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

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How Can I Create a Multi-Line Input Dialog using Applescript?

How can I create a multiline text input dialog using Applescript? Creating a single line dialog is simple...
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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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Opening new Terminal.app window/tab with a certain profile from command-line or AppleScript?

When I login to my Mac, I want to automatically open a new Terminal.app window with a certain profile, say Monitor, that has a startup command and several appearance settings. I thought it would be ...
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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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Transfer labels (“tags”) from a SMB share to an AFP share

I had a SMB share from my NAS (based on illumos aka OpenSolaris, I used the kernel CIFS) and now I installed Netatalk for better performances. The metadata apparently cannot be read back, that means ...
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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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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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What is the Applescript command to show or hide iTerm2 window

Does anybody know the Applescript command to show or hide a iTerm2 terminal window? I use iTerm2 in a guake style command window and currently using one window and many tabs. My use case: I managed ...
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How to maintain focus on app window with AppleScript

I am trying to launch my scanner application using AppleScript. I have it launching the Printer app and I know how to send the keystroke command but when the Printer window opens it does not have ...
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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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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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Can I download all pictures on a page?

Is there a way I can run a script with a certain web page as the argument that will download all the images from there?
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Applescript giving error 1728 when checking if file exists

I'm trying to make compressing a video file using HandBrake easier through applescript and have been basing most of the code off of templates I've found. At this point in the code, the user has ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 AppleScript be used to downloading files from a web page?

I want to write a script that searches a web page for an updated file, then downloading it when detected. There is no command I have found that does this, accept Automator's download URL function, ...
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What's a way to run an automator/bash/applescript command right when a laptop starts charging and right when it stops being charged?

I'm trying to automate running a background application only when my laptop is charging to save battery. So it will launch when I plug the laptop in, and quit when I take it out.
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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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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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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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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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Applescript code to simulate Command and Shift keys

I am handicapped and use Dragon Dictate 3. I need to take control of my Mac with Dragon, because I am not be able to use the keyboard. I need to know some Applescript code to do that. How could I ...
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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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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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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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Exponential Slowdown of Applescript

So I've been working on a simple AppleScript to try to help with managing my e-mail in OS X's Mail, and I have it seemingly working just fine with one major problem; the performance of the script is ...
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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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How do I automate a key press in AppleScript?

Is it possible to automate the key press of a key (such as "a" or "<") in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari (in this order)? I'd like to automate the key press of "a" for example in Mozilla ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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Applescript click action working, but generating a System Events error

I'm working with an AppleScript that turns off (but does not quit) Hazel. The script works fine but generates a syntax error. Here's the part of the code causing the error: tell application "System ...
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Applescript Command as Specified User to Delete All Files in a Particular Folder

I am looking at using the POSIX path to delete the contents of a particular folder on users computers but it must be performed as a particular user. I can deploy the script silently from my side ...
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How do I create a scheduled task that deletes files of a certain name everyday?

Our voicemail system sends our messages to us via email as mp3 files. When I download the file, it comes down as "message.mp3", but of course OSX will rename them "Message (x).mp3" when you have more ...
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How to Identify Safari Javascript Alert Dialog using AppleScript?

In a particularly 'pesky' website, a dialog box pops up to block (or cover) automated entry of the userid input box. I have used the following code attempting to get a reference & to close this ...