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

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Toggle Finder sort order with AppleScript under Lion 10.7?

For years I've been using this AppleScript to toggle the sort order of a Finder window: if sort direction of column id size column of list view options of window 1 is normal then set sort ...
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How to disable individual USB ports by script?

I am looking for a script which will allow me to disable one specific USB port on my Mac mini. It would only serve a purpose if it works in real-time and didn't require a reboot. I've found scripts ...
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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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How do I create a Folder Action Script to tar items dropped in folder?

I would like to drop/copy files/folders and have them compressed then copied to my desktop. This is what I know so far... and it isn't much so any help would be appreciated. on adding folder items to ...
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Problem with empty spaces when executing shell commands in AppleScript

The following code to purge a directory recursively does not work because I cannot get past the Application Support folder. try do shell script "rm -r ~/Library/Application\ ...
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Automating ffmpeg using Automator Service

I often use ffmpeg off the command line to convert video files into mp4 on my Mac (running Mavericks). Do note, however, that I am NOT re-encoding my videos; am just changing the container from an avi ...
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Is there a fast way to change proxy setting?

On my laptop I usually have a ssh connection open and use the remote machine as a proxy server just so that all my network traffic is over ssh. I know that it's hopeless and we're all doomed, but it ...
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Automatically quit Terminal when typing exit

Scenario I use terminal to SSH a lot, however would like the Terminal App to quit when the last Tab closes using exit. I already have the terminal window itself set to close on successful exit, ...
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A programmatic method for disabling all sharing services?

I'm seeking a programmatic method for disabling all the sharing services on a Mac. My preference is for an AppleScript or a shell script. I'd like to have the services shown in the picture below ...
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How can I trim the first 3 characters in file name with AppleScript?

Is there a way to trim off the first 3 character of multiple file names? (or last 3 characters)
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Programmatically/Script-atically changing the default Open-With setting

Is there a way to change what app opens a file type programmatically/with a script? Basically, sometimes I'm working on a web site, and I want to set all web files to open with a text editor (*.php, ...
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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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Applescript: “can't get tab group 1 of window” (El Capitan)

The following is an applescript that I use to change audio output devices: tell application "System Preferences" activate set current pane to pane "com.apple.preference.sound" end tell tell ...
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How do I focus a specific window with applescript without doing an activate and bringing other windows to the front?

I'm looking for a method w/ AppleScript to select/focus a specific window of an application without actually doing an "activate" which brings all windows to the front. Here's what I have so far: ...
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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 can I stream audio to multiple computers at the same time?

I'm trying to stream music to different computer's speakers simultaneously. Currently I'm doing this by physically timing the start of the song on each computer. Are there any built in utilities or ...
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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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How can I find the intersection of two lists in AppleScript?

Let's say I have two lists in AppleScript: set listA to {"red", "green", "blue"} set listB to {"green", "blue"} I'd like to create a third list that has only the items present in both lists: set ...
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How to make a simple app from an applescript!

I've got an applescript that I use to open files such as test.txt in vim, using the terminal. I usually open a file by right-clicking it an selecting the service open in vim (this service is created ...
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Why does this applescript not actually set the input volume to zero?

I have this command that builds a script to mute the input volume. The input volume is not fully muted, though. It seems to be closer to 10% than 0%. osacompile -x -e 'tell application "System ...
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List of (activated) fonts with shell command in os x

Is here any shell command for getting the list of activated fonts? Mean something like: some_font_util -activated -format 'file: name' for getting a list of activated fonts in a form: ...
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Run Command Line Script from Finder's contextual menu

I have a shell script that deletes exif data from images. I would like to right-click the folder with the images and execute the command from the context menu. How can I do this? The Shell script ...
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AppleScript : Set do script result as variable

I would like to get the result of this search and display the result in a notification or safari popup. " set result to do shell script "curl https://www.binlist.net/json/" & cc without altering ...
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Variable not defined not sure why

For some reason "the name of thePath" comes up as not defined by my automator workflow. on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" set thePath to the (first item of the input) ...
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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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Execute a custom script when OS X 10.8 is in Power nap?

