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

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Manage Finder favourites with defaults write or similar?

I've been unable to find any preferences list file with the locations for the 'Favorites' list shown in the Finder sidebar. No luck from likely candidates com.apple.finder and com.apple.sidebarlists. ...
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Set firmware password with AppleScript

I'm try to set a firmware password on a MacBook Air running El Capitan using the following one line script: do shell script "sudo firmwarepasswd -setpasswd 123456" The command completes ...
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Execute macros or scripts based on Magic Trackpad 2 Force Touch

I’m looking at getting a Magic Trackpad 2 with Force Touch, but want to know if I can create macros for the Force Touch actions? I’m not taking about the the built in basic Apple support, but full on ...
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AppleScript sending Mail messages before file attachments are attached in El Capitan

I have a Workflow that runs an AppleScript which attaches spam emails as file attachments and sends them to ASSP for processing. It's been working fine, but apparently something has changed in El ...
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Date calculation in AppleScript. Week numbers and their start date

I want to write an AppleScript that creates projects in OmniFocus where their defer date and due date is set to any weeks' start and end day. The result should look like this: weeknumber: day1. ...
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Find Contacts by address type

I just mass-added and edited about 500 contacts from my archives, and I would like to set the address type for some of them from other to home. I'd like to search by address type for all contacts ...
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Can softwareupdate be used to automatically download (but not install) on the terminal?

Could the Terminal command softwareupdate be used to download (but not install) any MacAppStore updates, say with a scheduled Calendar running an Automator/AppleScript script?
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Reformat URLs using Applescript or Automator

Currently I have a process that downloads image URL from a website. Then I filter out URLs I don't need and am left with a list of good image URLs. I want to reformat these URLs by adding [IMG] ...
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How to use Automator & AppleScipt to ask Pages to export as PDF?

Here is my workflow: (it's a service) However the workflow keeps giving me error: Can't continue input. I would appreciate it if anyone could tell me what's wrong, thanks!
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Duplicating and renaming Finder selection to the same folder in one clean step?

Is such a thing possible? I have this code which can do the above: set now to do shell script "date +%Y-%m-%d' '%H.%M.%S" tell application "Finder" set finderSelList to selection as alias list ...
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Applescript toggle to do This, this time, and That, next time?

Let's say I have an Applescript that does THISCODE. And I have another Applescript that does THATCODE. I always run them in sequence, but never at regular intervals. In other words, whichever one I ...
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Get notified by notification centre when someone ssh's into my computer?

I know that if I open Terminal and I type inwho, it shows who is logged in and at what time, etc. However, I am not going to be at Terminal all day and keep typing who. So, I would like a notification ...
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Trigger an action when a specific video file plays? (VLC)

Objective: I have a VLC playlist. Whenever a new video begins, I'd want it to trigger my Philips Hue lamps to change lighting settings. The lighting settings are pre-made, with specific names, and ...
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How to use Applescript to find duplicate files and .mp3 files in my iTunes “Music” folder and subfolders?

I recently moved my iTunes music library onto a new computer set-up by copying the "iTunes Media" folder onto an external HD and then onto my local disk. When I opened iTunes for the first time, it ...
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Wrapping youtube-dl into automator via applescript

I am hoping to make an automator application that prompts the user for input (i.e. youtube url), and downloads it using youtube-dl (already installed via Homebrew). After this, I am trying to use the ...
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Activate desktop using Applescript

Basically, I have this short script to "clean up" the desktop. This is the code: tell application "System Events" tell application "Finder" to activate desktop delay 0.1 tell process ...
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Interact WITH a running Applescript script/program without leaving the current program (Hotkey, sent keystroke etc)

(I asked this on Stacksoverflow before discovering this Apple specific sub-forum. I hope cross posting is accepted when done in a more relevant forum) The general question from my specific problem is ...
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Is there a shortcut or way to use code, to do anything at all with the item currently highlighted by Command+F?

Title pretty much says it all. Also if anyone knows how to drag and drop something into a browser using any language or command(s), please share. To be clear i'm talking about something like this: ...
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Look Up - AppleScript command

Is there an apple script command for the "Look Up" action/service? If not, what would be a decent way to mimic it? If you don't know what I'm talking about it's the popover when you three-finger ...
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Script to start my VPN if I'm connected to a specific Network / SSID [El Capitan update]

I'm searching an AppleScript to automatically start my University VPN if I'm connected to the University network. I already found some solutions for older OS X Versions, but they're not working ...
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AppleScript - extract a string of characters from similar filenames and group into a folder with that string as the name

I have a folder full of files like this: SA-2A05_3.psd SA-2A05_4.psd SA-2A05_5.psd SA-2A05_6.psd SA-2A05.psd SA-2A06_3.psd SA-2A06_4.psd SA-2A06_5.psd SA-2A06_6.psd SA-2A06.psd and I want to create ...
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Applescript - how can I select all *non*-folders in an expanded list view window?

I am trying to write a script which will select all non-folders in a given Finder window which is in List View and has revealed/expanded all sub-folders (see image). As there tend to be many more ...
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How can I get the window bounds for “Adobe Illustrator” in AppleScript?

Apparently, Adobe doesn't have a single mechanism in place for people using a laptop and additional monitors with their products. As an Adobe CC user who primarily works from a laptop that connects to ...
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Make an XML iTunes Library working in a NAS server

I recently bought a QNAP NAS (TS-251) and everything is working fine. I'm now on the iTunes part of my setup and here is my tricky situation. I have a personal library I'm backuping that I would like ...
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Using the option key in Apple Script.

