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

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Naming Folders usin

Is there a script that allows one to insert text from the clipboard into the name field of a new folder? I would like to name a new folder or change the name of a folder using the last text clip.
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osascript “set bounds of window” not working after Mavericks upgrade

I have a number of bash functions I run at the beginning of each day to start work. They all look pretty much like this: mind() { osascript -e 'tell app "Terminal" do script "ssh -A ...
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Applescript: Open current Safari tab in Chrome (Troubleshoot of working script)

So, I decided a while ago to run a Flash-free install of Safari. It's been really great, Safari seems much more stable overall and I barely miss it. But every once in a while I stumble upon a site ...
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Automatically reduce MacBook brightness on connecting to external display?

I would like my macbook to reduce its screen brightness to zero when I connect it to an external display. I know there's no such setting, but how would I go about writing a script that would do that? ...
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How to close applications on sleep?

I have a password management application (KeePassX) of which backup I sync over Dropbox across several computers. However the password database can be open only on one computer at a time for file ...
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Randomize ical event start times

I have an event in ical that recurs every day. I would like to randomize the start time of this event (which schedules an applescript) so that the start times are random but within 30 min of each ...
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Automator application needs to ignore all files that aren't EPS

I've made an application that I drop EPS files on and it makes two copies and renames them and transfers them to SMB shares. But sometimes when I have more than one file selected in other windows, ...
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Using quotes in SublimeText build system command

I'd like to execute a simple AppleScript command as part of a Sublime Text build system. I created a sublime-build file where the command is "cmd": ["osascript", "-e", """tell application "Preview" ...
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toggle playPause for iPhoto, script problem, probably global variable

I need toggle playPause for iPhoto, so I wrote this script global isPaused try get isPaused on error set isPaused to false end try tell application "iPhoto" if slideshow running then ...
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How to click button with applescript using UI Element Inspector

I am new to applescript. I am trying to open a webpage, and click a button on that webpage. here is my script: tell application "Safari" to activate tell application "System Events" tell ...
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How to create an applescript for multiple dd terminal commands in sequence (for multiple USB Drives duplication)

I need to create an apple script to perform DD Commands in sequence, to replicate the same .img file to multiple USB flash drives The context: the computer is connected to a powered USB hub with 7 ...
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How do I find out the applescript commands available for a particular app?

I'm trying to find out if I can get iTunes to do something complex, but don't know what can be scripted. Is there a way to find out what applescript commands an app will respond to?
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Using Javascript | Applescript to click button in Safari

I realize there are several threads about this and they are all very specific to certain website . My background is in Python, not Javascript or Applescript, and I'm confused on exactly how to achieve ...
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Universal path in Terminal

I'm writing an AppleScript that will allow me to copy the Time Machine folder from an external drive and paste it onto the user's desktop of their Mac. The reason I'm doing this is because when a time ...
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Error with AppleScript - Integer?

I have been making a simple script for my sister, but it does not work. It calls for an integer? I did not specify it in my program, but it calls it anyway...? My Script: activate display dialog ...
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script copy sender(s) email address only to the clipboard

I am a blind voiceover user of mac. The new Mail.app makes it difficult to copy the sender's email. I would like to have a script which copies the sender email only, of one or more selected ...
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Converting videos in the background using automator and handbrake

I am trying to automate the process of video conversion using handbrake and automator. Here is the script that i am using in Run Shell Script action of Automator Folder Action: for f in "$@" do ...
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Automator for Saving Attachments

I save MANY attachments from one URL about 50 times a day from clients. I'd like to automate the process for when I click on the download attachment button it will save into 1 specific folder when ...
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Select a menu item in AppleScript without using “System Events” in 10.9 Mavericks

I was just answering another question and was reminded of a new "feature" in Mavericks. I used to have a number of small Automator Services that took no input but did something useful when tied to a ...
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Automator app with a menubar icon

I've created an application with Automator. I want to have a new icon in the menubar like this: Which starts the app when I click on it. Is it possible? (without using Xcode) PS: I don't ...
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How do I correctly use applescript 2.3 script library “use” rather than “tell”

When I use my library this way applescript will not parse the display dialog line, treating dialog as an identifier! Can anyone explain why this is not being understood in the way I want it to be? ...
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Perform two keystrokes successively in AppleScript

I want to perform two keystrokes in AppleScript, successively. The script should perform Command+Shift+J and after that Command+W in the application Google Chrome. Can this be done with AppleScript? ...
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Terminal.app equivalent of `xterm -e 'cmd'`

With xterm (and gnome-terminal, terminator, etc), you can run the following command: $ xterm -e 'vim somefile.txt' xterm will open and run the specified program (in this case, Vim). When the ...
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With Lion, Problems Accessing Shared NTFS Folders with SMB://

We are testing a local login script that we created for our Macintosh users on Lion. It has worked fine on all OS X versions prior to 10.7. Listed below is the script that we are using. When we run ...
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Turn on iTunes EQ via AppleScript

Can I turn the iTunes EQ on/off using AppleScript? I found a way to change the preset, but not turn the EQ on or off.
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How to create Mac OS X global hot key to open .txt file in MacVim.app at vim 'mark'?

