Simple Chat Client based on Net Send
The net send command is a useful Windows command to post a quick message to any PC connected to your LAN. However, since it is invoked via the command line, it is not very convenient. Here is a simple AutoHotKey script to wrap a GUI around the net send command.
First, if you haven’t done so already, install AutoHotKey. Then type out this command in file netsend.ahk and double click to execute.
^!N:: inputbox, msg, Message,,,300,100 Run, cmd.exe "/c net send 192.168.0.1 %msg%" return
To keep things simple, the script directly contains the IP address (or hostname) of the computer you want to contact; if you want to message multiple people, you might have to add an IP field to the GUI and make necessary changes to the script.
To invoke the prompt, press Ctrl + Alt + N, enter the message, then press the OK button, and the message is instantly delivered to the recipient.
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Amit Agarwal is a Google Developer Expert in Google Workspace and Google Apps Script. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science (I.I.T.) and is the first professional blogger in India.