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

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How to make Applescript quit a specific program for all users?

My wife and I are set up on a single laptop and I have our iTunes libraries stored on an external HD. I'm writing an applescript to auto eject that drive when we want to take the laptop elsewhere (we ...
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pasting commands from TextWrangler to Terminal (applescript troubleshooting)

I have a following script that I have been using for years to paste selection or a whole line from TextWrangler to R. I got it from some website, slightly modified, and it has worked perfectly: tell ...
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Use AppleScript to launch and manage Quicktime Player in the background

I have a Perl-based audio player that runs on OS X, and I need to update how the audio files are played. I'd like to use AppleScript to control the QuickTime Player, because it will do what I need, ...
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Generate an iOS Project (.xcodeproj) with AppleScript

How can I generate an iOS project (.xcodeproj) with AppleScript (without XCode)?
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How can I make a keyboard configuration become default when I hook it up?

At work, I have a MacBook Pro and a RHEL workstation that share a HP keyboard and mouse via a KVM switch. I do most of my work on the Mac so I prefer to change the modifier keys so they command and ...
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How do I refresh Application metadata - URL handlers, Web browsers - after installing my own AppleScript?

I'm working on an Apple Script that handles URLs. There's a command one can give which re-creates the list that Safari shows to change the default web browser. Anyone know what this is?
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Applescript to disable screen saver through sending keystroke

I'm trying to write an applescript that will disable the screen saver through sending a keystroke. Something like sending a "shift key" pressed every 30 seconds. I don't want to have the applescript ...
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Fastest way to migrate an application between Mac's?

after using the Migration Assistant each time arrives a new OSX or i buy a new MacBookPro, its time to tidy up my work machine, Since upgrading my current MBP(mid2009 2.8GHz 4GB DDR3) to Lion many ...
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I want a pop up notification when a file has certain info written to it

I have a server that my machine is connected to via AFP. On this server there is a file called 'TransferLog.txt'. While the server is doing it's work it adds to this file. When it finally writes ...
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How do I create Growl notifications for FCE?

I found this script online somewhere and I'm trying to make it so that it constantly checks to see if Final Cut Express is rendering and when it finishes rendering, it displays a Growl notification. ...
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AppleScript - Changing Width of Dialog Box and Adding Text

I have a normal display dialog working using AppleScript within the Editor. How would one increase the width of the display dialog and add text under the input field and above the buttons. In advance, ...
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Using applescript to create spaces and launch apps

So the end goal of what I am looking to do is this: When I am at work I use an external monitor with my MBP. I have a consistent set of spaces and apps that I setup everyday. What I would like to ...
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AppleScript/Automator Add AutoCorrect Settings

I am making a AppleScript/automator script for April Fools that is going to change the AutoCorrect. I know that I can change the autocorrect settings by going to Settings > Text > '+' ...
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Launch Apple Script on App Focus

Is there a way to configure an Apple Script (or any script for that matter), to be run every time an application is focused? For example, if I am on Safari currently, and I tap on a QuickTime window, ...
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How can I programmatically read and write the texttone of a Contact in the OSX' Contacts app?

On the Contacts app (V9.0) of Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite I want to read and write programatically the texttone property in some of my contacts. How can I do this with Applescript or another scripting ...
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How to iterate through iCal events in Applescript

I am trying to iterate through the events in a calendar to copy them to another: tell application "iCal" set localEvents to events of calendar "localCalendar" set remoteEvents to events of ...
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Automator script doesn't show up in services menu

I made an automator script to help me to assign LaTeX indexes to words in TexMaker. It would convert a highlighted word test to \index{test} test. This is the little script: on run {input, ...
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Problems with the command delete function in applescript

I have an applescript that I am using to clear out a huge folder. I can select all of the files but how can I indicate the "command delete" key while keeping all of the files selected? Basically after ...
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Programmatically catch app opening / closing

Is it possible, via an AppleScript, a background service or daemon, or any other programmatic way, to catch the following events: a specific app (eg Aperture, Excel ...) being launched, an app being ...
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Mac Outlook 2011 - moving folders from On My Computer to Exchange Server

I've just noticed a very odd peculiarity about using Mac Outlook 2011 with an Exchange server. I am hoping to write a script that will allow me to highlight a folder On My Computer and move it onto ...
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My iPad unable to view subtitles

My iPad unable to open or view video online with subtitles. But when I open the same website with my lappy, the video and subtitles work well. There have something wrong with the website or my iPad?
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Applescript to click green (zoom) button with Option down

Based on Applescript - the activate command makes application "half-active", I wrote the following Applescript which would allow me to click the green (zoom) button at the top-left corner of ...
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How to use Numbers to generate pdf on a web server and then email it out?

I have an issue. My client loved the report I generated using Numbers on Mavericks OS X. The bad news is that the data is being processed on a ubuntu machine running python and django. I want to ...
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Automatically sort Finder items based on file type?

I work in video production, when a new job comes in we use Post Haste to create a new directory with our folder structure and default files included. What I'm looking to do is automate the process of ...
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Applescript commands to move an app window to a specified space

I’m trying to write an applescript to launch all of the applications I typically have open, then move them to the desktop on which I typically put them (for example, my mail client is on desktop 4 and ...
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Unable to run 'display notification' using osascript in a tmux session

If I run the following command in Apple Script Editor directly, display notification "Hello, world" I can see a notification as expected However if I tried to invoke it via command line: ...
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How do I run a binary program without showing the gear icon?

