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

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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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Mac Automator App: How to Set Folder

This is probably something simple but its driving me crazy... I was just able to build my first automator workflow, which is quite basic and uses the Subtitles application to download subtitles for ...
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move a file, replacing existing (if any), ideally by putting existing in the trash

I am trying to find a way to automatically (without user intervention) move a file from A to B, replacing B if it exists, ideally by putting the existing copy of B into the appropriate Trash folder. ...
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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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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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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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Color picker as app in Yosemite

As of upgrading to yosemite the apple script choose color no longer works. The color picker app launches but the eyedropper doesn't function. Does anyone know a work-around for this?
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Create intelligently parsed reminders from applescript or automator

I have found that I can programmaticly create reminders in Reminders.app from applescript or using automator on the command line, but I'd like to be able to do so while taking advantage of the ...
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Is it possible to disable Safari extensions when using Private browsing?

I recently switched from Chrome to Safari for a few choice web applications, and I found that I couldn't disable extensions like Lastpass when browsing privately, at least not apparently, like I could ...
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How to simulate multiple mouse clicks while holding the mouse button?

I want my mouse to rapidly auto-click when I hold the left mouse button and to stop as soon as I release the left button. How can I do this? I have searched for hours, I didn't find anything! Is ...
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AppleScript/Automate Mail Tasks

I've been trying to help a coworker automate a weekly email compilation he sends out but haven't yet been able to figure out how address a few specific areas...first I'll explain the situation, then ...
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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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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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How to embedded apple script in a link in HTML?

I tried to embedded apple script in a link in HTML, but all it does is brought up the Apple Script Editor Application with profiled script in it. I want it to execute after I click on the link - so ...
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AppleScript To Manipulate VLC

I want to do a script, that it can launch VLC player, and in VLC player "Open a file", then "Select a folder", then click on "add" then "play" it. I think that Automator can't do this. But ...
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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 in OS X 10.10 to Resize Safari window and take Screen Shot of that window and repeat with multiple sizes

I would like to build an AppleScript Application that when run will do the following: Open up Safari and navigate to a specific URL, or a line delimited file, or CSV. This is not required but would ...
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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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Automount afp Volume with AppleScript

I know this is similar to other open questions about mounting network drives, but this one is slightly different. I have an AppleScript that runs at startup that looks like this: tell Application ...
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Including Python Script Dependencies (virtualenv contents) in Platypus

I'm trying to turn a python script into a OS X App that you can run directly from Finder. I'm trying out Platypus, which seemed like the simplest option. The problem I'm running into is with the ...
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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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Error on simple script to open new tab

I am trying to run a simple script which simply opens a new tab, but am getting execution error: An error of type -10810 has occurred. (-10810) I am running on Yosemite. This is the script: ...
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On OSX what is the opposite command to “say”, i.e. what command is there for speech recognition?

I'd like to be able to enter a command that registers a speakable word that OS/X can listen for all the time. When the user speaks that word, it should launch an app. Similar to the "OK google" idea. ...
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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 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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automate app launch at midnight ?

How might I use Automator or Applescript to launch iTunes at midnight, and kill it at 5am ? (This is the only time when I have unlimited bandwidth.. rural sat-based ISP.. ugg.) Thanks.
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Open terminal via AppleScript

I'm tring to write a shortcut script in spark for opening the terminal. on run {input, parameters} tell application "Utilities/Terminal" // tried Utilities:Terminal and Terminal too reopen ...
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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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Filling areas of Json script with user prompts

I am wanting and Applescript to fill certain parts of a Json script via user input prompts, but not sure how to place the results in the correct areas? And to then have the result copied to the ...
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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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How do I simulate a random VPN disconnect?

I'm trying to write an applescript that reconnects a VPN that gets disconnected (sort of like this one) and I want to test it to see if it works. One of the key parts of the script is being able to ...
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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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Run AppleScript for Specific Monitor

I've enabled Dictation for command prompts via voice [got it from the OS shipped Chess application in Lion]. Decided to give it a go System Wide now in 2015 running Yosemite. I fancy it so far, ...
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Sort Contacts Marked As Company

I found an Applescript at apple's support site to sort any contact with the "Company" checkmark checked into a "Business" group: property groupName : "Business" tell application "Contacts" if ...
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Apple Script notification bubble - quick reply style prompt

I know that you can trigger a notification using Apple Script: osascript -e 'display notification "Hello" with title "How are you feeling?"' However, I also want to be able to prompt for certain ...
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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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Any way to set/add tags on a file with Applescript under Mavericks?

Trying to move some of my scripts over from labels to tags under Mavericks, but I can't seem to find a way to set/add tags with Applescript. Anybody that know how to do this? As far as I can figure ...
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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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How to execute javascript from an applescript (Yosemite)?

Since Yosemite, the Script Editor allows using javascript. What is the best way to execute javascript from an applescript? My use case is an existing applescript which needs to send some parameters ...
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What's the equivalent of “do shell script” with javascript automations? (Yosemite)

Support for javascript automations started with Yosemite. How could I run using javascript an external command? (i.e. the equivalent of do shell script of applescript?
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How do I make an applescript launch as soon as it exits screen saver

I would like my mac to to say 'Login Authorized' as soon as I exit screen saver mode. Where should I place the script? Thank you in advance!
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Using Applescript to fool key logger with keystrokes?

So I don't know much about how Mac processes keystrokes, but if I wrote a simple AppleScript that opened a TextEdit document and started typing a huge block of text, would this effectively mask my ...
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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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Get current path of Automator app

I am trying to create an Automator application which I will be distributing to other users on the network. The automator app will be accompanied by a ZIP file and a PKG installer file. I need to run ...
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Selecting files for input Safari applescript

I am trying to automate using Applescript uploading of files to a website. I have gotten to nearly the last step, but can't seem to get a Finder (file chooser) window to respond to scripts. Here is ...
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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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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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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 ...