How-to: Add a backtick hotkey to Windows 10
Lately I have been really enjoying Obsidian as a personal knowledge base. It uses simple
Markdown files, which makes maintaining synchronized cross-platform access easy and low impact.
I recently ran into a small problem when I decided to change my workflow to run Obsidian on my Windows PC host machine, instead of inside my Kali or Ubuntu virtual machines. Until now, I have largely been running Obsidian on my Macbook and inside my working machines on my PC. However, when I went to start my first
.md in Windows, I quickly realized that my 65% keyboard lacks a
~ key. Not being able to type backticks, and thus write
code blocks, would make my markdown adventures a lot less convenient.
To add a backtick hotkey, simply create an
.ahk file and fill it with the following line:
``` characters are needed, as the backtick (
` ) is the primary escape character in AutoHotkey scripts.
You now have an executable AutoHotkey script. If you place this file in the
C:\Users\<your-username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup directory, it will execute whenever Windows is started.