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

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How do I determine which application launched automator service?

Is there a way to determine which application launched a Automator Service? The idea is to check the app that launched the service, with a shell/apple script and react differently depending which ...
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How to change filepath structure using automator (windows to mac)?

I use a mac at work and people send me windows file paths all day. Does anyone know how to convert the filepath using applescript in an automator so I can right click in an email and then open it? ...
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Get the process id of the app, which called the service

I have an service in automator, which is binded to the Safari ,no input option. Now is there any way for the service in automator to get the process id of the Safari, which called it ? New to ...
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How can I set the default browser depending on time of day?

I have a MacBook Pro from work. To keep my browsing history separate, I use 2 different browsers. (Chrome = Work, Safari = Fun) I want to make my default browswer Chrome while at work (9 am to 6pm), ...
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Sync applescript calls.

I'm very new to applescripting and I have the following code: tell application "Safari" tell document 1 do JavaScript "document.getElementById(\"binaryFilePath\").click()" end tell ...
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Applescript date manipulation to get multiple formats

I need to get a date (month, day, year) in multiple different formats for each part. So, for January 2, 1999 I need: the month as January and Jan and 01 and 1 the day as 2 and 02 the year as 1999 ...
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Can only run AppleScript from Automator

I have the following AppleScript which toggles the scroll direction on the trackpad: tell application "System Preferences" activate set current pane to pane "com.apple.preference.trackpad" ...
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Applescript question for copying files

I wrote a script to copy files from an SD Card to a Thunderbolt Hard Drive. I wanted the action to automatically do all of this in a single shelled applescript under an automator action. When I ...
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How can I start a Hangouts phone call with Applescript/Terminal?

I want to initiate a Google Hangouts phone call with Applescript. Hangouts has an AS dictionary, but with only the default suites. I want to emulate opening the Hangouts popup, typing in a phone ...
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Set iMessage sender in applescript for a new message

Applescript allows you to send messages via iMessage and the command line, ie) http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11812184/how-to-send-an-imessage-text-with-applescript-only-in-provided-service Is ...
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Variable not defined not sure why

For some reason "the name of thePath" comes up as not defined by my automator workflow. on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" set thePath to the (first item of the input) ...
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Automator: How to send an email to multiple recipients with Font colour and attachment image?

I have done a program of 'Send-Email-To-Multiple-Recipients' in Automator as see an attachment image below. But, it does not work to retain font colour of texts in a message body within this ...
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Applescript Invoke Specific User and Password

I have a do shell script that I need to run in Applescript, but it needs to run as a different user. It is to be deployed into the student's network drive as a standalone application that the students ...
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Display message box only if “filter finder items” finds an item (Automator)

Currently, I have a workflow going like this: When files and folders added to downloads Filter finder items where kind = music Open finder items with ID3 tag editor Ask for confirmation "Click OK ...
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AppleScript prints out keypresses, doesn't execute them

I expect this script to switch applications (command tab): $ cat hello.applescript tell application "System Events" key code 48 using command down end tell But it just prints out a tab: $ ...
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Is there a way to use automator/write an apple script to change the font in several powerpoint documents?

A recurring issue at work: A powerpoint file needs to be moved in to illustrator and saved as an .eps file. The files are almost always submitted with the font set to Calibri which Illustrator doesn'...
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Creating an Automator/Applescript to compare two versions of an MS Word document

I'm storing MS Word documents in GIT and would like to have an rudimentary document compare system on the rare occasion that I need to diff them. I've seen: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3292792/...
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Applescript automate double keystroke

I need to emulate a keystroke using applescript for double time shift press. Adding Part of snippet.. tell application "System Events" keystroke shift keystroke shift end tell Even tried ...
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AppleScript keystroke ignoring numbers

A very simple AppleScript like this: tell application "System Events" keystroke "abc 123" end tell results in just “abc” being typed. Online resources suggest this should not be the case. ...
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Run an applescript on mouse down

How can I trigger an applescript on mousedown? I want this applescript to run when a user doubleclicks on empty space in the desktop (i.e. not clicking on the icons present on desktop). This is my ...
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Run an AppleScript that requires keystrokes while the screen is locked?

I've got a very simple AppleScript whose job it is to type some words into a text box. tell application "TextEdit" activate end tell delay 0.2 tell application "System Events" keystroke "Hello ...
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Difference between variable and pipe to shell in applescript

In answering this question I wrote this script: global presenterNotes tell application "Keynote" activate open (choose file) tell front document set presenterNotes to presenter ...
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Create an automator/applescript service that opens a file in an external program

Just wondering about some automator/applescript help. Basically: I download a MP3 file from an artist (for example) It is saved to my Downloads folder. From there, I want to open it automatically ...
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Get the Sound Output Device Name with AppleScript

How can I get the current sound output device name with AppleScript? For example, in my System Preferences: Sound pane "Internal Speakers" is currently selected. All I need to do is retrieve that ...
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Apps Stuck in Security & Privacy > Accessibility

I was messing around with using AppleScript for GUI manipulation so the apps I was making had to be granted access. The very first one I did showed up in Security & Privacy > Accessibility as ...
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Problem With the Click Command - AppleScript

I'm trying to do some GUI scripting with AppleScript but every time I try to use the click command, it will work but cause an error. If I use a try statement it works fine, but I shouldn't have to do ...
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Can I use AppleScript to upload a file to a webpage open in Safari using drag and drop?

