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

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How to iterate through iCal events in Applescript

I am trying to iterate through the events in a calendar to copy them to another: tell application "iCal" set localEvents to events of calendar "localCalendar" set remoteEvents to events of ...
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Automator script doesn't show up in services menu

I made an automator script to help me to assign LaTeX indexes to words in TexMaker. It would convert a highlighted word test to \index{test} test. This is the little script: on run {input, ...
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Programmatically catch app opening / closing

Is it possible, via an AppleScript, a background service or daemon, or any other programmatic way, to catch the following events: a specific app (eg Aperture, Excel ...) being launched, an app being ...
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Mac Outlook 2011 - moving folders from On My Computer to Exchange Server

I've just noticed a very odd peculiarity about using Mac Outlook 2011 with an Exchange server. I am hoping to write a script that will allow me to highlight a folder On My Computer and move it onto ...
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Applescript to click green (zoom) button with Option down

Based on Applescript - the activate command makes application "half-active", I wrote the following Applescript which would allow me to click the green (zoom) button at the top-left corner of ...
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How to use Numbers to generate pdf on a web server and then email it out?

I have an issue. My client loved the report I generated using Numbers on Mavericks OS X. The bad news is that the data is being processed on a ubuntu machine running python and django. I want to ...
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Automatically sort Finder items based on file type?

I work in video production, when a new job comes in we use Post Haste to create a new directory with our folder structure and default files included. What I'm looking to do is automate the process of ...
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Applescript commands to move an app window to a specified space

I’m trying to write an applescript to launch all of the applications I typically have open, then move them to the desktop on which I typically put them (for example, my mail client is on desktop 4 and ...
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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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AppleScript: Select a specific drop down menu item?

folks. I'm incredibly new to AppleScript...just starting to open up my world to coding, and thought I'd start here. (I did BASIC back in high school. haha) All I'm trying to do is set a font type ...
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Activate the frontmost Safari and run Javascript

I'm trying to run Javascript on the Safari, whose frontmost is true. tell (application "Safari" whose frontmost is true) to do JavaScript theScript in current tab of first window But I get an ...
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Run Javascript on specific Safari using Applescript

There will be many Safari browsers running in my machine. I want to execute the some javascript commands on specific Safari using the PID's. I have the code in applescript for it here: tell ...
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Yosemite Mail “Load Remote Content” from senders in my contacts

I would like Mail on Yosemite to load remote content from senders in my contacts and not for everyone else. I have remote content disabled now and I have pieced together an AppleScript to click the ...
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Is there a tool or scripting approach to change the arrangement of displays?

I move my monitors around a bit during the day. Specifically I rotate them or move my laptop to different positions. Each time I have to open up System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement and make ...
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Add a word count feature that determines pay (for freelancer paid per word)

I am a freelance writer and I frequently use Pages to draft my articles. I appreciate having the word count on the bottom of the document because I am often paid by the word. Periodically, I'll see ...
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Applescript to update MP3 Spotlight tag from iTunes tag

Here is my situation. I have a large iTunes library that has songs tagged with the "Year" in iTunes. I have a Hazel Rule for the noodlesoft hazel software which reads from Finder's "Year Recorded" ...
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Using automator, sort objects by type into type folders, inside subfolders

long time no ask! Anyway, I've been tasked with a project that involves sorting folders into new folders based on type. I've been working on an Automator action, but I haven't had much success. What ...
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AppleScript: Force Google Chrome to open just one tab

on run {input, parameters} do shell script "open -n -a /Applications/Google\\ Chrome.app 'http://website.com' --args" return input end run This is the script that I'm using, but I don't know ...
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Using 'kMDItemContentModificationDate' in 'do Shell Script'

I want to find files modified on a specific date. It is not important what time of day they were modified. I tried the following and got an empty list (no error): set theFolder to (choose folder) set ...
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AppleScript - mdfind kMDItemTextContent script to find specified content from display dialog query

I have this AppleScript find all documents whose content matches the text 'theMessage' and it works perfectly fine: set matchText to paragraphs of (do shell script "mdfind \"kMDItemTextContent == ...
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Applescript - Check if a specific window pops up, then do this

I'm building an Applescript that launch FileZilla, then import a queue from an xml file. The problem is, when a download was previously started and the file already exists on the disk, FileZilla pops ...
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Key stroking fn + f8

I need to make an applescript to press the keys fn + f8 at the same time. The only problem is those are both keys without names! tell application "System Events" key code 63 -- Will press the fn ...
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AppleScript referencing tabs suddently breaking on Chrome

I've been successfully using a script for a long time, which uses Chrome to calculate execute some javascript and return the result. tell application "Google Chrome" tell window 1 tell ...
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AppleScript from Terminal unrar command

I would like to know if it's possible to make an AppleScript of the following terminal command(s). cd unrar e -r -o- *.rar && find ./ -name “*.r*” -delete Also, I would like to know if it's ...
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Applescript not returning string

I have a list called num. I have converted it into a string. I want to return that string so that the next action called "New text file" in my automator workflow can get the string. This is my code - ...
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Changing app icon in order to change mini window icon

I have an app bundle on my desktop. I change its icon by changing the icon in its /Contents/Resources/ folder. This updates finder. However I am trying to update the dock. I have figured I can ...
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How do I mount a network drive based on my IP address or wifi network?

