AppleScript is a proprietary programming language in Mac OS X to control and exchange data with applications.

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Why is my script editor coming up with connection invalid after running it for a while?

This is the script I've found on the web I'm trying to just have the script drop items for me by pressing 1, but it works only for a little while before script comes up with an error "error "System ...
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screensaver causes error “share does not exist on the server” to endless loop

I've been trying to learn to automate my home Mac environment with Applescript. I've had some success, but am running into seemingly inconsistent and troublesome errors. In order to diagnose the ...
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Script Editor crashing when running Applescript

I need to extract the phone number of all the contacts in a particular group and for that I am using the following code - on run {input, parameters} tell application "Contacts" set ...
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Why are Script Editor .scpt files not saved as plain text files?

The Script Editor (formerly AppleScript Editor pre-Yosemite 10.10) saves .scpt files as binary files, not plain text files. It makes working with them in source code control systems somewhat ...
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Extract links from email based on the anchor text, not the href

I am putting together an Automator workflow that will allow me to bind a hotkey to a Smart Mailbox listing and effectively automate the task of clicking "Unsubscribe" in emails which have that text ...
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Can I set the primary Language of OS X by using shell script or AppleScript?

My computer is mac mini (late 2012) with Yosemite 10.10.1 installed. The primary language of the system is English, with Chinese being the second language. Sometimes I need to use the Maps.app, and ...
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Tell application “Microsoft Outlook” not working after Yosemite upgrade

I have two Macs. The AppleScript code below runs on one Mac ("Mac 1"), but not on the other ("Mac 2"). Mac 1 is running Snow Leopard, where Mac 2 was upgraded to Yosemite, and the AppleScript below ...
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Help with a simple email script for OSX

I would be so happy if someone could assist me in creating an Applescript to send some emails. I have seen a few examples but I am not confident that I can adapt them to my own needs. I need to send ...
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What are the differences between Applescripts saved as *.scpt and *.applescript?

It seems to me that those scripts that are saved as *.applescript are always meant to be the raw, uncompiled text while those that are saved as *.scpt can be either the raw text or the compiled ...
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AppleScript “delay” command not working since switch to Yosemite

Note: The issue with delay was fixed in OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Ever since I upgraded to Yosemite, Applescripts that use delays have stopped working. How can I fix this? Here's the world's simplest ...
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Can I add actions to control automator to automator?

Is there any way that I can add automator itself to the list of services I can automate? For example right now I can go and add a launch application action to the workflow and within that action ...
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Hooking into establishing Wi-Fi connection on Yosemite

Is there a way to hook into the process of establishing a Wi-Fi connection for executing some arbitrary actions (i.e. scripts or something) on certain events like connection established, connection ...
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Applescript to open Get Info box for the previous iTunes track?

I like having a hotkey to bring up the get info box for the current iTunes track so that if I'm using another app and a song comes up, I can quickly edit it. This works (though if it's not the best ...
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Toggle notification center's DoNotDisturb from terminal [duplicate]

Is there any way to toggle it with i.e. osascript? I'm on Yosemite.
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AppleScript executes itself again after a reboot it initiated. How to avoid that?

I have a shell script that is run by an AppleScript app. That shell script restarts the machine at some point with shutdown -r now. How can I avoid having the AppleScript application automatically ...
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CD-ing a file to itself

I wrote an application in Applescript to open a black picture and fullscreen it in preview. I need the app to "cd" to itself, no matter where it is. That means if it is on the desktop it can pull up ...
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Speed up moving mails in Mail with AppleScript

Moving or deleting mails in Mail with AppleScript is dog slow. One of my scripts is: tell application "Mail" set SelectedMails to selection repeat with currentMail in SelectedMails ...
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Applescript to replace string using sed

I need and Applescript to replace some text as follow: Original text: string  string  string  $  text1 string  string  string  $  text2 text3 string  string  string  $  text4 The ...
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Show the Dock with AppleScript?

I would like to show the Dock when all windows are hidden/closed/minimized. Is this something that can be done with AppleScript? Where can I learn more about the specific capabilities of AppleScript?...
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Git pre-commit hook that checks for open application

I am using git to manage a project that has a few binary files that need to be closed before being committed. So I need a git hook, that checks to see if the application that has these files open is ...
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Export image from clipboard to folder

I create a lot of mockups for my mobile phone. I recently heard of the brilliant idea to just put your current mockup as an image into your Dropbox (or whatever cloud your using). Then just take your ...
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Including Python Script Dependencies (virtualenv contents) in Platypus

I'm trying to turn a python script into a OS X App that you can run directly from Finder. I'm trying out Platypus, which seemed like the simplest option. The problem I'm running into is with the ...
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Applescript Service Won't Run From Some Applications

Okay, so I have a non-Apple keyboard and wanted to bind function keys to the basic media controls such as play/pause iTunes, change volume etc. So I decided to create a service in Automator with an ...
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Mac Reset Password Prompt/Script

So, I'm setting up Mac's for new users. I create their profile and give a default password (the same one) to each new user. My question is, when the user goes into the computer for the first time(it ...
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Run a program/script when the screen is locked or unlocked

Is there a way to run a specified script or program when the screen is locked or unlocked? Ideally a bash function or an AppleScript. Is there an event that I could subscribe to that would allow me ...
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Folder Action for hiding files according to type

Here's what I need. I need a folder action that hides files according to their extensions. (I do not need a folder action that hides extensions for visible files.) This action needs to apply to every ...
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How to set a custom icon inside a signed Apple Script application?