Apple new feature of OS X 10.8 in new Macs "Power Nap" checks email and does make backups. Is it possible to execute a custom script (bash, AppleScript,...) when OS X 10.8 is in Power nap mode? For ...
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Using applescript, how to move a window to my second display?

I have experimented with absolutely every possible scripting option I can find on the web, and no matter what I do I cannot move a FaceTime window to my secondary display. This works... tell ...
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Command-line voice recognition with Mac OS X

How can I do voice recognition on Mac OS X from the command line? Details: % When I look in ~/Library/Speech/Speakable Items, I see many files, like "Tell me a joke", whose contents are: ...
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How to Listen For an Application Launch Event on Mac OS X

I wrote an AppleScript to mount a bundled sparse disk image. I want this script to be executed exactly when Time Machine launches. I can check if Time Machine is running with on idle statement, on ...
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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 ...
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AppleScript to show package contents of hidden original of alias

I'm attempting to build an Automator workflow (which will be saved as a Service, so that I can both access it from contextual menus and invoke it with a keyboard shortcut), that will function much ...
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osascript to set secondary desktop background?

I have been using this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC -//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd> <plist ...
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Set a keyboard shortcut to clear all tracks from the Up Next queue in iTunes

I am looking for a way to assign a keyboard shortcut to clear all the tracks from Up Next queue of iTunes. Does anyone know a way to do this? Using Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4
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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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How to register AppleScript as default web browser in Yosemite?

This is essentially the same question as How to register an AppleScript as a potential default web browser?, but the solution there doesn't seem to work on Yosemite (LSIsAppleDefaultForScheme no ...
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enabling/disabling Internet Sharing with terminal in mac osx 10.9.2

The problem is setting the internet sharing with CLI instead of GUI in Mac OS 10.9.2 I followed instructions as per this thread Start/stop internet sharing from a script? including both CLI and ...
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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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AppleScript Editor : comment line shortcut?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to comment lines in AppleScript Editor ? The common Cmd+shift+/ does not work here.
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AppleScript to make the preview image become the master in Aperture library?

Recently I accidently deleted the folder that contained most of my Aperture library (I didn't think they were refenced, I assumed they were all in my library file, but unfortunately this was not true) ...
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How can I make this Apple Script shorter? (quitting multiple apps via tell)

I want to edit a part of an Apple Script to quit various applications at once: tell application "TweetDeck" quit end tell tell application "Google Chrome" quit end tell Over all there are ...
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How do I use AppleScript to reveal a file in Finder from its POSIX path?

I'm trying to create an AppleScript snippet that locates the current random wallpaper and reveals it in Finder. I have the following snippet which finds the current wallpaper's POSIX path as a string: ...
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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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Allow application to control computer (assistive devices) on Mavericks via Terminal?

I'm currently working on automated instalation of Mavericks 10.9. I have NetBoot set up. Everything works OK untill I want to execute Applescript. Since the release of new version I need to manually ...
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How to make an existing AppleScript file to work as a service?

I made an AppleScript, saved it as a file in a specific folder on my hard drive. Now I want to assign a shortcut to it and looks like I have to make a Service via Automator, but the Run AppleScript ...
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Is there a definitive reference or introspection capability for Applescript?

Is there some canonical place I can find a reference for the scripting capabilities various things have in AppleScript? For instance, I'd like to automate iTunes a little bit. Looking around on the ...
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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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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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How can I write a script to open multiple terminal tabs and execute code in them?

I want to be able to open the terminal application and have it either automatically run a script that opens several tabs and run an arbitrary set of commands in each. For example I would like one tab ...
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Script to change downloaded mac wallpaper automatically?

I want to change my mac wallpaper daily with microsoft bing images. I found this script that download the daily picture automatically, but I sill have to set the wallpaper automatically. Is it ...
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Show Results of Automator-Terminal command

TL;DR If I create a .app via Automator, how can I show results of a shell script in a dialog or terminal window? I am using Automator to run a shell script adb install /Directory/$1.apk and if I ...