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

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How do I reliably get the file name of the current background picture?

Latest Lion update broke a simple Geeklet osascript that used System Events to lookup of Background picture names. Running the associated command from the terminal returns the same name, every time, ...
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How can I successively trigger an AppleScript very quickly?

Background For fine volume adjustment I use the following AppleScript: try do shell script "killall afplay" end try set currentVolume to output volume of (get volume settings) set volume output ...
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Terminal: Path to Network Drive in Applescript

I am trying copy a file up to a network drive in AppleScript. Normally I would do.. do script "mv ~/Desktop/file.txt ~/Folder/file.txt" What is the correct path to a network drive? I normally ...
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Passing selected folder path to custom Service executing AppleScript

I have a custom Service I created in Automater. Right now, the service shows up in my context (right-click) menu, when right-clicking on any folder. In Automater, I added the Run AppleScript action, ...
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How to run Say “something” in background in AppleScript

I would like to have AppleScript code like this: row 1 say "some long text here" row 3 When it starts to speak text, it same time continues to row 3. I create my scripts in AppleScript Editor and ...
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How can I get my AppleScript code to move files?

Having used Automator to organise files by file extension successfully before, I decided to create an AppleScript application that will save me having to change parameters manually, as Automator ...
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Tell application screen is not zoomed

When using OS X's native zoom, is there any way (perhaps using AppleScript) to fool an application into thinking the screen is not being zoomed? Something like tell application "System Events" to ...
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Unaccent Special characters and bulk-rename

Background I have a workflow that collects documents from various sources, converts them to PDF, OCRs them, compresses them, extracts their contents and annotations, uploads the files to a server and ...
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Log software usage time on Mac OS 9 (Oct. 1999)

I'm needing to log the time a user spends inside of an application in Mac OS 9. I created a simple bash script "launcher" to do this, but then discovered OS 9 doesn't have bash installed. Here is the ...
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Can AppleScript be used to downloading files from a web page?

I want to write a script that searches a web page for an updated file, then downloading it when detected. There is no command I have found that does this, accept Automator's download URL function, ...
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AppleScript : do a mouse scroll on a Finder window

How can I do a mouse scroll on a Finder window in AppleScript ? I know there is keystroke for the keyboard, click for a mouse click, but is there something for the mouse wheel ?
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Running an AS droplet from Terminal

I have an Applescript Droplet application that I need to run from terminal. I can use osascript or even just open to open the AS App, but that will run its on run handler, not the on open droplet ...
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System-Preferences Applescript using osascript cannot select its window

This AppleScript (based on an answer in a MacWorld form) will tell me whether or not Screen Sharing is enabled: tell application "System Preferences" reveal pane "com.apple.preferences.sharing" ...
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troubleshoot applescripted typing missing shift key and numerics in windows xp under parallels 8?

I am using a Windows XP VM with Parallels 8 under Mountain Lion. I have a remote desktop connection from XP that does not allow pasting from the clipboard, but typing works, of course. I have an ...
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Applescript - Connection is invalid

I have an application for mac and I use the following applescript code (exported as an AS app) to start that app periodically: on idle tell application "System Events" tell application ...
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Can I send Notification Center items to my iPhone using Pushover or Prowl?

The title pretty much sums it up. I often feel like having notifications on my iPhone are a lot easier to notice, especially if you step away from the computer for a few moments to do something and ...
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How to avoid the GUI password prompt when using `osascript`?

I’d like to use the osascript shell command to run some AppleScript, but I’d rather avoid the GUI password prompt. Instead, I’d prefer to run the script as sudo from the command-line, so no GUI ...
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Finder list view, change column with to optimal with using AppleScript

I'm trying to create an AppleScript script that resizes the columns of Finder's list view (e.g. Name, Size …) to their optimal width (i.e. the minimum width where all text in the column is visible) on ...
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How to Unset iTunes Track Start And Stop Time For Multiple Tracks?

For some reason a lot of tracks in my iTunes library have senseless start and stop times set. This is really annoying as some tracks get skipped after a few seconds. There are Apple Script commands ...
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How can I generate dynamic keynote presentations?

I'd like to build a series of Keynote presentations that contain some dynamic elements. By that I mean some elements are "compiled" in later. For example if I have a code sample on a slide, I want to ...
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Can't Set Desktop Background in Fullscreen App

I have an 11" Air so I usually run all of my open applications in fullscreen mode. I have a launchd job for my user that runs a script every hour and every login to set the desktop background ...
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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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Create Custom Drop Down Menus in the Finder Toolbar

Happy (belated-ish) new year! Hope it's been a great one. Any Dropbox users out there will recognize the drop down menu that one can add to their Finder toolbar. Upon discovering that this ...
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Tmux hampers osascripts display notification

I like to show notifications from scripts using osascript -e 'display notification "Some text"'. This works fine from the plain shell but it stop working when in tmux. It just doesn't show the ...
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Can only run AppleScript from Automator

I have the following AppleScript which toggles the scroll direction on the trackpad: tell application "System Preferences" activate set current pane to pane "com.apple.preference.trackpad" ...
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How do I use screencapture for capturing floating windows?

