Installing Hotkey Monkey

Note: the installation process is currently manual. A future release may provide an automatic installer, possibly including the installation of AutoHotkey.

Installing AutoHotkey

Go to AutoHotkey's download page and get the latest version. Hotkey Monkey needs version or above.

Installing the Hotkey Monkey scripts

Downlad the Hotkey Monkey distribution from the Sourceforge project page . The distribution is a ZIP file, the scripts are in two directories:

  • scripts/main/*.ahk : copy these files in the directory where you want to install Hotkey Monkey (this can be any directory in your filesystem). From now on, I will refer to this directory as %HKMK_HOME% .
  • scripts/lib/*.ahk : these are special AutoHotkey scripts called Libraries of Functions . You need to put them in one of these places:
    • a AutoHotkey/Lib subdirectory of your "My Documents" folder (My Documents/AutHotkey/Lib ). I recommend this first option.
    • a Lib subdirectory relative to AutoHotkey.exe (path-to-the-currently-running-AutoHotkey.exe\Lib ).

    From now on, I will refer to this directory as %HKMK_LIB% .


When you installed AutoHotkey, it has normally been associated to *.ahk files. You can launch Hotkey Monkey by double-clicking %HKMK_HOME%\hkmk_bootstrap.ahk .

The AutoHotkey icon should appear in your system tray:

Try typing "Windows + Down" (the windows key and the down arrow key held simultaneously) to invoke the Hotkey Monkey prompt. Then you can hit Escape to hide it.

If that doesn't work, or if you have elected not to associate AutoHotkey with *.ahk , you can try "Right click / Open with...", or from the command line using something like:

"c:\Program Files\AutoHotkey\AutoHotkey.exe" hkmk_bootstrap.ahk

To run Hotkey Monkey when your computer starts, you can put a quick link to hkmk_bootstrap.ahk in your start menu.

From there you can move on to the usage page.