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

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Mail.app in Lion - is there a way to create tasks from email?

I'm not sure if I haven't seen that in earlier versions of Mail.app, but I would really love to have the ability to create a task in iCal from an email - and that this task could link to the original ...
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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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Using applescript to lock screen

I need an applescript which locks my Mac in the same way pressing "shift"+"ctrl"+"eject" would. I tried two different approaches, but both failed. The first one was to search the internet for a ...
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What is the Applescript command to show or hide iTerm2 window

Does anybody know the Applescript command to show or hide a iTerm2 terminal window? I use iTerm2 in a guake style command window and currently using one window and many tabs. My use case: I managed ...
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How to capture mail.app message url that will remain persistent when message is moved?

So mail.app has this wonderful message:// URL scheme, which works great—until the message is moved. Then links created sometimes work—and sometimes don't. I can't figure out the difference. So my ...
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Toggling wi-fi on and off

I need an applescript that will toggle wi-fi off and on at set intervals, say every 10 or 15 minutes. I'm using a 2012 MacBookPro running 10.9.5.
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Emulating associative arrays in AppleScript

A problem that would be trivial to solve with key=>value pairs. For each item in list_a, find the matching item in list_b and compare a single attribute (calculate scale ratio for two sets of images). ...
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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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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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Make a FaceTime call using AppleScript

Is it possible to initiate a FaceTime call with "+1 (###) ###-####" when I execute an AppleScript? Does FaceTime support AppleScript and how can I automate the start of a call?
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Use one AppleScript to toggle on and off (1 or 0)

I'm wondering if there's a simple way to use one AppleScript program to turn something on and off. Basically I want it to do this. Check current pmset sms if sms = 0 then do shell script sudo ...
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Display IP address in an Automator alert

I am running an Automator script to launch SFTP on my Mac when double-clicked. Here’s the script: do shell script "sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist" with ...
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How to open a new Terminal tab in current working directory?

I want to create and run a bash function that: cd into a project's directory Open a new tab in Terminal in the same directory Open my dev tools and start dev services Item #2 doesn't work as ...
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How to close applications on sleep?

I have a password management application (KeePassX) of which backup I sync over Dropbox across several computers. However the password database can be open only on one computer at a time for file ...
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“@” symbol in password in applescript

I am using an applescript to mount a users home folder. However, when I use a password with a "@" symbol the script fails since the "@" symbol is also the separator between the password and ...
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Save attachments from Mail.app based on subject

I have been trying to write an Applescript to help me saving attachments, but realized quickly that I do not have the knowledge to do such a difficult script. Here is some background. We receive ...
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Create playlists for full albums in iTunes (i.e. albums with all songs)

How could I create playlists for all of the albums in iTunes for which I have all of the songs? Assume that track number & track count metadata is accurate where specified, and don't worry about ...
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Can Safari's download popover window be made wider?

How can the max. width (fixed width≈425) of Safari's download-popover-window be made wider? Is there a way to get at Safari's "download pop over window" in any way so its max-size is larger than 425 ...
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How can I avoid permission-related failures when importing in Photos.app via AppleScript?

The new Photos.app does not come with Automator support (although there are third-party actions available). It does, however, have some basic AppleScript support, including support for importing a ...
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Osascript Compile Application

Is there a way to compile an an applescript from the command line similar to the following.
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AppleScript: Press Enter Every X minutes If Terminal is Open and Application Has Been Idle for X Minutes

I am new to AppleScript and am attempting to use it. If I am using Terminal and if I have not pressed a key for x minutes I want my Mac to press the return key. It is to repeat this process every y ...
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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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Have Voiceover read out just paragraph or sentence under cursor

I work with a disabled user who controls their iMac using keyboard and mouse input from their communication-aid. They have dyslexia and would like to use voiceover to read certain paragraphs or ...
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Get notified when battery is charged

Is there a way to write a custom apple script or any other way to get a Alert or Desktop notification when the battery on my Macbook Pro reaches a certain percentage of charge?
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How do I return the number of the current window in Chrome and open a new tab in it?

I am writing an AppleScript in which I need to get the number of the current window of Google Chrome and open a new tab in it. I want something like this (pseudo code): set curWindNum to the current ...
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AppleScript to display the VPN status bar area icon

I am trying to write an AppleScript to connect to a VPN service. Once connected to the VPN, I want to display the VPN icon in the status area of the menu bar. I've gotten as far as connecting to ...
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Run AppleScript after waking from Sleep?

