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

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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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In an AppleScript, how do I call/reuse a subroutine from another AppleScript?

snippet 1a on removeText(searchText, sourceText) set prevTIDs to text item delimiters of AppleScript set text item delimiters of AppleScript to searchText set sourceText to text items of sourceText ...
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Passing a password to an Automator application

I have written an Automator application with the following shell script to open an FTP connection on my system: sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist osascript -e 'tell ...
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Is it possible to submit not sandboxed app to the Mac App Store

I have an AppleScript Cocoa application that does a lot of shell scripts like kill or chflags. Is there any way I can try to send it on review to MAS and get it approved? According to Wikipedia: ...
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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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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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Go to the Running Safari And Press Enter Using AppleScript

I'm very new to AppleScript and I'm trying to do this. I have an Safari process running on my machine. I wish I could go to the running safari and stimulate an enter key event. Is it possible to do ...
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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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Launch Dictation With Applescript

I would have thought this would be easy to find, but thus far it has not been for me. Is there a way to launch dictation (fn, fn) with applescript or from the terminal?
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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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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 ...
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Applescript Click “Go” and “Open” - dialog inside application

In PCSX, (ps1 emulator), I'm trying to automate the steps to play an ISO. So, I'm doing this: set thepath to path to me set thesecondpath to POSIX path of thepath set thethirdpath to ...
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How to replace images in iPhoto with higher quality versions?

I use Aperture for photo editing and processing, but prefer iPhoto for keeping a gallery of my pictures. For a long time, I used the built-in tools in iPhoto to "Import from Aperture Library". What I ...
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How can I reproduce the Finder sort order without asking Finder to sort for me?

I work with a large collection of mostly-text files subdivided by series, periodically mirroring them from an upstream repository and repackaging them using a shell script from a slightly chaotic ...
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Applescript to turn off Mission Control in OS X 10.7

I found most of the below on https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3046230?start=0&tstart=0, but I believe it relates to OSX10.6 (or earlier) given that Mission control seems to have replaced ...
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Is is possible to format an Applescript dialog?

I am writing an AppleScript and I'd like to be able to format text in a display dialog box. For instance, I want part of the text to be bold or italic. How can I do this?
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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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Why is my applescript for checking if a file exists failing?

I have an applescript application that inputs a username and starts a download based on that username. In the app I use the code below to check if a file exists already and then rename the file if it ...
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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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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 run a PHP script by dropping file on icon?

I have a php script that takes a filename as an argument. When I run it from a terminal window I type ./my_script.php file_to_process.txt It works great! What I would like to be able to do is to ...
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How can one invoke a keyboard shortcut from within an AppleScript?

I need to invoke a keyboard shortcut from within an AppleScript code, later to be used as a startup item (i.e. the alternative to having to press something at every log in).
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Run an AppleScript that requires keystrokes while the screen is locked?

I've got a very simple AppleScript whose job it is to type some words into a text box. tell application "TextEdit" activate end tell delay 0.2 tell application "System Events" keystroke "Hello ...
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Exponential Slowdown of Applescript

So I've been working on a simple AppleScript to try to help with managing my e-mail in OS X's Mail, and I have it seemingly working just fine with one major problem; the performance of the script is ...
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How to automate changing the settings when you connect the mouse?

I want to change option in System Preferences "Scroll direction: natural" every time I plugin mouse to my MacBook. And switch back when mouse is disconnected. This should happen automatically. How ...
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Saving Applescript Removes Characters

I have written an Applescript to launch and position two instances of an Application. The script runs perfectly fine in the editor using this code: tell application "App" to activate tell ...
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AppleScript - Get the path to an application without opening it

I need to store the path to Chromium to use later in the script, however running set chromium to (POSIX path of (path to application "Chromium")) in AppleScript Editor opens the application. How can I ...
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Binding DualShock 4 button to AppleScript?

I setup a dualshock 4 (PS4) controller to work with my Mac Mini for XBMC, which can play games on emulators like SNES9x. The issue I'm having though, is that when I want to quit the game/emulator that ...
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Ejecting all network drives via Applescript/Automator/Shell?

I use the following script to attempt to eject all disks that aren't internal: tell application "Finder" eject (disks whose ejectable is true) end tell This has the advantage of skipping ...
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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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Is there a way to create a notification in the Notification Center with a clickable link?

I can create a notification in Applescript via display notification "Notification Text" with title "Title goes here" subtitle "subtitle goes here However is there a way when I click on the ...
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How do I focus a specific window with applescript without doing an activate and bringing other windows to the front?

I'm looking for a method w/ AppleScript to select/focus a specific window of an application without actually doing an "activate" which brings all windows to the front. Here's what I have so far: ...
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Applescript for moving recently added files (not created or modified) to another folder?

I would like to get a recent downloaded pdf file ( !: it corresponds to the Finder sort method Date Added, not Date Created nor Date Modified) and either just moving to one another folder (if using ...
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Simulate CTRL+F12 2 second keypress

Im trying to bring up the OS X shutdown dialogue box by simulating the key press Control+F12 for 2 seconds (using a logitech keyboard). No matter how much I try I just can not get it to work. My ...
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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 ...