autohotkey which seems popular, but seems fiddly and overcomplicated.

I also want something that will recogize the extended buttons on my MS Keyboard, like the Win 7 1-5 keys etc so I can assign tasks to those.

It would be NICE but not essential if it could also monitor text so that if I type HMADD# it will expand my home address or something.

Small Cheap and Simple please.
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by:ashraf882
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You can use ClipX for copy, paste. It is a nice utility - http://bluemars.org/clipx/

and Launcher for key shortcut- http://www.launchy.net/index.html
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by:Alan Henderson
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PhraseExpress is excellent. Free for home use.
http://www.phraseexpress.com/

Although Autohotkey takes some effort to learn, it's very powerful once mastered.

:)
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by:networkn
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ashraf: thanks neither of those is exactly what I want. I want to be able to assign activities to the keys on my keyboard, or keyboard combinations.

Vallis: I acknowledge it is very powerful, I am just too busy to learn that right now. PhraseExpress seems to do MOST of what I want, but doesn't seem to cater for the extended keys on the keyboard as shortcuts. Also at the risk of sounding cheap, $49 for commercial use (I'll use it for both) isn't that cheap :)

Any other choices?
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by:Alan Henderson
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ActiveWords and Texter are two others, but I haven't tried them.
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by:networkn
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Hi There!

Texter is ok looking, though not exactly what I want since I can't assign hotkeys. I am so surprised that MS Keyboard application doesn't allow you to pick an action. Either the default action or launch application. I wonder if Logitech's products software does it.
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by:senad
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by:senad
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There you have a nice tutorial too ....
http://www.autohotkey.com/docs/Tutorial.htm
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by:pbolintx
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Theres a program called Keytext that I have used before.  Now, its not going to give you a list of actions that you can pick from, you're going to have to tell it what to do, but you might find it simpler than autohotkey, and you can try it for free.

www.keytext.com

If you search the autohotkey forums though, you can probably find a "macro recording" application for it though that will record the keystrokes etc for any particular macro you wanted to create, so you might check that out as well.
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None of the free utilities did what I wanted, other than autohotkey which I said initally I wasn't interested in using. I have bit the bullet and bought comfort software's utilities.

Not sure how best to close this question.
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