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Global Action Buttons and Action Bars for Windows

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Hello,

Does anyone know of an application to create global Action Buttons (macro buttons) and Action Bars in Windows (2013)?

A while back, I spent a lot of time playing World of Warcraft. During that time, I came across a number of add-ons which enabled users to create their own user interface. As part of many of the add-ons was the ability to create custom Action Buttons to overlie the screen and act as customizable hotkeys (HotButtons) which by clicking, would launch any of a number of actions. The buttons had a number of great and very helpful features:

• user-defined size or dimensions
• arrange multiple buttons into action bars (or grids or columns)
• position buttons anywhere on the screen
• set to any level of transparency
• always on top but invisible until mouse-over
• insert customizable image or color
• insert text and position it inside the button
• and more

Now I'm hoping to find an application which has basically the same functionality but can be used globally (ie always on top of any app running in Windows).

Thanks
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Steve_Brady,

While I have my fair share of WoW time put in, I never really customized by commands.  I was a straight "clicker".  But from my previous searches I have come across a few applications that might fit your needs.

AutoHotKey is one.

Another one is an actual add-on for World of Warcraft.  I haven't used it, but have heard a few good things about it.

Macro Toolkit

Otherwise you may be stuck.  Blizzard has made it easier for modders to create more robust add-ons to WoW without making it easier for gold-farmers.  Hope one of these helps.

-Chris

*edit*
The AutoHotKey site seems to have changed a little.  If the above link does not work for you, try this one... AutoHotKey #2
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Christopher, thanks for the comments. I love AHK and I have several scripts running all the time. But I've never figured out a good way to attach a large number of scripts to a large number of GUI buttons without having it run pretty slowly — but I'll keep looking.  :)
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