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

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AppleScript/Automator Add AutoCorrect Settings

I am making a AppleScript/automator script for April Fools that is going to change the AutoCorrect. I know that I can change the autocorrect settings by going to Settings > Text > '+' ...
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Launch Apple Script on App Focus

Is there a way to configure an Apple Script (or any script for that matter), to be run every time an application is focused? For example, if I am on Safari currently, and I tap on a QuickTime window, ...
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Script to change downloaded mac wallpaper automatically?

I want to change my mac wallpaper daily with microsoft bing images. I found this script that download the daily picture automatically, but I sill have to set the wallpaper automatically. Is it ...
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AppleScript for restarting to Bootcamp?

I have tried to use an AppleScript to reboot to Windows It's not going well though, as when I tried it the first time, a white screen appeared on startup and didn't go away. A hard reset rebooted to ...
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How can I programmatically read and write the texttone of a Contact in the OSX' Contacts app?

On the Contacts app (V9.0) of Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite I want to read and write programatically the texttone property in some of my contacts. How can I do this with Applescript or another scripting ...
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How to iterate through iCal events in Applescript

I am trying to iterate through the events in a calendar to copy them to another: tell application "iCal" set localEvents to events of calendar "localCalendar" set remoteEvents to events of ...
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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 do I automate selecting files in a .jar file?

My .jar file has a number of buttons that, when clicked, prompts me to select a file to load. I need to find a way to get this file selection to be automated, and decided on applescript. ...
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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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Make a file a Stationery pad via command line

Is there a way to set make a file into a Stationery pad from the command line? You can do it by clicking "Get info" on a file and checking the box, but I would like to do it without clicking. An ...
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How do I make an AppleScript with a drop-down menu without Xcode?

How do I make an AppleScript that displays a drop-down menu without using Xcode?
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Forcing application to go to selected window on startup

I run a multi-monitor set-up on a single "Desktop". All of my applications when opened run on the primary monitor, which is the smaller monitor. I would like to have some (e.g. browser, mail client) ...
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How can I “say” to another Mac?

I have two Macs in our house (iMac and MacBook Pro). I would like to use the say command-line utility to type something on my MPB and have it speak on the iMac, rather like an intercom system. Plus, ...
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copy calendar entries from one calendar to another via apple script throws error

i am trying to copy ical entries from one calendar to another using the following script: tell application "iCal" set localEvents to events of calendar "Privat" set remoteEvents to events of ...
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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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Automator script doesn't show up in services menu

I made an automator script to help me to assign LaTeX indexes to words in TexMaker. It would convert a highlighted word test to \index{test} test. This is the little script: on run {input, ...
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Automatically quit Terminal when typing exit

Scenario I use terminal to SSH a lot, however would like the Terminal App to quit when the last Tab closes using exit. I already have the terminal window itself set to close on successful exit, ...
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Problems with the command delete function in applescript

I have an applescript that I am using to clear out a huge folder. I can select all of the files but how can I indicate the "command delete" key while keeping all of the files selected? Basically after ...
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Droplet with a progress bar?

First of all, apologies for my ignorance on the subject. All of this ffmpeg and automation is new for me and sometimes I cannot see even evident things. I am learning command lines to encode videos ...
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Open application from terminal and remain linked to the process (like Linux) so when CTRL+C is sent to terminal the application closes too

I have an application (closed-source tool not developed by me) which requires another process to exist before executing properly. When I quit this application, I also want that custom process to be ...
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enabling/disabling Internet Sharing with terminal in mac osx 10.9.2

The problem is setting the internet sharing with CLI instead of GUI in Mac OS 10.9.2 I followed instructions as per this thread Start/stop internet sharing from a script? including both CLI and ...
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select a menu item of a window instead of a process using Applescript

I'm quite new to applescript (and a beginner programmer) and I've hit a dead end. I figured out how to access a menu item of a process but I do not know how to do it once I have multiple windows. ...
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How to locate UI Button for AppleScript using Accessibility Inspector

There are several articles here that address this question, but none offer the help to connect-the-dots. The attached screen shot shot shows Accessibility Inspector for the button in question, which ...
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Simple 3 line applescript - Error -128

I have a scenario where I'd like 2 separate applescripts. The idea is super simple. 2 Applications, but only one runs at a time. Example: Close application 1, launch application 2 (and vise versa) ...
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Programmatically catch app opening / closing

Is it possible, via an AppleScript, a background service or daemon, or any other programmatic way, to catch the following events: a specific app (eg Aperture, Excel ...) being launched, an app being ...
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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 Dialog gives error?

My AppleScript app on my computer gives a error. Here is the code: set file to display dialog "Open Script?" default answer "tests/helloworld.in" do shell script "cat " & file & " | python ...
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Using automator and handbrake cli to convert videos automatically

I am trying to automate video conversion process using Automator and Handbrake CLI version. I am trying to implement the functionality that whenever a video is downloaded in my dropbox folder on my PC ...
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Mac Outlook 2011 - moving folders from On My Computer to Exchange Server

I've just noticed a very odd peculiarity about using Mac Outlook 2011 with an Exchange server. I am hoping to write a script that will allow me to highlight a folder On My Computer and move it onto ...
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My iPad unable to view subtitles

My iPad unable to open or view video online with subtitles. But when I open the same website with my lappy, the video and subtitles work well. There have something wrong with the website or my iPad?
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Automate Fn key switch when opening Excel

So Microsoft released a free preview of Office for Mac, and it is pretty sweet. One of my biggest problem when using Excel on a mac has always been that the most popular/frequent shortcut (F2 -> edit ...
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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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Can I set the primary Language of OS X by using shell script or AppleScript?

My computer is mac mini (late 2012) with Yosemite 10.10.1 installed. The primary language of the system is English, with Chinese being the second language. Sometimes I need to use the Maps.app, and ...
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AppleScript referencing tabs suddently breaking on Chrome

I've been successfully using a script for a long time, which uses Chrome to calculate execute some javascript and return the result. tell application "Google Chrome" tell window 1 tell ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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“Fetching…” Behavior in Finder “Open With” Menu in Yosemite

I don't know if other people have notice this in Yosemite: With a file in Finder in focus, when you move the cursor to "Open With" entry, whether from context menu or menu bar -> File, a ...
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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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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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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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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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AppleScript for iCal events from Address Book entries

I want to create a script that creates alarmed events in iCal for birthdays of people that I have in my address book. Unfortunately, I am very bad working with AppleScript. Below is the outline of ...