Can and how can I create Mac OS X global hot key (possibly mapped to an OS X service, like what OmniFocus and Fantastical offer to make new entries in their inbox/calendar, respectively) to open a ...
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Detecting typing in Messeges app using applescript?

In the new Messages app, which replaced iChat, you can see when another person is typing: And i've been scripting around the messages app and was wondering if there was any way to detect when the ...
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Change the default application (for a file extension) via script/command line?

Is there a way to define the default application for a file extension via an Apple script, command line command (like defaults write [...]). I know that you can change it manually via the information ...
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Set service keyboard shortcut and have change take effect programtically

I have the following script to set a services shortcut: set serviceName to "(null) - VimAnywhere - runWorkflowAsService" set libPrefPath to POSIX path of (path to preferences folder from user domain ...
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Set Services keyboard shortcut via script OSX

I need a way to set the following programmatically: Specifically for shortcuts under Services, if that makes a difference. I'm wondering if this is possible via shell or AppleScript? EDIT: I've ...
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how to add button to Finder toolbar to call python script with current folder as argument?

Recently I added context menu under services to execute python script but I think it would be convenient if I add a button on the Finder toolbar, like next to New Folder Button in below image. Is ...
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Deleting files with applescript messes up Finder's CoverFlow

I wrote myself a little script to delete JPG+RAW files by just reviewing my JPG (who loads faster thant CR2). I've put the following code in an Automator service bound to a keyboard shortcut. on ...
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AppleScript counts multiple Mail messages

In this AppleScript on Mavericks: tell application "Mail" activate set viewer to the first message viewer set msgList to selected messages of viewer end tell set msgCount to 0 repeat ...
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how to capture folder as input and pass it to python script as argument

How to capture folder as input and pass it to python script as argument? This is what I have so far, but this is always taking the user home directory as input no matter which folder i right click > ...
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How to search through online сhеss games using AppleScript or Automator?

I would like to search for specific online сhеss games. Each game has a single adress. Since there are millions of games on instant chess, it would take far too long to index all the games. So I will ...
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Simulate CTRL+F12 2 second keypress

Im trying to bring up the OS X shutdown dialogue box by simulating the key press Control+F12 for 2 seconds (using a logitech keyboard). No matter how much I try I just can not get it to work. My ...
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Printer Setup Utility gone in Mavericks, how to set default printer in Applescript now?

I have some Applescripts that set the default printer using "Printer Setup Utility", that seems gone in Mavericks. Anyone have an alternative to suggest?
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AppleScript for moving mail messages to OmniFocus is creating duplicates in OmniFocus

I'm trying to customize this script to import all flagged mail messages in Mail.app to Omnifocus, then unflag and archive the message. It works, but it creates many duplicates in the Omnifocus inbox ...
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Go to the Running Safari And Press Enter Using AppleScript

I'm very new to AppleScript and I'm trying to do this. I have an Safari process running on my machine. I wish I could go to the running safari and stimulate an enter key event. Is it possible to do ...
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How can I rename an ordered list of files with an ordered list of file names?

I have a series of files. I need to apply a series of file names. So, 001.jpg -> apple.jpg 002.jpg -> banana.jpg 003.jpg -> orange.jpg etc. I will have to repeat this for each of 16 folders with ...
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automator to run AppleScript for a shell script

For a selected file in Finder, I like to run a perl script using Services. I created an Automator process that runs an AppleScript: on run {input, parameters} tell application "Terminal" ...
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Using Hazel or AppleScript to Convert Word to PDF

I use Hazel to sort and rename files. I would like to use Hazel to automatically convert Word docs to PDF. I think this best way to do this is with AppleScript. I have searched extensively online, but ...
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How to run an AppleScript whenever a VNC connection is established?

I want to run a script whenever any user connects remotely to my Mac. I've Googled a bit about it but no perfect tutorial is there. I am less comfortable working with OS X.
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How can I update iTunes Match from the command line?

I use iTunes Match to access my iTunes library at work. I added some new music to my library (back at home) recently, but I forgot to run the "Update iTunes Match" command to ensure that the songs ...
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applescript to find contacts that are not in any group

I have been using a script that does not work anymore in mountain lion even though I have changed the words "address book" to "contacts". If you select all the contacts, and then use the script, it ...
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How to display the MiniPlayer in iTunes with AppleScript?

I use an Automator workflow to open iTunes at startup, etc. I'd like it to open the MiniPlayer window. I don't see a function to do that in Automator. How could I do this with an AppleScript script? ...
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How to avoid the GUI password prompt when using `osascript`?

I’d like to use the osascript shell command to run some AppleScript, but I’d rather avoid the GUI password prompt. Instead, I’d prefer to run the script as sudo from the command-line, so no GUI ...
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AppleScript and Finder - How to detect an “empty” selection when copying paths to the clipboard (Expanded Question)

I'm trying to build a Service that does the following: If some folder/files are selected in Finder, copy (all) the paths to the clipboard If nothing is selected, copy the "Path" of the window. ...
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Automate taking a screenshot of specified area

I am trying to use automator to take a screen shot of a specified area. Though I can only find the option of taking a screenshot of a windows or the entire screen. Is there a option to to this with ...
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How to ask for a mail folder in applescript?

I apologise in advance since this will be a long question. I hope that somebody with applescript knowledge can help me. I am transferring whole of my Windows machines to Apple and I am stuck with one ...