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

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Use Applescript/Automator to select a window highlighted in the Finder

I have an applescript which extracts the name, associated process and and other information about a target window. As of now, the script selects the target window via a "choose from list" dialog that ...
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Applescript “expected then but found identifier”

At present, I have a very simple bash script which calls osascript -e a bunch of times; it looks like this (newlines added for readability): #!/bin/sh osascript \ -e 'tell application "Terminal" to ...
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Need assistance with AppleScriptObjC conversion from AppleScript

I need to preface this with the statement that I am not a programmer, so I need to be talked down to. I have done what I described below using guides and lots of trial and error I have a functioning ...
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How to make automator run an applescript that turns of mac?

I want to make an applescript that taps the apple in the corner, taps shut down, and then taps shut down. I can't record it, since it actually involves shutting down the computer, making the script ...
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Applescript variable not being passed

I have a basic applescript to request a user's input, then pass the variable into a path for mounting a volume: display dialog "What is the first letter of your last name?" default answer "" set ...
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Prevent VPN Disconnection message OSX

When my computer wakes from sleep, it tries to reconnect to my VPN network before the Wifi connection is fully established. The result is that nearly every time I get this message, "You were ...
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Need help with applescript and wolfram alpha interface

Okay so here's my code... My question is, can I determine what type of data it is before grabbing the text, because if I search something like "how many tablespoons in an ounce, it just gives me a ...
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Applescript or Automator service that automatically trusts certificates

I would like to know, if there is a way to make an Automator service or an Applescript that automatically trusts a root certificate. If possible without a prompt for password or Admin privileges. ...
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Applescript for multiple find/replace using separate masterlist

I am trying to create a script to extract a list of data from column A on document 1, and then use columns A & B on document 2 as multiple find/replace data. Everything works in so far as ...
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How can I use Applescript or any other utility to send a daily text message to my bank?

I have searched and I find a lot of results for specific methods of sending an iMessage with Applescript, but they all seem to contain extraneous code for specific needs that I don't need. I'm ...
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How to check if invisible items are visible?

How do I check in AppleScript, if invisible objects are visible? If visible, do: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 0 in invisible, do: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles ...
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Is there a way to get a list of all currently running program's window titles with AppleScript?

I'm looking to write a script which outputs a list of all the window titles of all the currently running programs. Is there any way to do this with AppleScript? I tried running the following code: ...
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“activate application” for Hidden Application

How might I activate an application that is hidden from the OS X Dock? The following only works for applications that are displayed in the Dock. activate application "Firefox"
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Applescript and Shell: how do I insert a variable?

I'm using the following code to set a Philips Hue bulb with specific hue, saturation and brightness using Applescript. It works perfectly. set TurnOnBulbA to the quoted form of "{\"on\": ...
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How to use AppleScript application with “open file -a AppleScriptApp”?

Some information about what I am trying to achieve I am using emacs inside of terminal. I know about existence of cocoa versions of emacs (like GNU Emacs for OS X, Aquamacs and Emacs Mac Port). But I ...
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Global keyboard shortcut to switch to an application (to use with Emacs/Aquamacs)

Like in iTerm, I'd like to be able to set a keyboard shortcut to switch to an application, which in this case would be Aquamacs. This would be really useful to know in general. Would an Applescript or ...
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How can Apple Script open a shell script with options in a Terminal window?

I’m trying to use Apple Script to execute a shell script file in a new Terminal window, while sending it options. How do I do that? It seems as if Terminal only interprets the path to the script, and ...
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Can launching an app trigger the launch of another app?

When I launch a specific application in Mavericks I'd also like to automatically launch and execute another one. Is it possible/how?
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how to re-enable services in an app (Microsoft Remote Desktop in particular)

I am fairly confident I could use the service below in MRD before. I am not sure when I lost them, maybe it is related to the Yosemite upgrade (I noticed this on 10.10.0) or some recent MRD update ...
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Mission control: switch to desktop1 + show desktop

I'm bored of pressing 2 key shortcuts need to write a script that tells mission control the following: if not at desktop1, switch to desktop 1 perform "show desktop" (windows will be ...
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iTunes 12: How to cycle through View Options with script/shortcut?

