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

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Sort Finder columns reversed

I can't get this reversed thing to work: Tell application "Finder" to set the sort direction of the modification date column to reversed
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/bin/sh: rm: command not found

I have problems with some applications that use AppleScript shell script feature. For example, Growl's uninstall scripts shows an error: error "/bin/sh: rm: command not found" number 127 The source ...
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AppleScript “Kill” Command Error

I am attempting to run an AppleScript every 24 hours to close a running application and restart it. I have used the following code successfully with other Apps: repeat delay 84600 set app_name ...
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Software to record and playback mouse movement/clicks and keyboard presses?

I was wondering if there was any software out there that could record mouse/keyboard input and allow you to play back the input that was made? I've tried using Automator but for some reason it's not ...
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Automatically press a key every 60 seconds

Is it possible via Automator, an app, applescript, etc. to automatically press a key (i.e. "g") every 60 seconds?
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Applescript to retrieve account and password using keychain scripting

How can I use keychain scripting to write a script in Applescript that retrieves the login and password of a website from the login keychain, given the website's URL?
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Undocumented applescript functions

Is it possible for an application to have undocumented applescript functions. Commands that do not appear in the Applescript Editor Library for the application? Is this common? Is there someway to ...
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How do I create an AppleScript that will quit an application at a specific time and then put the computer to sleep?

I've been toying around with AppleScript and Automator to get this thing to work, but I just can't seem wrap my head around it. If anyone could show me an example or give me some tips on how I can set ...
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Creating wrapper script for Mail.app to send mail from Terminal

I'm trying to send mail from terminal with the help of bash and applescript. I use bash for taking care of arguments and the email message body. Then I have tried using Applescript to send the mail ...
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When MouseKeys are on, how do I click or move the mouse using AppleScript?

This post suggests that the command tell application “System Events” to key code 37 in AppleScript should move the mouse pointer one pixel down and to the left if run when MouseKeys are enabled. In OS ...
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Osascript error

I was messing around with some external libraries, and for some reason when I enter any Osascript command, I now get this error (before it did work): 2011-09-07 19:13:43.306 osascript[1083:707] ...
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applescript (osascript) for changing Terminal.app profile

Is here a way to changing the Terminal.app profile from the command line? Here is already couple of questions about changing colors, but I need change the whole profile from the "Basic" (what is my ...
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String of variable has a space - how do I escape spaces?

I'm working on an applescript that pulls old Time Machine backups and places them into a new folder. But if the old computer name has a space in it, that causes an issue in the do shell script ...
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Change keyboard whenever iTerm is selected

Using either Applescript or Automator is it possible to switch the software keyboard(Input Source) to a certain keyboard(input source) whenever iTerm becomes foreground? Scenario is as follows I ...
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How can I automate GIF to PNG with Preview using AppleScript?

I have a GIF file but I can open it only with Preview because it is a little bit ruined (GIMP or other programs does not open it correctly but it works with Preview). I want to export it to PNG ...
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How do I link/call an actual shell script saved within an Applescript app?

What's the correct syntax in the Applescript below to make this app run by double clicking on it rather than how it runs now by just running the Applescript in the AS script editor? The Shell script ...
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Applescript for deleting desktop files upon logout

I'm completely new to Applescript and currently very busy at work. I don't have time to learn it, I will once I find some free time, so I decided to ask you, the experts, for help. I need an ...
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How to swap command and option modifier keys with a script in OS X Lion

I use a PC usb keyboard with my macbook. So, I've gone into System Preferences > Keyboard > Modifier Keys... and swapped command and option for the usb keyboard. This puts those keys in the ...
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Automator: Correct syntax for calling an AppleScript file

I'm attempting to write an Automator application that will mount an external disk. I have an AppleScript that does the job and I'm attempting to insert it into an Automator application. However, ...
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Add AppleScripts to Git repository

I have a few AppleScript files that I would like to share with the community on GitHub. The files are located in two distinct directories: ~/Library/Scripts ~/Library/Application ...
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Set size of window to exact pixels, and place via x, y coordinates

I would like to create a tool that allows you to set windows to exact sizes on the pixel scale to be able to have more precise screen divisions. For example, if I had four Terminal windows (and I ...
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How to get screenshot only external monitor?

I there any way to screenshot only external monitor screen? do shell script "screencapture -x " & shot_path
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How can I set up a shell script as a wrapper to the main executable of an app?

I have an application that I want to launch via a shell script that does some setup and then launches the app itself with some specific options. Ideally, this script would be run whenever the ...
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How can I see how long my computer has been active (as in not idle)

I've seen a variety of solutions to check how long my machine has been idle, and I know I can check how long since last reboot with uptime, but I'm curious if there's a way to see how long since my ...
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What are some good resources for learning how to AppleScript with Xcode 4.3.2?

