Any thing that helps perform repetitive tasks via an application or script

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Automate Safari form filling

I have a Numbers spreadsheet with lots of data (currently at 275 rows, 14 columns each). I need to submit this data to a web form, one row per form submission, each column going into a text box on ...
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How to change icon of an app through Terminal

I want to customize my app icons, but there's a lot of them, and I don't want to be tedious and go through the whole Get Info process over and over again. Is there any way to write a program, ...
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Packet sending script, iOS 9.1

I have an app which sends specific packets to a server every time I press a particular button on the app, the problem is that I need to press it every 30 seconds during a few hours and it's annoying. ...
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Controlling Scroll Bars

On our company page in LinkedIn, under the analytics tab, there is scrollbar. I want a script which will scroll down to the bottom, hit "see more", and recursively continue until the data is ...
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Notes script to access notes in specific folder?

I have tested this Notes export script (https://github.com/alexwlchan/notes-export/blob/master/notes-export.scpt). It seems to work, but the issue is that I want to specify a specific Notes folder to ...
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Any way to log off or close apps when time limits run out

My kids use Steam to play games on the Mac. Each kid gets half an hour through parental controls time limit feature. However, it just locks their account and leaves the apps running. Steam can only ...
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Make Mac boot upon plugging in power

I have a MacBook and I'd like it to boot automatically upon plugging it into a power source. Is there a way to do this?
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Upgrade OS X operating system from the command line

You can upgrade software with sudo softwareupdate --install --all. Is it possible to upgrade the OS itself from the command line?
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Applescript insert images into .Pages document

I've tried numerous examples online, but all don't seem to work. The image is received via Automator and each file is dispensed incrementally and ran through the following Applescript: on run ...
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Batch resize .svg files

I have a folder (original_svg_files) with more than ten thousand .svg files in different sizes and I need to resize each one of them. The name should be the same with the original .svg file and the ...
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Automatically eject disk image x minutes after mounting

So I have an encrypted disk image that I use to store sensitive files. However, I often forget to eject it when I'm done, which obviously negates the whole point of encryption. What I'd like is some ...
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Trigger an action when a specific video file plays? (VLC)

Objective: I have a VLC playlist. Whenever a new video begins, I'd want it to trigger my Philips Hue lamps to change lighting settings. The lighting settings are pre-made, with specific names, and ...
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How can I have dmg files automatically unmount when I trash them?

A while ago, I used to have some kind of App or service that would automatically unmount a dmg file whenever I put the dmg file into the trash. This was really convenient, but I've since reinstalled ...
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How can I setup a Cisco IPSec VPN connection from the command line?

We've got a few macs to manage and we are working out how to script the configuration of a few things. We've got most of the bits worked out but there is one that I can't seem to find the right ...
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Can I disable the menu bar for the laptop screen but not for external monitors?

On my laptop screen I think the menu bar doesn't provide enough info to warrant the space it takes up. When I dock my laptop with a massive external monitor, I'd rather it showed. Is there any way I ...
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Automatic move all mails to folder

I have a School email (Microsoft Exchange) which is limited to 350MB of storage. Therefore every month or two I need to move all my emails to the Mac drive instead of the Exchange server. One thing I ...
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Using Apple Script to Manage Sound Output Selection

I am brand new here and I have an additional clarification or need additional help for an issue from this thread - Applescript: "can't get tab group 1 of window" (El Capitan) In my ...
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Shortcut to open just saved PDF in Preview

I find myself often having to search for a PDF I just created to open it in Preview. This waste of time is begging for automation, though can't figure out how to do this in Keyboard Maestro, for ...
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Adjusting screen brightness based on application

Is there a way to trigger some apple script based on applications/events? What I want to do is to increase brightness when I am running videos etc. fullscreen, and reduce it when I exit the ...
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Grant rights on a certificate to an app through the shell

I'm currently looking for a way to grant an application rights to a certificate in my /Library/Keychains/System.keychain through the shell. I can currently do this through the Keychain Access App by ...
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Single-button shortcut for “Do not Disturb”

Is there a way I can bind a single key on my keyboard to toggle "Do not Disturb"? It would be more convenient that opening up the notification center and moving that awkward slider. I do think that ...
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How to bind specific window to a hotkey?

On Windows I use a simple Autohotkey script that allows me to easily bind to and switch beetween opened windows. For example, I'm about to be using a browser, two consoles and a text editor in the ...
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Execute arbitrary script when iTunes plays new song?

I want to execute a script when iTunes plays a new song. I have looked at Automator as well as the iTunes Library in Script Editor, but don't see anything that will allow me to do this. Any ideas?
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How to update 100 iPad's?

Last year, I had to update 100 iPad to iOS 8. I did them one at a time and it took forever. We use AirWatch as our MDM. Is there a better way to update them all?
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Auto Airprinting

I'm mostly a windows/android user, but I have a new device that works best with airprinting, so please bear with me. I'm looking to do some 'auto-airprinting'. Basically, what I ultimately what to ...
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Lost files due to Automator

I Lost My School Files! I made a short Automator workflow that simply gets my School folder, and moves it to the USB drive, thinking it would automatically copy over like a normal drag n drop would. ...
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Simulating a touch on a phone screen without a finger?

