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

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How do I enable “Announce the time” programmatically?

The "Date & Time" System Preferences pane has an option to "Announce the time". I'd like to be able to turn on this preference option by invoking a shell script. Is this possible? (It's fine if ...
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Why won't my AppleScript run as a Service?

I have a simple AppleScript that works exactly as expected when run on its own, ether as an app, directly from within ScriptDebugger or Script Editor, or as an element of an Automation from within ...
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Mail.app in Lion - is there a way to create tasks from email?

I'm not sure if I haven't seen that in earlier versions of Mail.app, but I would really love to have the ability to create a task in iCal from an email - and that this task could link to the original ...
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How can I bring a window to frontmost without focusing it using Applescript in OS X 10.8

I want to bring a window (QuickTime for example) to frontmost, without focusing it. I can do it in OS X 10.7 using the following code in Applescript. tell application "System Events" set visible ...
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Is there a way to have AppleScript output displayed in the menubar?

Before reading further: I know about butler and similar programs. I am looking for a BUILT-IN way to do this without a third party app. Anyway, I wrote an AppleScript that runs a shell command. I ...
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How do i pass variables' values between subsequent applescript runs? (persistent value between script executions)

I have an applescript that I run like a cron job. Within this applescript, i have variables that act like boolean switches (i.e. on/off values). With subsequent runs, depending on whether the boolean ...
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Trying to use applescript to launch cmd line 3 scripts in new tabs

I'm trying to launch 3 tabs and run a script in each with applescript. So far I havent been able to get this done. Currently I have: tell application "Terminal" activate do script "ping ...
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Does applescript's 'delay' function work when the computer is asleep?

I'm trying to make an alarm clock for myself with AppleScript after my old (physical) one crapped out. I've got a script that'll schedule a pmset wakeup at the requisite time. There's just the matter ...
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How do I display a hyperlink with an AppleScript?

I am trying to get a URL via AppleScript, then displaying it as a clickable link via a window. How do I do this? (if I need to use Xcode for this, please add the answer, but provide detailed ...
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AppleScript to tell Adobe Reader to close a certain document

Adobe Reader has N documents open. One of them has a known filepath and title and it needs to be programmatically closed. How to go about doing this in AppleScript? Specifically, how can I: Talk to ...
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Applescript to monitor terminal changes

I want to be able to check if a word appears in a terminal window running a java application and then display a notification. Any ideas?
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Finder list view, change column with to optimal with using AppleScript

I'm trying to create an AppleScript script that resizes the columns of Finder's list view (e.g. Name, Size …) to their optimal width (i.e. the minimum width where all text in the column is visible) on ...
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How can I automatically launch an application whenever the Mac goes idle?

Is there a way to launch an application, such as Transmission, every time the computer goes idle (instead of sleeping)?
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Applescript app to shut down Mathematica at a specific time of day

I have the following workflow that I need to execute on a daily basis for a period of days: The computers start at a specified time, Mathematica and a specific Mathematica notebook launch and ...
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An iTunes Applescript that appends to tag only when it doesn't match part of the tag string?

I'm trying to find a way to add a keyword or group of words/tags/strings to a set of selected iTunes tracks if they haven't been added. A use-case would be to add extra metadata in a comment such as ...
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Is there an AppleScript or Automator action to quickly edit Info for Video in iTunes?

I ripped the DVD set of a television series to my iMac. But now, the filenames are weird and there is no meta info. In Automator, I see there is an action to edit Info for a song. That's great, but ...
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Open a folder in default browser

I have many web projects that I develop on the localhost. Normally to get to these one has to navigate from the root directory or bookmark the url. I want to be able to open an OS directory/folder in ...
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Deleting all songs in a given iTunes playlist using Applescript

I'm working on a script to manage my "queue" playlist in iTunes and wanted an easy and fast way to quickly delete all songs in that playlist. Applescript seemed the best option and I created a little ...
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How do I write an AppleScript which auto reconnects to Wi-Fi?

Sometimes I need to download very big files from the internet using torrents (I'm using Transmission) and the Wi-Fi always drops. I bought several routers and modems and none of them work. I've been ...
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How do I run an OS X command script on remote Xserves from a desktop OS X script?

The answer to an earlier question, Access and control home office network, iMacs, and Xserves, left me with a new problem. To review, I have a computing environment comprised of: 27" iMac with dual ...
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Where is the date and time preference data saved on Mac?

I need to check programmatically whether Set Date and Time automatically is checked or not on a Mac System Preferences. I didn't find any .plist file that contained this information, can anybody tell ...
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Forwarding a mail as a fax using Applescript and Mail

I am using the Mac's fax function and that works just great. I would, however, like to make an Applescript that gets called from a Mail rule. For example, when the Subject is something like: ...
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Toggling page views in Skim

When right-clicking on a document in skim there are two very useful options: Single Page (good for presentations) Single Page Continuous (suitable for reading) Is there a way to define a shortcut ...
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AppleScript and Growl: How to choose the display style?

