Windows Macro Recorder
September 24, 2013 2:36 PM   Subscribe

The macro recorder in Microsoft Excel allows me to automate repetitive tasks with relative ease. Is there something similar that would allow me to do the same thing outside of Microsoft Excel? I'd like to be able to record my keystrokes and mouse movements in a similar way, regardless of which program I'm using. I'm using Windows 7.
posted by Proginoskes to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Response by poster: Does AutoHotKey have the ability to record actions? I tried it out, but it looked more like something where you had to actually write out a script. I'm hoping to find a program where I can just click a record button.
posted by Proginoskes at 2:40 PM on September 24, 2013

There's a macro recorder built in (called "AutoScriptWriter"), but for some strange reason there doesn't seem to be any documentation for it on the AHK website. This SuperUser answer explains how to run it.

I've also heard good things about Pulover’s Macro Creator as a frontend to AHK, but I haven't used it myself.
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 2:50 PM on September 24, 2013

Macro Express
You can write scripts, automate keyboard shortcuts, and just hit record and have it replicate keystrokes, mouse movements and other commands.

We used it constantly in my old library because the creators of the library database system stupidly believed that everything should be a mouse click rather than keyboard shortcuts. After near epidemic levels of carpal tunnel in librarians and clerks, Macro Express was implemented and we never looked back.
posted by teleri025 at 2:53 PM on September 24, 2013

Many higher end mice allow you to record key stroke and mouse movement/click macros.
posted by Mitheral at 2:54 PM on September 24, 2013

I asked this question a few years ago. I ended up getting a Logitech G110 "gaming" keyboard for home and work. I like it.
posted by Fortnight Bender at 4:57 PM on September 24, 2013

I found AutoHotKey too complicated just for macros, so I used JitBit Macro Recorder. You can just hit record.
posted by nooneyouknow at 8:50 PM on September 24, 2013

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