How to add custom Run command to Notepad++ for AutoHotkey and other programming/scripting languages

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In a recent question here at Experts Exchange, a member asked how to run an AutoHotkey script (.AHK) directly from Notepad++ (aka NPP). This video Micro Tutorial shows how to do it by adding a custom Run command to NPP. The method may easily be extended to any programming/scripting language that is callable via the command line with a parameter for the source code file name. A second example of this technique is included in the video for running a batch file (.BAT) in NPP.

Video Steps

1. Click the Run menu, then click the first item — Run...

After running NPP and performing the actions above, you will have this dialog:


2. Browse to the AutoHotkey executable

Click the ... button and navigate to AutoHotkey.exe, which is in C:\Program Files\AutoHotkey\ in a standard installation (but may, of course, be in a different folder on your system).


3. Add a parameter for the full path of the file in the current tab

You will now have this dialog box:

Go to the end of the AutoHotkey.exe file name in the box and add this (including the quote marks):


Be sure to make it all upper case.


4. Save the new Run command

Click the Save... button, which gives you this dialog:

Give the new, custom Run command a name (I chose AHK in the video) and assign it to a hotkey (if you wish) by ticking CTRL and/or ALT and/or SHIFT, then one of the keys in the drop-down. When you have an OK button that is not grayed out, click it, then click Cancel to close the dialog.

5. Repeat Steps 1-4 for other programming/scripting languages

The video shows how to do it for batch (BAT) files, namely:


You may, of course, do it for other programming/scripting languages.


6. Click the Run menu and view your new custom Run commands

After adding Run commands for AHK and BAT, the Run menu looks like this:


7. Load scripts and use your new custom Run commands

Now that you have the new custom Run commands, create, open, and/or edit scripts in tabs, then click the Run menu and select the appropriate Run command for the script, such as AHK or BAT. Alternatively, you may use the hotkey that you set for each one.


8. Getting started with AutoHotkey

If you ran across this Micro Tutorial and are not familiar with AutoHotkey, but would like to learn about it, this EE article is a good place to start:
AutoHotkey - Getting Started

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by:Kyle Santos
Nice.  I use AutoHotKeys and NotePad++ and they're great programs for what I do at my job.  Good video, Joe!
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by:Joe Winograd - EE Fellow & MVE
Hi Kyle,
Thanks for the compliment and the endorsement — both very much appreciated! Regards, Joe

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