I'm using AppleScript and calling Growl notifications and I notice that it ignores my choice of using Bezel as my system default style. It only changes if I manually change it in Growl's preferences. ...
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Applescript array of applications

I have a script that reload the active tab of an open browser, but I want it to do with all opened browsers. Is there a way to make a list/array and use it in this code? This code works with one ...
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Can I write an Automator/AppleScript script to download all the iTunes app updates?

This is related to How can I tell iTunes to always download free updates I would like to write a script to tell iTunes to download all the free app updates available, and have that script run ...
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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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How do I click a button using AppleScript?

I'm trying to press a button in TeamSpeak using applescript, here is my code: tell application "TeamSpeak 3 Client" to activate tell application "System Events" tell process "TeamSpeak 3" ...
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AppleScript vs. Bash script?

I'm a long-time Windows "power user" and developer who has recently decided to move over to Mac OS X. On OS X Lion and indeed previous versions there seem to be two main options for scripting and ...
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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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How to find out which file triggered an action from spotlight

I've created an applescript application (in automator) to open ssh urls. The application is bound to the ssh:// url. I've got a lot of user@host.inetloc files and search these in spotlight. Selecting ...
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Print folder contents with non-standard printing settings

I want to print all files which are dragged to a folder. Easy to do with Automator. But I want to specify more settings for the print, namely to print the items two times, to use paper tray 2 instead ...
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How do I reliably get the file name of the current background picture?

Latest Lion update broke a simple Geeklet osascript that used System Events to lookup of Background picture names. Running the associated command from the terminal returns the same name, every time, ...
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Using Automator or AppleScript to encrypt/decrypt with OpenSSL

I would like to know how to use Automator or AppleScript to create a droplet that would compress/uncompress (tar.gz) and encrypt/decrypt with OpenSSL files and/or directories dropped in it. The ...
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Automatically Mount a Network Drive and Copy a File to a Network Folder (AppleScript)

I've a rather complex task to solve. I don't use OS X, but now I have to provide some colleagues with a simple application that automatically copies a certain file to a network folder. Normally I'd ...
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What are some good resources for learning how to AppleScript with Xcode 4.3.2?

I AppleScript quite a bit and I'd like to start working with Xcode 4.3.2, so that I can expand the functionality of the things I'm writing. However, I have no idea how to use Xcode, nor how to ...
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Is is possible to format an Applescript dialog?

I am writing an AppleScript and I'd like to be able to format text in a display dialog box. For instance, I want part of the text to be bold or italic. How can I do this?
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How do I close the source of an AppleScript application?

When saving an AppleScript as an application, you can view the source by looking in the package contents. Recently, ruddfawcett posted his AD search application he made with AppleScript and the source ...
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AppleScript to display the VPN status bar area icon

I am trying to write an AppleScript to connect to a VPN service. Once connected to the VPN, I want to display the VPN icon in the status area of the menu bar. I've gotten as far as connecting to ...
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Simple auto-typer with AppleScript

I want to make a small application that will type the number 1, wait an interval, type the number 2, wait an interval, type number 3, wait an interval, etc. This works for typing one number over and ...
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How do I return the number of the current window in Chrome and open a new tab in it?

I am writing an AppleScript in which I need to get the number of the current window of Google Chrome and open a new tab in it. I want something like this (pseudo code): set curWindNum to the current ...
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Ejecting USB drive via AppleScript does not make drive power down

On startup, I eject my external USB disks with the following AppleScript: try do shell script "diskutil eject \"/Volumes/USB Backup\"" end try This works as expected: the drive powers down. ...
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Why is my applescript for checking if a file exists failing?

I have an applescript application that inputs a username and starts a download based on that username. In the app I use the code below to check if a file exists already and then rename the file if it ...
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Applescripting ODBC

Is it possible to interact with an ODBC connection within AppleScript? Or must one break out into another process (e.g. Python, Perl, etc)?
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Where can I access official AppleScript documentation?

Is there any official AppleScript documentation? If so, where can I find it?
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How can I use an Applescript from within a program?

This question Is there a way to add all of the recipients of an email to a group/folder in contacts from Mail? seems to have an answer that would be useful for me, but I don't actually know how to use ...
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Run AppleScript after waking from Sleep?

Is there an easy way to run an AppleScript or application immediately (or a brief delay of X seconds) after waking up from sleep? I'm looking for a solution that doesn't involve a 3rd-party app.
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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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Modifying “User interface sound effects” with applescript

Good morning all, I would like to be able to turn the system sounds on my mac off (and back on) with an applescript activated as an extension for Alfred. I have little knowledge of applescripts but I ...
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Using applescript to control an application which does not support it

I want to control an application that does not have an Applescript api (simfy). I would like to pause it via an Alfred command, but for this I need to use scripts. This application is build with Adobe ...