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

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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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Run a program/script when the screen is locked or unlocked

Is there a way to run a specified script or program when the screen is locked or unlocked? Ideally a bash function or an AppleScript. Is there an event that I could subscribe to that would allow me ...
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Folder Action for hiding files according to type

Here's what I need. I need a folder action that hides files according to their extensions. (I do not need a folder action that hides extensions for visible files.) This action needs to apply to every ...
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How to set a custom icon inside a signed Apple Script application?

I'm using Apple Script to distribute a signed applet, and would like to use a custom icon. However, as soon as I export it from Script Editor, the bundle loses the custom applet.icns file I put in it. ...
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How to differentiate between applications with the same name in applescripts

I'm trying to use tell application "Google Chrome" in order to script the OS X Chrome app, but this keeps being interpreted as referring to a virtual application with the same name which refers to the ...
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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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Alfred Terminal / Shell Command does not work

In Alfred, if I type > ls must open iTerm2 with that command. Well, does not work for me. In Application if I select Terminal instead of iTerm2, works. If I select Application → Custom, it ...
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Applescript, OS X : How to Get a list of phone numbers from Contacts, and send an iMessage with Messages App? Halfway there I think..?

I am trying to create an applescript that will grab all of the labeled phone numbers of 'mobile' and 'iPhone' from the every contact in Contacts App (specifically the phone numbers from the iCloud ...
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Script Editor.app: newlines are formatted as CR rather than LF

I often use the builtin Script Editor.app to write, compile, and debug AppleScripts before I copy/paste the polished code into a shell script (with #!/usr/bin/osascript). That said, one really ...
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Applescript: path to files in application's Resources

I'm new to applescript and coding. I'm trying to make a little Applescript application that plays an audiofile contained in the .app, using: do shell script "afplay " & quoted form of ...
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How to add keyboard shortcut to toggle F1, F2, etc. as standard function keys?

I saw an AppleScript on Github to automate toggling F1, F2, etc. as standard function keys, but I don't know how to install it to my system and trigger it via a keyboard shortcut. Help? I am running ...
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Access OS X Yosemite “Share Menu” extension through Apple Script

I'd like to make an Alfred workflow that would send a file as an attachment through Airmail. I noticed that Airmail has a "Share Menu" extension to do just that. Is there a way to access this ...
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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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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 I script my mac to reboot and login at a specified time?

Can I use shell scripts, AppleScript, or some other form of scripting to get my mac to reboot and login at a specified time? If so, how?
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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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How to open a shell script in a new Terminal window and run it with administrator privileges

I need to programmatically open a shell script in a Terminal window and run it with administrator privileges. I'm using osascript as it displays a convenient prompt for an admin login/password. I'm ...
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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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Creating an account and sending mail using applescript

I'm trying to use applescript to do two things: Create an account in Mail.app Using that account, send an email in Mail.app I'm having an issue with creating an account on Mail.app mainly because ...
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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 ...
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How do I make an AppleScript use a Folder in the Contents of a Bundle for an alias on the Desktop?

I'm trying to write an AppleScript to make a temporary alias on the desktop from a folder that resides in the Bundle's Contents:Resources folder and then execute a terminal command that has an ...
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Automatically update Outlook details when password is changed

We've set up our Macs to use Mobile Accounts, so that the passwords get changed and these changes are reflected on our AD server. The problem we're having is that our clients use MS Outlook 2011, ...
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AppleScript to read all notifications in the Notification Center OSX 10.10 Yosemite

It seems like the following AppleScript is no longer working in the latest version of the OS X 10.10 (Yosemite): on run tell application "System Events" tell process "Notification Center" ...
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Applescript Searcher problem

The AppleScript code: on dialogBox(theMessage) display dialog theMessage default answer "" buttons {"Cancel", "Search"} default button 2 with title "Pick a search engine" end dialogBox ...
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Finder Menu Services No Longer Working

In Pre-Yosemite, I had some finder menu services (i.e. Right-Click, see 'Services' in menu, hover over, and you'd see Services created in Automator) that I made. As a developer, these were very handy ...
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Embed or link or set reminders or alerts in OneNote pages

Currently running OS X Yosemite. I've come to rely upon OneNote for Mac (despite all my misgivings about Microsoft anything). I've started to use it as a Bullet Journal and it works great for this. ...
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How do I collect all of my notes and highlights from iBooks?

I've got a lot of highlighting and notes in iBooks that I've read, and would like to be able to collect them in one easy to use and manipulate format (e.g for writing papers and citing quotes). For ...
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VPN Auto connect Notification

I have used the VPN auto connect option via Applescript [see code]. It works like a charme there's only one problem. Every time when i open my MacBook I get this [see printscreen] notification. A few ...
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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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Changing trackpad scroll direction with AppleScript in Yosemite

I prefer "natural" scroll direction when using my MBAir trackpad, but "unnatural" when using the mouse. I frequently switch back and forth depending on where I'm working, so I've been using a bit of ...
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Change Managed, Mobile Account Password through script?

Wondering if anyone has worked with something similar before - we have a number of Mac laptops connected to an Active Directory server, and on first login users create a Managed, Mobile account. When ...
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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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AppleScript-sent messages pop up as unsent drafts when trying to quit Mail

I have a spam processing script that I use to forward spam messages as attachments to my spam filter using the 'send' command in AppleScript. Everything processes and delivers fine, but later when I ...
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Toggle Bluetooth AppleScript not Working in Yosemite

Prior to upgrading to Yosemite, I used Keyboard Maestro to invoke this Applescript with a shortcut: tell application "System Preferences" reveal pane "com.apple.preferences.Bluetooth" end tell ...
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How to get the first name of the recipient to be auto-added to new messages in Mail.app?

I'd like new messages that I create, including replies to messages I receive, to automatically get a "Hi <name>," inserted in their first line. <name> should be the first name of the first ...
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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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Folder Action Script stop working after Yosemite install

I have an AppleScript that worked fine with Mavericks: on removing folder items from this_folder after losing lost_items repeat with i from 1 to number of items in lost_items set nameOfLostFile ...
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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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How do I Launch an Applescript with a Hotkey Without Automator?

I'm running Yosemite and looking to launch Terminal with a keypress in any application. One solution was creating a Service in Automator that launched terminal and assigning a key to it in System ...
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“New mail message” action in automator not working

In the description of the action "New mail message" in automator, it says that it will send a mail message with the text that I have set as input as the body of the email. That is not happening. In my ...
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How to make a colour clicker using AppleScript?

How can AppleScript be used to make the mouse cursor search for a colour on the screen and click on it when found and return to its starting position after? How to make a script that can do this ...
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How to programmatically get the path to the wallpaper on the active desktop?

I'm trying to get the path to the wallpaper in the active desktop. However, I'm having trouble reliably getting this. The following sources indicate that ~/Library/Application ...
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Can there be different passwords for the same account that prompts a certain reaction from Applescript?

Can I set two passwords for the same user account so if one password is entered the computer opens up normally, and if another password is entered, Applescript locks certain applications from opening? ...
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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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Have Automator folder action pass a list of files to AppleScript

I need to pass to a .jsx script (a Photoshop script written in JavaScript) a list of image files as arguments when they are added to a folder. According to the Adobe documentation, you can call a .jsx ...