I created a automator workflow, add a Run Shell Script part and put these lines in: /Users/xxx/Library/Android/sdk/tools/android avd I saved it as an app and it works. But I will always see a ...
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Is there a way to get a list of all currently running program's window titles with AppleScript?

I'm looking to write a script which outputs a list of all the window titles of all the currently running programs. Is there any way to do this with AppleScript? I tried running the following code: ...
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AppleScript: Select a specific drop down menu item?

folks. I'm incredibly new to AppleScript...just starting to open up my world to coding, and thought I'd start here. (I did BASIC back in high school. haha) All I'm trying to do is set a font type ...
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Activate the frontmost Safari and run Javascript

I'm trying to run Javascript on the Safari, whose frontmost is true. tell (application "Safari" whose frontmost is true) to do JavaScript theScript in current tab of first window But I get an ...
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Run Javascript on specific Safari using Applescript

There will be many Safari browsers running in my machine. I want to execute the some javascript commands on specific Safari using the PID's. I have the code in applescript for it here: tell ...
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Yosemite Mail “Load Remote Content” from senders in my contacts

I would like Mail on Yosemite to load remote content from senders in my contacts and not for everyone else. I have remote content disabled now and I have pieced together an AppleScript to click the ...
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Is there a tool or scripting approach to change the arrangement of displays?

I move my monitors around a bit during the day. Specifically I rotate them or move my laptop to different positions. Each time I have to open up System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement and make ...
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Add a word count feature that determines pay (for freelancer paid per word)

I am a freelance writer and I frequently use Pages to draft my articles. I appreciate having the word count on the bottom of the document because I am often paid by the word. Periodically, I'll see ...
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Applescript to update MP3 Spotlight tag from iTunes tag

Here is my situation. I have a large iTunes library that has songs tagged with the "Year" in iTunes. I have a Hazel Rule for the noodlesoft hazel software which reads from Finder's "Year Recorded" ...
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Using automator, sort objects by type into type folders, inside subfolders

long time no ask! Anyway, I've been tasked with a project that involves sorting folders into new folders based on type. I've been working on an Automator action, but I haven't had much success. What ...
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AppleScript: Force Google Chrome to open just one tab

on run {input, parameters} do shell script "open -n -a /Applications/Google\\ Chrome.app 'http://website.com' --args" return input end run This is the script that I'm using, but I don't know ...
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Using 'kMDItemContentModificationDate' in 'do Shell Script'

I want to find files modified on a specific date. It is not important what time of day they were modified. I tried the following and got an empty list (no error): set theFolder to (choose folder) set ...
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AppleScript - mdfind kMDItemTextContent script to find specified content from display dialog query

I have this AppleScript find all documents whose content matches the text 'theMessage' and it works perfectly fine: set matchText to paragraphs of (do shell script "mdfind \"kMDItemTextContent == ...
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Applescript - Check if a specific window pops up, then do this

I'm building an Applescript that launch FileZilla, then import a queue from an xml file. The problem is, when a download was previously started and the file already exists on the disk, FileZilla pops ...
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Key stroking fn + f8

I need to make an applescript to press the keys fn + f8 at the same time. The only problem is those are both keys without names! tell application "System Events" key code 63 -- Will press the fn ...
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AppleScript referencing tabs suddently breaking on Chrome

I've been successfully using a script for a long time, which uses Chrome to calculate execute some javascript and return the result. tell application "Google Chrome" tell window 1 tell ...
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AppleScript from Terminal unrar command

I would like to know if it's possible to make an AppleScript of the following terminal command(s). cd unrar e -r -o- *.rar && find ./ -name “*.r*” -delete Also, I would like to know if it's ...
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Applescript not returning string

I have a list called num. I have converted it into a string. I want to return that string so that the next action called "New text file" in my automator workflow can get the string. This is my code - ...
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Changing app icon in order to change mini window icon

I have an app bundle on my desktop. I change its icon by changing the icon in its /Contents/Resources/ folder. This updates finder. However I am trying to update the dock. I have figured I can ...
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How do I mount a network drive based on my IP address or wifi network?

When I am at work, I mount a number of shared drives to use during the day. At home, I mount drives on my home network for home use. Is there a way that I can automatically mount the correct drives ...
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How to suspend a virtual machine using AppleScript (when hibernating the Mac)?

I need an application, which will: Activate Parallels Desktop While holding Opt, select 'Actions > Suspend' Activate SmartSleep Minimize SmartSleep Click 'Hibernate' of menu item 'QuickSleep' of ...
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iMessage speech (applescript) timing out after upgrade to yosemite

When I receive an iMessage, chat or Message on my desktop (iMac), it is read out loud. After the upgrade to Yosemite it does not work. I continue to receive the message that "AppleScript timed out." ...
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Programmatically Change Screen Saver “Start after” time

I would like to change the time before my screen saver starts based on WiFi network. I am running Yosemite (10.10.1). I will use Keyboard Maestro to trigger the action. I need to find the correct ...
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Click on a button (that is not a button ?) with Applescript or Javascript

Okay, relative newbie here, but I have searched all the answers and tried most of the suggestions and cannot find a way to automate using Applescript or Javascript within Applescript to click a button ...