I am working on a script that puts in strings of text into a document, and I was wondering how you would have apple script input the keystroke "Option-Return"
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Is it possible to modify the behavior of Finder UI elements with AppleScript?

I wrote an AppleScript that scans my entire iTunes library and tags those files with their Genre (so I can easily access them in Finder by just clicking the right tag). The next step on my list would ...
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AppleScript “can't get menu item” error

I am looking for some help on correcting this error: error "System Events got an error: Can’t get menu item \"Clear History...\" of menu \"Safari\" of menu bar 1 of process \"Safari\"." number ...
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Help converting Apple Script to Shell Script

This Apple Script works great to mount the logged in Active Directory users network homedrive as a mounted network drive but we currently have it running as an App at login via "Login Items". ...
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AppleScript editor to connect and disconnect again to specific server

I's trying to write an AppleScript to disconnect and connect again to specific server: tell application "Finder" mount volume "smb://serveraddress/sharename" as user name "username" with ...
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How can I import a text file of emails into Mail?

I have thousands of emails from the nineties that were exported as a text file that I'd like to import into Mail. I'm looking for a way to do that directly or indirectly. I'm assuming it will require ...
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Click a tab item in system settings using AppleScript in Automator?

I'm trying to create a shortcut to start system preferences and open the sound settings in the "in" tab. So far I have started system preferences and opend up the audio settings, maybe not in the ...
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Process not running but app shown in dock

I have an applescript that runs automatically and relies on the application "Contacts" to be running. Occasionally, it fails when the "Contacts" process mysteriously disappears from the activity ...
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How do I set a textfields string to a variable in AppleScript?

I want to set the text in a text field to a variable, in this case called variable1. Here's the part of my script. on button836_(sender) set variable1 to quoted form of POSIX path of (choose ...
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Using Apple Script to Manage Sound Output Selection

I am brand new here and I have an additional clarification or need additional help for an issue from this thread - Applescript: "can't get tab group 1 of window" (El Capitan) In my ...
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Applescript for specific System Preferences pane

I'm trying to write an applescript to get me to a specific section of the system preferences - Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services and hopefully to a specific service as well. I've gotten a part of the ...
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What are the variables needed to access focus properties in split screen view?

What are the names of the variables (in terms of Applescript variables or otherwise) that track the currently focused application, the layout of applications in spaces, the currently focused space, ...
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How do I get Automator actions for Microsoft Powerpoint and Word?

I'm trying to set up Automator with a folder action to convert any Powerpoint or Word documents I drag into it to PDFs. I found this question: How do I script Powerpoint to save a directory of PPTX ...
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Adjusting screen brightness based on application

Is there a way to trigger some apple script based on applications/events? What I want to do is to increase brightness when I am running videos etc. fullscreen, and reduce it when I exit the ...
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Applescript - Getting Property of an Object Not Working

The dictionary for Messages states that the application has a "chat" element which has the property "updated". My goal is to get this property, and here is my code: tell application "Messages" ...
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AppleScript to find currently open Gmail tab and Compose new email

I'm trying to modify the following script to compose a new email in an open Gmail tab: https://github.com/mobjack/MacChromeCalendarFocus This simple script finds the Chrome tab with Google ...
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Can Safari's download popover window be made wider?

How can the max. width (fixed width≈425) of Safari's download-popover-window be made wider? Is there a way to get at Safari's "download pop over window" in any way so its max-size is larger than 425 ...
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Specify an OpenVPN connection name for Tunnelblick using AppleScript

I'm attempting to use AppleScript to tell Tunnelblick to start a VPN session: tell application "Tunnelblick" disconnect all log state connect "Torguard.United.Kingdom" log state ...
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Delete / archive mail with similar title on arrival of specific title

I'm a programmer and for every ticket/issue/bug I get an email. Now I would like to automate some of the tasks relating to those emails. I already set up subfolders and mail rules to keep me from ...
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Unmute audio input (microphone) in OSX programatically

OSX 10.10.3, also reproducible on 10.8, doesn't seem to happen on 10.11 Reproduction steps Go to System preferences > Audio > Input Set input volume to 0 (this is important) Run this script in ...
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Execute arbitrary script when iTunes plays new song?

I want to execute a script when iTunes plays a new song. I have looked at Automator as well as the iTunes Library in Script Editor, but don't see anything that will allow me to do this. Any ideas?
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Automator service script ALWAYS launches application, disregarding conditional

I wrote a little service script to open an iTerm terminal window on an arbitrary folder on Finder. I want it to check if iTerm is running, and if it is to open the terminal session in a new tab ...
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Why am I getting “Error -1,752” when trying to save in Script Editor?

I'm trying to edit a script in ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/Mail. When I attempt to save from Script Editor I get The document "Reply.scpt" could not be saved. (Error -1,752). It doesn't seem to be ...
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Why is the 'on open' handler running twice per invocation of my droplet?

I am experiencing an issue in my 'on open' handler in a droplet. It actually gets called twice for certain combinations of files, like it's trying to process them in parallel. on open weblocs ...
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Adding Line Break to Email Body Content of Mail.app Message Generated in AppleScript

I'm currently using the below script to send out an email with a specified subject, attachment, and body message: on run argv set theSubject to (item 1 of argv) set theAttachmentFile to (item ...
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Automating VPN switching

I can us a VPN app like tunnelbear to appear to be in other countries, but is there a way to do this in a bash script or applescript? I want to be able to run automated tests on my iOS apps (in the ...