I'm trying to writing an applescript that cycles through Songs, Albums, Artists, Composers, Genres, and back to Songs. There is nothing in applescript Dictionary with regards to this, so I have to ...
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How to periodically run a script/command when a specific application is being used?

I would like a certain applescript to run every 10 seconds but only when a specific application is being used (i.e. both being the front application AND the mouse or keyboard being used in the last ...
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Apple Script not running as expected

The following is an applescript which is meant to take the body of the latest email and extract text out of it. As you can see the result is shown below. This result is show as the script was running ...
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AppleScript to Delete Folder

I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice on how I can use apple script to delete this folder? Users/user1/Library/Application Support/Skype/tankitan
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Focus most recent window of pid without requiring accessibility approval

I currently use this AppleScript to try to set focus to the most recent window of a PID, in example here my pid is 450. tell application "System Events" set frontmost of the first process whose ...
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Get the process id of the app, which called the service

I have an service in automator, which is binded to the Safari ,no input option. Now is there any way for the service in automator to get the process id of the Safari, which called it ? New to ...
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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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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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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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Where does Applescript Event Log go when run under Launchd?

Or, how to log from an AppleScript (saved as application) and/or view the Event Log? None of the AppleScript's log statements can be found. I have tried adding the following to the launchd plist: ...
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Banning domains temporarily from local access

I need to control myself. So far, I was using a Windows device for work, where I would simply reroute Facebook, news sites and similar to 127.0.0.1. In near future, I will have to use the same device ...
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How do I get system_profiler output from a lot of machines in a network?

I need to have a script that will execute "system_profiler -detailLevel full" command in a remote mac machine. While this is going on, the user on the remote machine should not know that there is ...
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Search for a folder using applescript

I am trying to make a folder to go on a server, that people can add photos to and then the script sends them to the correct place, however I'm having trouble with the search part. As you can see ...
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Is there a way to extract contents from AppleScript file without using AppleScript editor?

I have a bunch of applescript files I need to run but some that were running yesterday are not running today. Applescript is showing me this beautiful message. When this message is shown, console ...
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AppleScript to save active Microsoft Word document IFF there is one

I use this with Keyboard Maestro to automatically save the front-most document in Microsoft Word whenever Word deactivates: tell application "Microsoft Word" if it is running then save ...
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Running second Google Drive Crashes constantly on OSX Mavericks

I have been trying to get a second instance of Google Drive to run under another user on my MBP running Mavericks. I have been following the instructions here ...
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Why does this AppleScript not run in Outlook?

I would like set up an inbound rule in Outlook to run applescript on certain messages. However the rule fails with the following message: While processing message "Test" (ID 39523), the rule ...
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How can I locate in iPhoto an image selected in the Finder?

This is essentially the reverse of this question: given that I have selected an image in the Finder, is there an applescript or similar tool which will open iPhoto and highlight this file in the ...
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How Can I Copy files to a Mounted Drive using AppleScript?

In what way can I copy home folders (Documents, Pictures, Movies, etc...) to a mounted drive without using the POSIX function in AppleScript?
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Mail rules with Script Warning message

I am getting so fed up with this: It is too real not to make the mistake in a moment when I am not fully on alert (and to be hones that stresses me out), and I want to use my powerful Mac to ...
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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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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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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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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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Windows positioning with applescript

I want to set the position of some windows to certain coordinates. In particular I have 4 possible positions that those windows should have. For example if I have 4 windows opened I want them to go ...
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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 - “Close tabs to right of current tab” in Safari 7

I have been using the AppleScript below as an Automator service in order to get Safari to close all tabs to the right of the current tab. However I have updated to Mavericks (10.9) and find that this ...
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How do I save a screenshot with the ISO 8601 date format with Applescript?

I am building a script that saves many consecutive screenshots. I would like to save the files in the ISO 8601 date format.
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AppleScript: Find all instances of “Folder” and list the contents in a drop down box/list

I'm trying to make a script I can use to find all instances of a folder, be it on the root drive, external drive or mounted networked storage, and list all the contents in either a drop down box or a ...
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How can I make a .command file that I can share without giving permissions on each computer?

I have a terminal command that I would like to run. telnet 169.254.216.127 54326 Ideally I would like to convert this into a .command file and be able to share it with many other mac users ...