Getting started with autoit
AutoIt is a lightweight freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting.
It is especially useful for generating keystrokes and reading information from native Windows controls. Library functions are included for the automation of Microsoft Office applications and web browsers.
It can be downloaded from https://www.autoitscript.com/site/autoit/, a site which also contains a comprehensive documentation set.
A simple AutoIt script showing some of the basic features of the language.
Note that semicolons introduce comments
Save this as "HelloWorld.au3"
Installation or Setup
AutoIt is intended for use on the Microsoft Windows operating system. It is compatible with versions from Windows XP onwards.
Download the installation utility from https://www.autoitscript.com/site/autoit/downloads/
If installing on a 64-bit version of Windows, the user is prompted to choose a 64- or 32-bit installation. The choice affects the compilation utilities that are installed alongside the script interpreter.
The installation utility will install into the given directory:
- The script interpreter
- A script compiler
- A script editor (SciTE)
- Help files