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Monday, 8 February 2016

AutoIt Start menu options, basic tools and additional SciTE coding tools


Author Post Date Monday, 8 February 2016
We will get following Start menu options for AutoIt. Note: If AutoIt is not installed already, please go through AutoIt Download and Installation post for the complete installation steps.
  1. AutoIt Help File: A very detailed AutoIt helpfile with a lot of examples.
  2. AutoIt Window Info: Also called Au3Info. It is used to get information from a window GUI application that can be used to effectively automate it.
  3. Check For Updates: An utility for easily receiving the most recent public release or beta version of AutoIt3 available.
  4. Compile Script to .exe: AutoIt script to EXE converter.
  5. Examples: A folder which contains all the example scripts.
  6. Run Script: An option to directly run an AutoIt script. A file selection window will be opened to select the script.
  7. SciTE Script Editor: AutoIt's Script Editor.
  8. Extras: Provides details of AutoItX, website and other extras.
I have copied the start menu screenshots from different operating systems below for easy reference.

AutoIt Start menu options from a Windows 7 64 Bit PC
Start menu options from a Windows 7 64 Bit PC
AutoIt Start menu options from a Windows 7 32 Bit PC
Start menu options from a Windows 7 32 Bit PC
AutoIt Start menu options from a Windows XP PC
Start menu options from a Windows XP PC
We will now check the additional coding tools available with customized SciTE package. To open the script editor, select AutoIt v3 -> SciTE Script Editor from Windows start menu.
If we open the script editor with customized SciTE package NOT installed, we can see only a limited set of options in Tools menu. Check the screenshot below.
AutoIt Tools menu options without customized SciTE package
Tools menu options without customized SciTE package
But with the customized SciTE package installed, as you can see from the below image, Tools menu will be displayed with a lot of additional interesting tools.
AutoIt Tools menu options with customized SciTE package
Tools menu options with customized SciTE package
We will be covering each tools in detail as and when required.

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