AutoHotKey EXPERT needed for simple Task View script

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    AutoHotKey EXPERT needed for simple Task View script


    Greetings. I'm a Mac to PC convert and starting to love it. But there are a few things I need to make life a little easier. The need of this thread has already been discussed here --

    Alternative way to launch Task View ? Solved - Windows 10 Forums

    The solution I'm liking is AutoHotKey. What I want to do different is the key command. The one provided is involved. I'd like to simplify it.

    What I would settle for is Alt+Space. (On a Mac this invokes search but I kinda like it for Task View.)

    I would love to assign 'Task View' to one button. On my Kensington keyboard there appears to be a right click button right here that would do the deed too.

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    I'm hazy on whether AutoHotKeys can do either. If someone knows the app well and could share the code for one or both I'd be mighty obliged.
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    Because my brain was on vaykay it didn't occur to me to go to the AutoHotKey board first. If I get a good answer I'll come back and share.
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    Solved by WinXCorners. Doesn't give me a script to remap keys but a perfect Expose clone.
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    AHK solution


    Welcome to Windows and I'm glad you found a solution :) But, since you asked about AutoHotKey I will post my solution using AHK for the benefit of anyone coming to this thread because of the title

    The Pool Man said:
    ..... The solution I'm liking is AutoHotKey. What I want to do different is the key command. The one provided is involved. I'd like to simplify it.

    What I would settle for is Alt+Space. (On a Mac this invokes search but I kinda like it for Task View.)

    I would love to assign 'Task View' to one button. On my Kensington keyboard there appears to be a right click button right here that would do the deed too.
    ..........
    I'm hazy on whether AutoHotKeys can do either. If someone knows the app well and could share the code for one or both I'd be mighty obliged.
    The key you have pictured is the Apps Key which is for the right click Context menu, similar to the standard mouse right click but does not show options that are not relevant to the app/software (in theory anyway)
    I have used AHK (AutoHotKey) to map my Apps Key as the standard mouse right click just to save wear and tear on the trackpad of my Asus Transformer Book T100TA

    To launch Task View you would usually press Win key + Tab key
    Here is the simple AutoHotKey script to map Apps Key as Win key + Tab key

    Code:
    AppsKey::Send, #{Tab}
    The Pool Man said:
    .....What I would settle for is Alt+Space. (On a Mac this invokes search but I kinda like it for Task View.)....
    I actually like the Windows Alt+Space shortcut and use it all day, it brings up a small menu in the top left corner with Minimize (n) Maximize (x) Close (c) and others. As you can see all these shortcut keys are close to the Space Bar so it's always quick and easy. Alt+Space then c is my preferred way of closing software but unfortunately not all software will support it

    Hope you have a great experience with Windows, you have already found a great forum for any help you might need :)
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    I'm sharing this trial and error for someone who reads this thread and wishes to duplicate your suggestion. The end of the story is that this worked beautifully. Getting there involved some know-how.

    1. Download/install AutoHotKey (AHK)
    2. Push 'create a script' even if you're clueless like me.
    3. It dumps a blank script on desktop. Name it 'Task View' (or whatever) and open it.
    4. It's not blank. It's full of intimidating 'stuff' to the non-coder. Ignore and exactly type in FrillyBit's code. SAVE.
    5. Test script without a reboot. Just try it. If it works --
    6. -- put that script in a folder somewhere that will be left alone. I put it in Documents. It's name "AutoHotKey scripts (KEEP!)" Keep keeps my feeble mind from forgetting what it is and trashing it a year from now.
    7. Create a shortcut of said script. Not the folder, the Task View script itself.
    8. Put it in startup folder. (Google how to put items in startup folder with 'HowToGeek' if confused.)
    9. Reboot. Test script.

    Again -- it worked like a charm for me. BIG THANKS.

    Be seeing you --

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