Using N.R.S. Ghost Control

by Barry Dysert
(last updated June 2, 2014)

1

If you have a monotonous task of clicking the same buttons on the same windows over and over, you may find that Ghost Control from N.R.S. a great asset to help you avoid making mistakes or even getting carpal tunnel syndrome. What it does is remember your keystrokes and mouse clicks so that you can play them back whenever you like. This way, you record the task once and then you can play back the recording, letting Ghost Control perform your monotonous task while you do something more engaging.

In many ways Ghost Control is a macro system for Windows. If you've used macros in programs such as Word and Excel, you're already familiar with the concept—you record a series of actions that can later be played back (repeated) on demand. Ghost Control takes this concept a step further in that it allows you to easily record mouse movements and mouse actions, which cannot be done in Word or Excel macros. This makes Ghost Control very powerful, indeed.

Ghost Control is not free, but you can download a trial version:

http://www.ghost-control.com/download.html

The trial puts a 30-second limit on the length of your recording. If you try it and find it useful, you may decide that the $34.90 required to purchase the software would be worth it to not have to perform your monotonous tasks.

When you launch Ghost Control a dialog box dominated by huge icons appears. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Ghost Control's main screen.

Click the Start Recording button in the lower-right corner to create a new job. The program displays a status window in the upper-right corner of the screen and starts recording your keystrokes and mouse movements after a short "countdown period" expires. When you're done recording, click the Stop button in the status window. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Ghost Control's status window.

When you click Stop you are presented with the Save Job As dialog box, which is how you name and save your recording. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. Saving a recording.

Now whenever you have this task to do, you can click My Jobs on the main screen, choose your previously recorded job, and click Run. Ghost Control takes over the mouse and keyboard and replicates your movements over and over until you tell it to stop (or until it executes the number of times you specified).

 This tip (13123) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

MORE FROM BARRY

Enabling Libraries in File Explorer

Windows 7 introduced us to libraries, but they're turned off in Windows 10. Here's how to get them back.

Discover More

Swapping Mouse Buttons for Left-Handed Users

By default, the mouse is configured such that the primary mouse button is the left one, and the secondary mouse button is the ...

Discover More

Using the Disk Cleanup Wizard

There are a lot of files that "hang around" on your system that you probably don't intend to keep (if you even realize ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

How to Password Protect a File or Folder via Zip

If you routinely create ZIP files, you may want to add some protection to those files. This tip shows how easy it is to add ...

Discover More

Using Maps

Offline maps is a useful app if you want to look someplace up or get directions. This tip explains how to use these maps.

Discover More

Using Process Monitor

A very useful tool in diagnosing what is going on with processes and/or files is the Process Monitor tool from Sysinternals. ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 7 - 0?

2014-06-02 15:57:25

Scott Renz

Windows 3.1 had this functionality. It was called Recorder. I loved it. It was the main reason I waited so long before upgrading to Windows 95. I guess things got too complicated in Windows to continue guarenteeing it would work correctly.


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.