Whenever I need to do the same mind-numbing repetitive tasks, such as edit a hundred images exactly the same way or copy-paste a piece of text from a thousand emails, I turn to TinyTask. This portable little freeware utility has saved me hours, if not days of my life already. It might help you save some time, too.
TinyTask is a simple macro recorder. A macro, in this case, is a recording of all mouse clicks and movements, as well as all keyboard events. The macro can then be played back to reproduce the events exactly as they happened during the recording phase.
Download and Install TinyTask
To download portable TinyTask, click here.
Remember to always check any and all downloaded files with at least one anti-malware tool.
The downloaded file is called
TinyTaskPortable_1.50_Rev_2_English.paf.exe — this is a PortableApps.com installation container.
There are two ways to access the files inside such a container.
Launch the Installation Procedure
You can double click the .exe file to launch the installation procedure.
For me this is a weird thing to do, because portable software is designed specifically to avoid the need for an installation process. You should be able to simply copy the files to their target location and use the software as is.
An installation procedure beats the purpose of creating portable software.
Extract the Files Without Installation
Thankfully, there is a way around the installation.
Simply rename the downloaded file’s extension from
Now create a sub-folder called
Then open the renamed file as an archive. I prefer to use 7-Zip for extracting archived files.
And, finally, extract the contents of the
TinyTaskPortable_1.50_Rev_2_English.paf.zip file to the TinyTask sub-folder.
$PLUGINSDIR and a file called
Create a Shortcut
Within the TinyTask sub-folder,
TinyTaskPortable.exe executable file and drag it to your desktop.
You can now launch TinyTask by
Once running, using TinyTask is very simple.
There are two keyboard shortcuts you need to remember:
After the first launch, TinyTask will create a sub-folder called
Data in its TinyTask folder. All TinyTask settings, such as window position and launch folder, will be saved here and only here.
But remember that recording and playing back a macro is a mechanical thing. It will do the same thing over and over. Don’t believe for a moment that TinyTask will know what is the purpose of the task itself.
To understand TinyTask’s logic, simply imagine that your computer screen is completely blank. This is how TinyTask sees your screen.
It just records the mechanics of each keyboard and mouse event. Then replays them. That’s why you need to think carefully about each step you want TinyTask to replay in order to avoid your work being damaged.
Anyway, you can always try to play back the macro and, if there’s a problem, just stop the playback by pressing
You can also save your recorded tasks as .rec files and use them again later.
Removing or Moving TinyTask
This is the beauty of portable software — once you delete the TinyTask folder, there is no trace of the program left anywhere on your hard drive, not in Windows Registry, not in any other folder or sub-folder. Just gone!
And the same applies to moving TinyTask’s folder. Just move it and it will work the same way. However, you will need to update your TinyTask desktop shortcut, so that it links to the new location of the TinyTask executable file.
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