I'm using Apple Script to distribute a signed applet, and would like to use a custom icon. However, as soon as I export it from Script Editor, the bundle loses the custom applet.icns file I put in it. ...
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How to differentiate between applications with the same name in applescripts

I'm trying to use tell application "Google Chrome" in order to script the OS X Chrome app, but this keeps being interpreted as referring to a virtual application with the same name which refers to the ...
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Backup mailbox of mail.app with applescript

I would like to automate, with applescript, the back up a mailbox of mail, which is manually done with the menu "Export mailbox ...", but: I can not set the folder where the mailbox will be saved; I ...
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iTunes/Applescript: get all tracks from (incomplete) album

I try to write an Applescript that would sort playlists by album. That is, a playlist P might contain 20 tracks split on 4 albums (A1, A2…). Each album has 10 tracks, in other words, on this playlist, ...
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Alfred Terminal / Shell Command does not work

In Alfred, if I type > ls must open iTerm2 with that command. Well, does not work for me. In Application if I select Terminal instead of iTerm2, works. If I select Application → Custom, it ...
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Applescript, OS X : How to Get a list of phone numbers from Contacts, and send an iMessage with Messages App? Halfway there I think..?

I am trying to create an applescript that will grab all of the labeled phone numbers of 'mobile' and 'iPhone' from the every contact in Contacts App (specifically the phone numbers from the iCloud ...
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Script Editor.app: newlines are formatted as CR rather than LF

I often use the builtin Script Editor.app to write, compile, and debug AppleScripts before I copy/paste the polished code into a shell script (with #!/usr/bin/osascript). That said, one really ...
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Applescript: path to files in application's Resources

I'm new to applescript and coding. I'm trying to make a little Applescript application that plays an audiofile contained in the .app, using: do shell script "afplay " & quoted form of ("/Users/...
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How to add keyboard shortcut to toggle F1, F2, etc. as standard function keys?

I saw an AppleScript on Github to automate toggling F1, F2, etc. as standard function keys, but I don't know how to install it to my system and trigger it via a keyboard shortcut. Help? I am running ...
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Access OS X Yosemite “Share Menu” extension through Apple Script

I'd like to make an Alfred workflow that would send a file as an attachment through Airmail. I noticed that Airmail has a "Share Menu" extension to do just that. Is there a way to access this ...
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Error in applescript “Invalid index”

I have an automator workflow which works fine except for a part of it - applescript. This is how the workflow goes - Run applescript (this part works fine) - on run {input, parameters} tell ...
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How can Apple Script open a shell script with options in a Terminal window?

I’m trying to use Apple Script to execute a shell script file in a new Terminal window, while sending it options. How do I do that? It seems as if Terminal only interprets the path to the script, and ...
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Can I script my mac to reboot and login at a specified time?

Can I use shell scripts, AppleScript, or some other form of scripting to get my mac to reboot and login at a specified time? If so, how?
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Apple Script help - how do I tell OS X to not launch a specific app during a specific time period?

How do I make an Apple Script (or something similar) that will tell OS X "do not launch/run (n) app from (x1) time to (x2) time?" Thank you.
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How to open a shell script in a new Terminal window and run it with administrator privileges

I need to programmatically open a shell script in a Terminal window and run it with administrator privileges. I'm using osascript as it displays a convenient prompt for an admin login/password. I'm ...
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Creating an account and sending mail using applescript

I'm trying to use applescript to do two things: Create an account in Mail.app Using that account, send an email in Mail.app I'm having an issue with creating an account on Mail.app mainly because ...
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How to check is Chrome is running in incognito mode using Applescript?

Is it possible to find out if the Chrome is running in incognito mode? if application "Google Chrome" is running then tell application "Finder" to display dialog "Chrome is running" // -->...
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How do I make an AppleScript use a Folder in the Contents of a Bundle for an alias on the Desktop?

I'm trying to write an AppleScript to make a temporary alias on the desktop from a folder that resides in the Bundle's Contents:Resources folder and then execute a terminal command that has an ...
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AppleScript to read all notifications in the Notification Center OSX 10.10 Yosemite

It seems like the following AppleScript is no longer working in the latest version of the OS X 10.10 (Yosemite): on run tell application "System Events" tell process "Notification Center" ...
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Applescript Searcher problem

The AppleScript code: on dialogBox(theMessage) display dialog theMessage default answer "" buttons {"Cancel", "Search"} default button 2 with title "Pick a search engine" end dialogBox dialogBox("...
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Finder Menu Services No Longer Working

In Pre-Yosemite, I had some finder menu services (i.e. Right-Click, see 'Services' in menu, hover over, and you'd see Services created in Automator) that I made. As a developer, these were very handy ...
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How do I collect all of my notes and highlights from iBooks?

I've got a lot of highlighting and notes in iBooks that I've read, and would like to be able to collect them in one easy to use and manipulate format (e.g for writing papers and citing quotes). For ...
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VPN Auto connect Notification

I have implemented a VPN auto connect option via Applescript [see code]. It works like a charme there's only one problem. Every time when i open my MacBook I get this [see printscreen] notification. A ...
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Can launching an app trigger the launch of another app?

When I launch a specific application in Mavericks I'd also like to automatically launch and execute another one. Is it possible/how?