I am trying to automate the periodic capture of a floating window. Specifically, of the floating 'Current Call' window which is used by Skype when the main window is off-screen. By googling, I found ...
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Alfred extension or equivalent that brings a single window to the forefront

Right now, if I want to switch to a Sublime Text 2 window open to a "project" called foo, I can do option+space, type Sub hit enter and then hit cmd+` repeatedly until I arrive at the window I want. ...
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Is it possible to launch a Linux application running under Parallels from OS X?

I am looking for a way to launch an individual application (e.g. Firefox) on my Ubuntu installation which is running under Parallels. I am open to any method of launching such as a shortcut (like how ...
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Hide windows in current desktop (Lion)

I'd like to make a keyboard shortcut that hides all windows on the current desktop, while ignoring windows on other desktops. Is this possible using Applescript?
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Can OS X automate creating a reminders from a page in a web browser?

I enjoy the feature of creating reminders from a web page with one click. similar to how Omnifocus does this. Can Apple's Reminders do the same by apple scripting or other addition/short cut?
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Applescript vs. Spaces in Lion (10.7)

In Snow Leopard (10.6), I had an applescript that toggled iTunes between "maximised on Space 2" and "mini-player on all spaces": set app_identifier to do shell script "echo 'com.apple.iTunes' | ...
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AppleScript/Automator Workflow to restore OS X to “mint” condition

Under Mountain Lion, I wanted to create an AppleScript that would essentially restore my OS X install to "mint" condition, if possible even to the point of showing you the ML welcome screen asking you ...
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VPN Auto connect Notification

I have implemented a VPN auto connect option via Applescript [see code]. It works like a charme there's only one problem. Every time when i open my MacBook I get this [see printscreen] notification. A ...
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What is the Mac equivalent of Windows “start” command?

I'm creating a script that runs several other scripts. I need them to all start up in their own process (read window) so I can review the output of each, but I also need them to run in parallel, so ...
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cron is failing to run my AppleScript

I have the following code in a text file (myfile.applescript): #! /usr/bin/osascript tell application "Google Chrome" to quit I would like Chrome to shut down each night at 9:15PM, so I added the ...
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Script that outputs number of emails in Mail.app inbox

I'd like to have a command-line script I can invoke at the Terminal that will output the total number of messages in my "Work" Inbox in mail.app. Usage would look like this: $ inbox-count 48 What ...
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Check if a process is running, if not execute it again in Terminal

Is there a way to periodically check if a process is running with (probably with Apple script, or some other shell script) and if not then to execute it in Terminal? I have a PHP script that is needs ...
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Applescript app to shut down Mathematica at a specific time of day

I have the following workflow that I need to execute on a daily basis for a period of days: The computers start at a specified time, Mathematica and a specific Mathematica notebook launch and ...
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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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Can Applescript be used to automate a screen recording session on OS X?

I need to accomplish the following tasks from a script: Initiate a screen recording (with system audio). After a set delay, stop the recording. Save out to a file. Close the recording. I've tried ...
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Turn Wifi off/on with a single key?

Is there a way to assign the WiFi on/off function to one of the function keys like F4 that I otherwise never use? I assume Applescript would be required. However I may want to use a BASH script ...
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Terminal.app equivalent of `xterm -e 'cmd'`

With xterm (and gnome-terminal, terminator, etc), you can run the following command: $ xterm -e 'vim somefile.txt' xterm will open and run the specified program (in this case, Vim). When the ...
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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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How can I automate changing the quality of several photos?

I would like to be able to reduce the quality of the photos I have in a directory through some sort of automation. One of the requirements is that I cannot change the dimensions of the photo. The ...
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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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Open an new Safari window on the current space from the Termial shell with multiple tabs (URLs)

How to open an new Safari window from the Termial shell on the current space? Now when using the open http://example.com it got opened the URL as last TAB on my 1st safari window. I'm looking for ...
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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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Set Services keyboard shortcut via script OSX

I need a way to set the following programmatically: Specifically for shortcuts under Services, if that makes a difference. I'm wondering if this is possible via shell or AppleScript? EDIT: I've ...
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automator to run AppleScript for a shell script

For a selected file in Finder, I like to run a perl script using Services. I created an Automator process that runs an AppleScript: on run {input, parameters} tell application "Terminal" ...
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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