I AppleScript quite a bit and I'd like to start working with Xcode 4.3.2, so that I can expand the functionality of the things I'm writing. However, I have no idea how to use Xcode, nor how to ...
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Can you (semi-)automatically rate all songs with at least X plays with Y stars in iTunes?

After reconsolidating my music collection in iTunes, I’m curious if there is any way to programmatically set star ratings based upon the number of plays, but only for songs that I have not yet rated? ...
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How Can I Restart in Windows Using a Script?

I'd like to be able to reboot into the Boot Camp partition without needing to go change the Startup Disk in System Preferences or holding down the Option key at startup. After reading some stuff on ...
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How do I use Applescript with Keynote?

My first Problem: For some reason the Applescript Editor is not able to pick up events when recording from Keynote'09 (I already turned on the acessibility options). The Editor stays blank for all ...
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Force a file to overwrite instead of appending

I've got an application that won't overwrite a file with the same filename. It will only append the filename with a 'space 1'. If I write a file more than once I get something like this: ...
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AppleScript or Automator Workflow for Bulk-Converting Powerpoint Presentations to Keynote

I have a large set of Powerpoint presentations that I would like to convert to Keynote. I can convert each one manually by following these steps: In Finder, right-click Powerpoint document and ...
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How to use the built–in VPN Server on Mac OS 10.6.6

I know that Mac OS 10.6.6 has a built in VPN server that one can access through command line. Is there an easier way? Can I make an Automator or AppleScript program that starts and stops the built–in ...
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Trim filenames in automator w. shell or applescript

Why doesn't this work? (The automator is in swedish but the parts are: get selected finder objects - get folder contents - run shell script) I want to trim the first three characters of the ...
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Possible to automate entering star ratings and play counts for identical/duplicate song in iTunes?

I'm in the process of replacing my low quality <192 kpbs MP3s into either 320 kpbs MP3 or ALAC files in iTunes. Right now my routine is to import the new HQ files to iTunes, go to "Show Duplicate ...
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list box in applescript?

I'm trying to have users pick a department from a list box. And then that choice is stored in a variable as string. How can I do this? I have code written like this: set deptList to {"dept1", ...
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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 ...
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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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Applescript to copy folder (and contents) to current location?

I am trying to create a button on my Finder toolbar powered by applescript to make a copy of a set folder (e.g. /Users/James/doc) and all files/subfolders within it to the current location in Finder. ...
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Why does “if exists” fail with a false positive?

The file, "Test.file" in the below code does not exist, yet the script returns true. Why? What am I doing wrong? set thePath to (path to application support folder from user domain) if exists ...
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Create hotkey to insert text

I want to create a hotkey command that insert this text "/" in whatever application I'am The reason is because I'm a developer and I use the / symbol a lot, the problem is with my keyboard layout, ...
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Run script before restart/shutdown

Is it possible to execute a script/command right before OS X is shutting down or restarting? I'd like to run sudo apachectl stop to stop apache from auto-starting.
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Change the icon of an applescript-called notification

With OSX Mavericks we now can make notifications with applescript pretty easily. However, there doesn’t seem to be a way to change the icon that appears to a custom one. Is there a way to accomplish ...
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Check for Existence of File then Move Rename Old File and Move New One

Here is what I am attempting to do: I have a folder which contains a script and a file. The file is an older copy of a file located in this path: ...
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osascript “set bounds of window” not working after Mavericks upgrade

I have a number of bash functions I run at the beginning of each day to start work. They all look pretty much like this: mind() { osascript -e 'tell app "Terminal" do script "ssh -A ...
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How can messages be scripted whenever I open a specific application?

Say I want to start Safari on my Mac. Can I create a pop up message that reads, "Use Chrome instead" or some other thing? I presume it may be possible with Applescript or something, but don't know ...
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Applescript to run when iPhone connects/disconnects

I'm trying to figure out how to run an applescript when I connect and disconnect my iPhone with the USB cable. So far, I think I can run an applescript when it connects by using Image Capture ...
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Automatically forward “Starred in Gmail” messages to OmniFocus

Summary: I would like to create some sort of an automated process where any messages that I 'star' in Gmail (aka 'flag' when using Gmail via IMAP) will automatically be added to OmniFocus, and then ...
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What techniques work to handle errors in AppleScript so I can place a dialog?

I'm new to programming and AppleScript and I have lots of problems with error handling. Could anybody share their error handling for file operations like move/trash files? Here is my code so far: ...
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How can I script Preferences changes in an application?

I want to use applescript to change a checkbox in the preferences box of Safari. I can open the preference window, but how to code the check box change? Example: I'd like to toggle the check box for ...
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Applescript click automation in Google Chrome browser?

Hello fellow programmers! I would like to save some applescript code as an application, so that when I open the application it will go to Google Chrome and answer an incoming call in Google Voice. I ...
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Inconsistent results when getting folder size in AppleScript

I'm using this line to get the size of a folder: set thesize to physical size of folder x The problem is that sometimes it works, other times it doesn't, and it's very annoying because there ...