When I am at work, I mount a number of shared drives to use during the day. At home, I mount drives on my home network for home use. Is there a way that I can automatically mount the correct drives ...
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How to suspend a virtual machine using AppleScript (when hibernating the Mac)?

I need an application, which will: Activate Parallels Desktop While holding Opt, select 'Actions > Suspend' Activate SmartSleep Minimize SmartSleep Click 'Hibernate' of menu item 'QuickSleep' of ...
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iMessage speech (applescript) timing out after upgrade to yosemite

When I receive an iMessage, chat or Message on my desktop (iMac), it is read out loud. After the upgrade to Yosemite it does not work. I continue to receive the message that "AppleScript timed out." ...
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Programmatically Change Screen Saver “Start after” time

I would like to change the time before my screen saver starts based on WiFi network. I am running Yosemite (10.10.1). I will use Keyboard Maestro to trigger the action. I need to find the correct ...
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Click on a button (that is not a button ?) with Applescript or Javascript

Okay, relative newbie here, but I have searched all the answers and tried most of the suggestions and cannot find a way to automate using Applescript or Javascript within Applescript to click a button ...
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Applescript not working anymore with Yosemite Mail Rules

Here is the script that use to work pre-Yosemite. Now it's doesn't work at all. Anybody have any suggestions on how i can get this to work? using terms from application "Mail" on ...
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Applescript read specific data out of iWork Numbers

I am trying to get data out of a table in Numbers. I have an index number, I need to get the name associated with it in applescript. (Eventually I need to set names of files with one of columns of ...
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How to get a value from a list with a string in AppleScript?

What I try to achieve is that the dialog should output the IP adres that is in the list. set ipList to {DNS1:"8.8.8.8", DNS2:"8.8.4.4"} set input to "DNS1" set output to input of ipList display ...
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Trigger function key using applescript

I'm trying to trigger a function key using applescript. The increase volume 'key' for example. I wrote the following applescript but it isn't effective: tell application "System Events" key down ...
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Automator: Verify connectivity to server, if yes, then copy files to server. If no, wait until available

I also asked this question on the Apple Discussion forums, but have had no replies.. Details required: I'm already able to copy files to/from server.home (Windows 2008 r2) via SMB, both within the ...
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Automator: Delete source images after importing them is not working

I have an automator script that takes photos from a particular folder and adds it to a particular album in iphotos. One of the function block used is Import Files into iPhotos. with the option ...
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imagesnap code not doing what it should

I edited most of this code from the website below (not a hyperlink because I'm just giving credit. http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20100117064356428 So fairly simple script just build a ...
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Can I configure calendar alarms from automator before they are created?

In automator you can make calendar alarms that are ridiculously useful. One that I often use is a little automation that will create and send an email whenever the calendar alarm is triggered by the ...
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Hooking into establishing Wi-Fi connection on Yosemite

Is there a way to hook into the process of establishing a Wi-Fi connection for executing some arbitrary actions (i.e. scripts or something) on certain events like connection established, connection ...
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Mac Reset Password Prompt/Script

So, I'm setting up Mac's for new users. I create their profile and give a default password (the same one) to each new user. My question is, when the user goes into the computer for the first time(it ...
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Backup mailbox of mail.app with applescript

I would like to automate, with applescript, the back up a mailbox of mail, which is manually done with the menu "Export mailbox ...", but: I can not set the folder where the mailbox will be saved; I ...
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iTunes/Applescript: get all tracks from (incomplete) album

I try to write an Applescript that would sort playlists by album. That is, a playlist P might contain 20 tracks split on 4 albums (A1, A2…). Each album has 10 tracks, in other words, on this playlist, ...
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Error in applescript “Invalid index”

I have an automator workflow which works fine except for a part of it - applescript. This is how the workflow goes - Run applescript (this part works fine) - on run {input, parameters} tell ...
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Click a checkbox by knowing its position

I'm in the need of clicking a checkbox without knowing its name (it changes randomly, but its position remains the same). Is it possible to click it just by knowing its position? I've tried this ...
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How to move automator “Folder actions” workflow to desired folder?

Similar topics was discussed here. But the solution provided there was to right click on file name and select location (Automator 2.3), however that option was not present in Automator 2.3. ...
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Apple Script help - how do I tell OS X to not launch a specific app during a specific time period?

How do I make an Apple Script (or something similar) that will tell OS X "do not launch/run (n) app from (x1) time to (x2) time?" Thank you.
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Automator Apple script: expected end of line but found “”"

I'm trying to run a simple Apple script that opens iTerm2, cd to a terminal and launches a command. The script goes like this: on run {input, parameters} tell application "iTerm" activate ...
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How to check is Chrome is running in incognito mode using Applescript?

Is it possible to find out if the Chrome is running in incognito mode? if application "Google Chrome" is running then tell application "Finder" to display dialog "Chrome is running" // ...
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How do I accomplish the same task of a Bash script with an Apple script?

The following BASH script was written for a self-contained bundle, I would like to write an Apple script to accomplish the same thing, also in a self-contained bundle. How can I convert this BASH ...