MyLifeOrganized & Desktop Search Launch Scripts (AutoHotkey)
I make frequent use of my label maker for all sorts of things around the house and office. I actually bought the one that David Allen recommended in his 2001 book, although that exact model has probably been replaced with newer versions. One of the more recent uses for my label maker is to create simple visual reminders for frequently used hotkeys on my keyboard. The two that have been getting the most use lately are for Desktop Search and for MyLifeOrganized (see image below).
I use the “Insert” key to launch my desktop search function, and the “Home” key to launch my task function (MLO). Pressing the keys by themselves launches a “basic” function, whereas pressing them along with the Windows modifier key launches a more in-depth function. For example, pressing [Insert] launches the Everything Search Tool, available for free from voidtools. This is an amazing tool for extremely fast/instant file searches. You can configure it to launch with the [Insert] key by setting the “New window Hotkey key” to “VK_INSERT” in the Tools > Options > General pane. If, however, I need to perform a more in-depth search for text within a file, or within Outlook emails, or with special constraints, I press WIN-INSERT to launch Windows Search (for Windows XP) in its own window. Since I am still using Windows XP on some of my PCs, the AHK script below helps.
For task management, I am still going strong with MyLifeOrganized. I shared some setup information for synchronization a few months ago when I started using MLO, and I hope to share a more detailed review of the app along with the ins & outs of my setup in the very near future. In the meantime, here is the launch script I am using for MLO. See the portion below the “;Hotkeys to open MyLifeOrganized:” comment. You can launch MLO using the Hotkeys that MLO supports directly, but I wanted a version that would also launch the MLO app if it wasn’t running. Note that the script below assumes that you have pre-configured two hotkeys within MLO: [CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-m] for the Rapid Task Entry dialog, and [CTRL-ALT-WIN-q] for the main MLO window. I chose obscure key combinations to avoid triggering them accidentally from outside of my AutoHotkey script. See the comments in the script below for details on where to set these in the MLO options. As with the Search hotkey, a direct press brings up the more basic function: Rapid Task Entry. Using the [WIN] modifier brings up the full MLO application. The script uses the DetectHiddenWindows switch since I usually have the MLO application minimized to a tray icon.
; Quick launch for Windows Desktop Search (full window)
; Note that pressing Insert without any modified is already set up to open the Everything search window
; Note that this Hotkey in intended for WinXP users who have installed WDS
; See http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/desktopsearch/choose/windowssearch4.mspx
#Insert::Run, C:\Program Files\Windows Desktop Search\WindowsSearch.exe /launchsearchwindow
;Hotkeys to open MyLifeOrganized:
Home:: ; Open Rapid Task Entry Dialog
Send ^+!m ;You must set this in MLO under Tools > Options > Rapid Task Entry dialog
#Home:: ; Open full MLO application
IfWinExist MyLife Organized ahk_class TfrmMyLifeMain
Send ^!#q ;You must set this in MLO under Tools > Options > Behaviour
WinWaitActive, MyLife Organized, , 5
MsgBox, Timed out waiting for MyLife Organized to activate
Run, "C:\Program Files (x86)\MyLifeOrganized.net\MLO\mlo.exe"
WinWaitActive, MyLife Organized, , 20
MsgBox, Timed out waiting for MyLife Organized to launch
More to come on MLO soon!