I'm trying to simulate a touch on my iPhone without actually touching it (with a finger) for an app I'm making, I already tried electricity and it didn't worked, what is the correct way of doing it? ...
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Use the Downloads folder as shared folder between two Macs with Dropbox

I would like to have the Downloads folder of my Mac shared between two Macs using Dropbox. The idea is to have the same archives in both Download folders. How can I accomplish this?
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Automate Fn key switch between finder and photoshop?

I would like to know if there any script that i can use to switch automatically between finder and photoshop? I can't install Palua App from my AppStore on El-capitan.
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How to archive mail in Outlook 2016 with a shortcut?

Outlook 2016 has removed support for AppleScript. I used to use a script to move my mail to the Archive folder on Ctrl-A. How do I restore that functionality?
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How to automate “do not disturb”?

How can I trigger "do not disturb" at regular intervals, say during lectures on MWF from 10am to 11am? In Yosemite (and Mavericks) one clicks on the notifications icon, then swipes down to reveal the ...
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Get latest Time Machine backup when backup disk is unplugged

I know i can get the time stamp of the latest Time Machine backup with the command tmutil latestbackup | grep -E -o "[0-9\-]+$" but this only works when my backup disk is plugged in. If not, i get the ...
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Terminal, set application to automatic launch at login

I am trying to automate the process after I reinstall OS X (I do it time to time due to messing things up), So far I have this script. ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL ...
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Numbers: how do I create a column with a sequence of times?

In Numbers, I would like to create a column with automatically generated cells to create a timetable with each hour and each half hour. I create a new document, type in "7:30 AM" and then in the cell ...
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How to unrate multiple album ratings at the same time?

I'm using iTunes 12.2.1.16 and today I realized that there is something called 'album rating'. This messes up my ordering according to the track rating. Suddenly there are songs appearing with hollow ...
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Automator/AppleScript: Sync 3 folders when an item is added to one

Background I'm fairly new to the Automator/AppleScript tools. There are 3 folders on the Mac and external hard drives that should sync when a file is added to one. So, for example, when I add a ...
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Launch Center Pro URL-scheme syntax for launching an action

Recently I've been using the Workflow app to create home screen shortcuts that launch third party apps via their respective URL-schemes. This avoids the annoying initial time it takes LCP to load up ...
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Automator: Get filename

I'm creating a folder action to display a notification when a new file is downloaded and would like the notification to display the filename. I can't figure out how to extract the filename of the ...
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Is it possible to skip a file rename when it's not there in Automator?

I have written a little Automator script that does the following tasks: Get Specified Finder Items - to get one file Rename Finder Items: Name Single Item - to rename that to .old Get Specified URLs ...
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I need to batch move files from one location to another, and put them in pre-existing folders with the same first 7 characters

I am looking to automate moving large amounts of files. Basically I have one location on our network full of .zip files. They are all named like "12-3456.zip" etc. I need to move each of these .zip ...
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How to run custom AppleScript in the background at all times?

Given an AppleScript file designed to poll for an application dialog box every 30 seconds, how can I easily setup my Mac OS so that this AppleScript file starts every time I login silently in the ...
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Mail: Select SMTP server automatically on addressee

I have two SMTP servers configured in Mail. One for school, and one for my private email. I would like that Mail automatically picks the one for school if I'm sending an email to someone of my school. ...
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Automating Creation of Hundreds of Symlinks in Finder

What's going to be the most painless way to automate the creation of hundreds of symlinks? My iTunes Movies folder contains each .mp4 film in an individual folder. These folders are named for the ...
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Auto-center mouse cursor on specific display, based on used trackpad

I have a MacBook connected to an external display + external keyboard and magic trackpad. Because the laptop is placed on the table, while multitasking between the two displays (internal and ...
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How can I automatically centre new windows in Yosemite?

Is there a setting or third-party app for Yosemite which will make all new windows open in the center of my display? For instance, when I open a new Finder window, or launch an app. I've found a ...
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How to get Fake.app to return 2 types of OSX notification?

I am trying to automate a 'title' search on Amazon (kindle category) using Fake.app. The search is conducted every week for about 100 titles. I followed the below 2 posts from Fake.App developer and ...
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Generate Document from Text AppleScript?

I have a series of documentation text files on a Mac that I want to turn into a PDF. But I want to automate the process. Preferably the document would have a table of contents. Is there anyway ...
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App for changing between a work and private mode

I use my Mac for private and work. Between this two scopes I share a lot of configuration. Because of that I want to use only one account. Here is my question: Is a app existing with which I can ...
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Episode description not showing in iTunes or on the Apple TV

I have added descriptions to my episodes using Subler and for some reason neither iTunes or the Apple TV shows it correctly. iTunes shows it in the episode list but not on the info page. The Apple ...
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Is there an Alfred Workflow to install and view Alfred workflows?

I want a workflow like the cask / brew workflow for Alfred workflows. Does this already exists? e.g. auto completion, viewing and installing and removing right from alfred instead of searching google ...