I would like to create an AppleScript to open a specified URL in Safari, login automatically if that would be possible and then upload a file to a form that accepts drag and drop file upload. Would ...
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Applescript to change desktop image on all monitors?

I have the following code to change the desktop image of my Macbook tell application "System Events" tell current desktop set picture to "/Library/Desktop Pictures/Beach.jpg" end tell end tell How ...
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Open a new Safari window in the current Space from Terminal with multiple tabs (URLs)

How to open an new Safari window from Terminal in the current Space? Now when using the open http://example.com command it opened the URL as last tab on my first Safari window. I'm looking for a way ...
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Automator Service that works with and without selection

I have an AppleScript that I want to run with a keyboard shortcut. The script uses the current selection of text if it is available, but will also work without it. I have created an Automator Service ...
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How can I restart from an Apple script without warnings?

I wrote this Apple Script to bless my Windows partition and boot to Windows only once: do shell script "/usr/sbin/bless --device /dev/disk0s3 --setBoot --legacy --nextonly " with administrator ...
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AppleScript Error

Edit: Well now it seems to just work. I have no idea what's going on lol. Can someone tell me what's going on here? tell application "Terminal" do script "killall Finder" tell application "...
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In Applescript, how do I launch Safari “Silently” open url then close the unseen Safari window

I am new to Applescript and MACs although my first computer was an Apple II Plus and I programed in Apple Basic and Assembly. I am using it to create a "Silent" alarm button. We have a system in ...
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Grab the “Active” Window in Applescript

I have a script which perform the following: Load a file into a program (Subler — done separately, not in this script) Confirm the loading of the file (this is where the script begins) Saves the ...
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Geeklet script to ping hosts

I have found the nice script below to ping a host to check if it is up or down. However I haven't found a way (and my very basic programming knowledge has failed me here) on how I can ping multiple ...
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Using AppleScript to toggle Internet Sharing not working

I am using an applescript to activate internet sharing option from 'System Pref> Sharing'. I work on MacOs 10.9.4. I found this script on a forum and am using it. This works fine, when the System ...
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Applescripts not working in Finder since Mavericks

I have a bunch of Applescripts that do things like change sort column in Finder windows, but they've stopped working since Mavericks. If I close and reopen the window, then the change takes effect, ...
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Applescript File vs Alias

I have these two Applescript commands in which they both point to the same file alias "Macintosh HD:Users:scott:Dropbox:Downloads:AppleScriptFinderGuide.pdf" file "Macintosh HD:Users:scott:Dropbox:...
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How to fix my Applescript plugins for the Contacts application that are no longer available since 10.9 Mavericks upgrade?

I have got 5 scripts listed in ~/Library/Address Book Plug-Ins/ SkypeABDialer.bundle SkypeABSMS.bundle TelephoneAddressBookPhonePlugIn.bundle TelephoneAddressBookSIPAddressPlugIn.bundle Dial with ...
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I want to show a file in an AppleScript bundle, but shell returns: file not found

My Bundle File: reference.txt My Code: set bashFile to path to resource "reference.txt" set the reference_data to do shell script "type " & quoted form of (POSIX path of bashFile) display ...
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Where does Applescript Event Log go when run under Launchd?

Or, how to log from an AppleScript (saved as application) and/or view the Event Log? None of the AppleScript's log statements can be found. I have tried adding the following to the launchd plist: &...
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Converting Automator Action in applescript to bash script

I just wrote an Automator app using AppleScript (along with a couple of bash lines) to start FTP with a single click. However it runs more than a tad slow. Here's the code: set ftpstatus to "off" try ...
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What is the location of this Application's file?

This application shows in Finder at path (with target): Macintosh HD/Applications/Trans_Helper.app/Contents/MacOS/applet and I have not been able to successfully start it with launchd, using ~/...
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How to run Say “something” in background in AppleScript

I would like to have AppleScript code like this: row 1 say "some long text here" row 3 When it starts to speak text, it same time continues to row 3. I create my scripts in AppleScript Editor and ...
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Set Alias for Terminal Window in Applescript

After opening multiple terminal windows and running commands in them, it becomes difficult to send another command to a specific terminal window. How can we set an alias for each terminal window so ...
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How to make certain keystoke in AppleScript?

I am trying to make a program that records a live stream for a certain amount of time and then saves it on my desktop. This is what I have so far. TWiT Live Recorder (30 sec version) tell ...
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Applescript System Events Keystroke broken after 10.9.4

It seems like the recent Mavericks update has broken the keystroke command in applescript -- whenever my script reaches that point, it freezes. (I currently have ~20 zombie osascript processes...) ...
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Creating a script that will execute a program and if it exits without crashing, will run it again

I've already asked this question in the UNIx exchange but I was told to ask here also about AppleScripts if the standard shell does not work. I require a script that will open an application. Wait ...
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How to download images from an xml feed using terminal?

How can I download png images from an xml feed that looks the following way? <ListBucketResult xmlns="http://url1.com"> <Name>imagesToUse</Name> <Prefix/> <Marker/> &...
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Automator sequential renaming for one file at a time

I have found many tutorials on how to rename some files using a "batch-renaming" type of workflow, but I have a different issue. I'm moving files one at a time into a folder, not all at once, so the ...