How to Make AutoIt Follow Your Movements

By Kevin Lee

Automate repetitive tasks and increase productivity by using macro recording software. AutoIt, a macro program, comes with a recorder that can follow your movements as you work on your computer. This allows you to click a Record button, perform a complex task and replay that task any time you like. Download and install the latest version of AutoIt, because earlier versions do not have the record function.

Install AutoIt

Step 1

Go to the AutoIt website and click "Download AutoIt v3."

Step 2

Click the "Save File" button to save the file to your hard drive.

Step 3

Double-click the installation file after it downloads. An installation wizard starts. Follow the wizard's instructions to install AutoIt v3.

Record Movements

Step 1

Click the Windows Start button and paste "C:\Program Files (x86)\AutoIt3\Extras\Au3Record" into the search box at the bottom of the Start menu. Windows Explorer opens and displays the contents of AutoIt's AU3Record folder.

Step 2

Right-click the "Au3Record.exe" file. Click "Create Shortcut," then click "Yes." Windows places a shortcut to the file on your desktop.

Step 3

Double-click the file from your desktop. The AU3Record window opens. Select the "Click to Record" button. The window closes and the button moves to your screen's upper left corner. Its text changes to "Click to Stop."

Step 4

Perform a task, such as launching Notepad or opening a browser and viewing your bookmarks. Select the "Click to Stop" button after completing your task. The recorder stops recording your actions and reopens the AU3Record window.

Playback Movements

Step 1

Click "Save As" to open the Save AutoIt Script window. This window displays a list of your folders.

Step 2

Double-click the desktop folder. Type a name for the script you recorded in the "File Name" box and click "Save." Windows saves the script to your desktop.

Step 3

Double-click the script icon. AutoIt launches and plays back the movements and actions you recorded.

Tips & Warnings

  • After recording a script, always click "Save As" to open the Save As window. This allows you to create a new file name.
  • The AU3Record folder also contains a file named "AU3Record_x64.exe." If you use a 64-bit operating system and have problems running "AU3Record.exe," run "Au3Record_x64.exe" instead.