Wanted: Free App to click mouse in specific part of screen at startup


  1. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Professional 21H1
       #1

    Wanted: Free App to click mouse in specific part of screen at startup


    I would like for folks here to recommend a free application that performs a mouse click on a certain area of my display when Windows starts. I don't need the program to do anything else other than what I want it to do. I've tried Mini Mouse Macro, which looked promising but did not perform the mouse click that I required. I also tried Auto Mouse, but it had way too many features and I couldn't find where I could make it perform this one single task with no human intervention.

    You're probably wondering why I need such a tool. I have one program that starts when I start Windows that will not minimize itself on startup and it has no option to do such. So every time my laptop starts or every time my wife's PC starts, there is this window sitting there that just needs to be minimized with a single mouse click. It doesn't sound annoying, but it wears on you if you restart your machine several times during the day. An automated mouse click would solve this annoyance, but I can't seems to find a program that does this simple task.

    Any recommendations?
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  2. Posts : 34,961
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Write a 2 (perhaps 3) line Autohotkey script that basically does this

    run, <path to program>
    ; might need a line here e.g. winwaitactive, <program identifier>
    winminimize, <program identifier>

    Wanted: Free App to click mouse in specific part of screen at startup-1.png

    With Autohotkey installed:
    The script goes in <suitable-name>.ahk
    Double click to run it
    Rt click, compile it to <suitable-name>.exe

    You then have an exe you can use to launch and minimise the prog.

    -------------------------------
    Or just use a single line, executed after the program has been launched as is.
    winminimize, <program identifier>
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  3. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Professional 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

    Auto Hot Key (AutoHotkey) is exactly what I was looking for.

    The application is very powerful, far more than what I am using it for - just a simple mouse click at a specific spot on the display.

    Certainly, I will be using this program for other things in the future.

    - bob
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  4. Posts : 34,961
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    - whilst it takes some getting used to, the great thing is there's a wide range of uses, from the really simple to full programming.
    a. you can play with 1 or 2 line ahk files and experiment quickly making changes - and that's vital 'cos often the first attempt isn't quite right.
    b. you can manipulate existing windows
    c. you can modify or create hotkeys
    d. (complex) you can create entire new programs, GUI and all
    e. There are useful diagnostics pointing to a particular line
    f. There are dedicated editors - sensitive to the language
    Editors - AutoHotkey Community
    g. There's a tool to get info about existing windows (from the Start Menu) - Window Spy

    - and the Help, if somewhat technical, is pretty thorough.
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