This is a tiny thing, but it makes me so happy.

This is a tiny thing, but it makes me so happy. On my Mac, I have a nice play/pause button that controls iTunes whether it’s foreground or not. I lacked that on Windows until I came across this solution (cribbed together from many partial solutions).

* Install AutoHotkey (free, open-source,

* Add a shortcut to it in Startup

* Run it, and replace the default script with the following

* Right-click, Reload Script

Then the “Pause/Break” button acts as play/pause for iTunes. It’s nicer than Mac because it has near zero latency, unlike Mac where it can take up to 5 seconds to take effect…

#SingleInstance force

DetectHiddenWindows, on



   ControlSend, ahk_parent, {space}, iTunes ahk_class iTunes 


2 replies on “This is a tiny thing, but it makes me so happy.”

  1. Haha, my college who sits next to me automates almost everything with AutoHotkey. Its really interesting to watch him working with all this macros. I wonder if he is still able to work on a machine which doesn’t have his custom shortcuts.

  2. Daniel Kuffner – I used to be like that! 🙂 I find that with every new machine I get, I need to customize a little less as default software gets more sane and feature-rich.

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