Howto: Windows Hot Key – AutoHotKey

I was looking for something that would give me hotkeys to control iTunes on Windows XP at work.

When I step away from my desk I like to pause my music when I lock it. Also, I dislike having to navigate to iTunes to change the song or adjust the iTunes volume.

I found AutoHotKey which has a scripting language, active forum and licensed under GPL.

So I have Windows Key + space bar bound to play/pause and the arrow keys mapped just like they are in iTunes. I also have Windows Key + G mapped to Google and Windows Key + N mapped to my notes.txt file for quick ideas.

This script isn’t perfect, it just maps the key presses into iTunes, so it is possible to be moving the cursor through playlists rather then changing the volume. There are more complicated scripts for iTunes control, but this works well for me for now.

I took this from the AutoHotKey forums, thanks to the original author:

Update:

I added another hotkey to check to see if Firefox is open (if not, it opens it) and then create a new empty tab:

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