Windows 10: Creating macros

  1.    12 May 2018 #1

    Creating macros


    I know macros are rarely used anymore, but I want to use macro to record and replay email address that I',m sick of typing. So, using small program named TINY TASK, I create the macro but don't know how to assign it to a key on keyboard (generic, as I just spilled coffee in my Microsoft Ergonomic 4000). TINY TASK records the macro, but then how do I make it play back in a form? It defeats the purpose of time saving if If I have to open Tiny Task again to play back the macro. Need to assign to a function key or hot key.
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       12 May 2018 #2

    There should be specific instructions to action the macro in the Tiny Task "Manual"

    However if you can save the macro as a file for actioning, you could create a regular shortcut to the macro file and then assign a key sequence in the properties of the shortcut, (this is an old and often forgotten feature of windows shortcuts that's been around since Windows 3.1 at least)
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  3.    12 May 2018 #3

    Barman58 said: View Post
    There should be specific instructions to action the macro in the Tiny Task "Manual"

    However if you can save the macro as a file for actioning, you could create a regular shortcut to the macro file and then assign a key sequence in the properties of the shortcut, (this is an old and often forgotten feature of windows shortcuts that's been around since Windows 3.1 at least)
    Hmm. Sounds interesting. How do you go about doing it. I mean the windows shortcut part.
    Thanks.
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  4.    12 May 2018 #4

    As you know that is usually set up by the keyboard vendor in their software. You might want to consider getting a new keyboard that allows macros just for the ease of it. A gaming keyboard is a very good choice. I myself use the logitech G510 keyboard and use about 3 - 5 macros....I set one up to use the degree symbol....comes in handy. Plus it (keyboard) has the best of both worlds IMO when it comes to the feel of the key....gives you that tactile feel that gamers love and the soft and quite fell of the rubber mounted caps like on laptops.
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       12 May 2018 #5

    To use the included feature in windows, create your macro and save it to be used later, (this should be listed in the macro software), next create a standard shortcut to work with the saved macro - Right click on desktop and new then shortcut, enter the code to run the macro in the Target box, and then click on the Shortcut Key box and press the CTRL and or Alt, and or Shift and a Letter key together to create an entry which will be assigned to start the macro when pressed- Repeat this for other macros as needed

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  6.    12 May 2018 #6

    Barman58 said: View Post
    To use the included feature in windows, create your macro and save it to be used later, (this should be listed in the macro software), next create a standard shortcut to work with the saved macro - Right click on desktop and new then shortcut, enter the code to run the macro in the Target box, and then click on the Shortcut Key box and press the CTRL and or Alt, and or Shift and a Letter key together to create an entry which will be assigned to start the macro when pressed- Repeat this for other macros as needed

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    Nice....I'll have to give this a try just to see.
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       12 May 2018 #7

    I have since had a look at the Tiny Task options and they seem not to support what is needed to complete the task at hand, as it is designed as a UI helper rather than a script language.

    You would be better off looking at a scripting option such as AutoIt https://www.autoitscript.com/site/autoit/ that is designed to work exqctly as needed with shortcut key starts, It's also possible to have AutoIt, create a pop-up menu to allow you to select the email addresses from a list when using a single key press, (a lot more advanced than needed perhaps but there is a strong community that supports the free program and are willing to share part completed projects with others so may have something that could be quickly modified to do whatever is needed.

    EDIT @Plankton
    When using the keypress shortcuts in Windows It's actually best to create the shortcuts in a specific folder created for the task as they may not work correctly if moved after creation
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  8.    12 May 2018 #8

    EDIT @Plankton
    When using the keypress shortcuts in Windows It's actually best to create the shortcuts in a specific folder created for the task as they may not work correctly if moved after creation
    Roger that.
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