Is there an easy way to run an AppleScript or application immediately (or a brief delay of X seconds) after waking up from sleep? I'm looking for a solution that doesn't involve a 3rd-party app.
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Combining Finder's File Open/save dialog with Alfred

Finder's Open/Save File dialog is actually very dumb (in terms of flexibility). When I look for a file or its location, I can probably find it much faster using Alfred. However, in many cases, you ...
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LaunchBar script that returns the path of a folder “dropped” on it

I want to make a LaunchBar script that displays in a dialog the path of a file or folder that's chosen in the first pane and then "dropped" on a script. But I can't make it work. I've got a couple of ...
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Is there a way to turn on and off the Mouse Keys feature using AppleScript or a terminal command?

I'm running Mac OS X 10.7.2. Is there a way to run an AppleScript or terminal command that quickly turns on or off the "mouse keys" feature under the Universal Access tab? Ideally I'm looking for a ...
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Is it possible to switch to a specific keyboard layout via `defaults`, *.plist or similar?

I have figured out a workable shell script using osascript (AppleScript) to automatically switch to US keyboard layout when MacVim activates (triggered by Keyboard Maestro), and Swedish layout when it ...
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How can I remove a portion of from the middle of a movie?

Quicktime Player help: With QuickTime Player you can quickly remove a portion of the beginning or end of a movie or a movie clip to make it shorter or remove unwanted content. I want to ...
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How can I have a fixed order of the menu-extras?

Like the OSX menu items for wifi, battery... I would like to be able to have a permanent order of the third-party menu bar items. I do not want to mix OSX with third-party menubar items, I simply ...
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how to send scheduled mails with Mail?

I would love to send mails in my apple mail scheduled! What is the most comfortable way to do that? only method i found: http://homepage.mac.com/aamann/Mail_Scripts.html (but this is quite tricky + ...
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How preserve JPEG date stamps during Automator scaling?

Automator services embedded as a context menu are a great way to quickly scale down JPEGs in the finder. Right click the file, choose your scaling script, done in seconds. The problem is it ...
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Get notified by notification centre when someone ssh's into my computer?

I know that if I open Terminal and I type inwho, it shows who is logged in and at what time, etc. However, I am not going to be at Terminal all day and keep typing who. So, I would like a notification ...
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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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Mirror number of unread mails in title bar

Is there a way to show the exact number of unread mails from the Mail.app icon also in the title bar? Note that this is not the same as showing the number of unread mails in inbox, since I can change ...
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How can I obtain app energy impact data from the command line or applescript?

Does anyone know how to access the "Energy Impact" data used to determine "Apps Using Significant Energy" displayed in the battery menu bar? I'd like to use it in a shell-script/applescript.
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Using Hazel or AppleScript to Convert Word to PDF

I use Hazel to sort and rename files. I would like to use Hazel to automatically convert Word docs to PDF. I think this best way to do this is with AppleScript. I have searched extensively online, but ...
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AppleScript and Finder - How to detect an “empty” selection when copying paths to the clipboard (Expanded Question)

I'm trying to build a Service that does the following: If some folder/files are selected in Finder, copy (all) the paths to the clipboard If nothing is selected, copy the "Path" of the window. ...
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Cleaning up birth years 2000 in my Address Book

A few years ago (or actually, more likely, in 2000), for some reason, birthdays that didn't have a birth year (but did and do have correct month and day) were automatically given the birth year 2000 ...
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Are there more robust tools than Automator to extract text from multiple PDF?

There is an action in Automator that allows you to programmatically "Extract PDF Text", but it fails when fed a moderate amount of files (25 to 100). Worse, it fails without logging anything helpful ...
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Is there a maximum length of metadata that can be written in one xattr command?

Is there any text length limitations for how long text can be put to xattr? I plan to put my AppleScripts source code to script files so Spotlight can find it. Using Finder Comments isn't an option ...
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How to go to tab 5 in Safari? (AppleScript)

Is there any way to go to tab number 5 in Safari? tell application "Safari" to set current tab of document 1 to 5
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Applescript giving error 1728 when checking if file exists

I'm trying to make compressing a video file using HandBrake easier through applescript and have been basing most of the code off of templates I've found. At this point in the code, the user has ...
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Can I run an AppleScript upon my 3G modem connecting?

I'm looking for a way to run an AppleScript after my 3G modem is successfully connected to the carrier. The modem is using the standard OSX network panel to connect, so it's not using any crappy ...
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Problem with my applescript to export keynote files to powerpoint

I've a big problem with an export applescript. I would like to export many keynote files to powerpoint files. I found this script below, but there is an error that tells that the menu item ...
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Using UI scripting to enter text in a file dialog

I am very, very new to using AppleScript. I need to enter text into the search box. So far the script looks like this: on run {input, parameters} tell application "myApplication" to activate ...
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Does applescript's 'delay' function work when the computer is asleep?

I'm trying to make an alarm clock for myself with AppleScript after my old (physical) one crapped out. I've got a script that'll schedule a pmset wakeup at the requisite time. There's just the matter ...