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

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IF statement doesn't work properly in osascript

I'm working on script which should do something if application is running or not Also there should be a timer of checking(60 seconds) The problem is that "if" statement which is checking "count" ...
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How can I automate pasting of password into SecurityAgent?

On OS X 10.8.x I had an Automator service set up to paste a password from clipboard into the password window that pops up for mounting an encrypted disk. I don't wish to store the password in my ...
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Using variables in pathnames and pathname variable help plus finding username applescript?

So, I want to have my script to be able to find out the current user's username and store it in a variable (myUsername). Then, it will go to /Users/myUsername/Desktop/FV.app. How can I do this and ...
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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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Help with Applescript to paste text into Word

I've just started using Apple Script and I was trying to make Word paste some text in an unformatted way. This is the code I am using: tell application "Microsoft Word" tell selection try set theClip ...
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How do I assign a keyboard shortcut to an AppleScript I wrote?

How do I assign a keyboard shortcut to an AppleScript? I found a script for automatically going back to the inbox in Office 2011.
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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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Changing volume at command line using script/function

I found this nifty command which sets volume to 50% (or any level desired): osascript -e 'set volume output volume 50' I'd love to have a script or function that lets me type v 50 or v 30, etc. 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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Apple script to toggle comment/uncomment in Script Editor?

I want Apple script which allows me to toggle comment/uncomment in Script Editor, using (* and *). I found this link, but it is not exactly what I am looking for. Can anyone help?
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In which .plist is the underscan setting stored?

I'm trying to write a script which changes the underscan value on my Mac mini, but I haven't found the .plist file containing the setting. Does anyone know where the underscan setting is saved?
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Can I generate a clickable link to local file using relative path like “file:///~”

This is the background: in my company, we use Google Drive and often have to tell each other the path to a particular file. Paths are long as we use a lot of nested folders, so it's pretty boring and ...
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Assistive Access when script is launched by agent

Problem Applescript run by osascript is not allowed Assistive Access when launched by agent (~/Library/LaunchAgents). Although it works when run from Applescript editor or commandline directly (using ...
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Unable to run 'display notification' using osascript in a tmux session

If I run the following command in Apple Script Editor directly, display notification "Hello, world" I can see a notification as expected However if I tried to invoke it via command line: ...
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How do I run a binary program without showing the gear icon?

I created a automator workflow, add a Run Shell Script part and put these lines in: /Users/xxx/Library/Android/sdk/tools/android avd I saved it as an app and it works. But I will always see a ...
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Start QuickTime and set camera to iPhone from command line

I'm attempting to start QuickTime from AppleScript and select the camera of my iPhone like I do from QuickTime. I can't seem to make it change the camera. The script I have now is: tell application ...
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Insert Character on batch folder rename

I have a folder that has several hundreds of thousands of files named like "ABC 123456". I need to add a dash after between the two blocks of text like this "ABC - 123456". Leaving the trailing space. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Using Launchbar to make Popclip appear

PopClip is a Mac app that adds the iOS functionality of a bunch of options showing up above selected text. PopClip automatically appears every time I select text, and that's annoying, so I want to ...
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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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Osascript Compile Application

Is there a way to compile an an applescript from the command line similar to the following.
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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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“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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How to programmatically construct the name of application used to open directories?

This Emacs LISP script reveal-in-finder.el allows one to quickly open a directory in Finder from an Emacs buffer which has the directory opened in it in dired mode. But on my computer, I uses Path ...
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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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batch convert iWork 08 files to new version on Yosemite

TL;DR Short version: I have a bunch of files that were created with iWork 08. Is there a way, maybe using AppleScript or Automator, to convert them to the new format (Pages 5.5, Numbers 3.5) without ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...