OS X Services allow sharing data and capabilities across applications. They are invoked by the user either through the active application menu's "Services" submenu or via keyboard shortcuts, typically to act on the data selected in the currently active application.

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How to create a service which starts an app without opening a selected file?

I'm trying to create a service, that opens an app (Terminal app). I created it with Automator. I selected "folder and files" and "finder" in the right-side menu. Since there doesn't seem to be a ...
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Disable services from context menu by Terminal

I know I can disable the context menu items by going to System preferences > Keyboard > Shortcut but I want to disable services by commandline. Does anyone knows if this is possible?
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Run nrpe on boot w/o a logged in user

Running a Mac mini with server app. (El Capitan 10.11.4 & Server.app 5.1) Installed Xcode, brew, and nrpe via brew. Works fine as such. It's not sensible to have to remote desktop to it and log ...
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Automator service not showing in services menu

I know next to nothing about the OS X, but I've been asked to make a few different scripts for actions in Apple Mail. One is to bind a hotkey that will create a reminder with a followup time of two ...
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How to create a service (shown in the context menu on the URL) in Safari?

I want to create a service which will be shown in the context menu when I right-click on any link in the Safari (need get the URL into the service). This is my current contextual services menu on the ...
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Can a script-based Service be used to invoke speech output of selected text using VoiceOver?

The usual text-to-speech feature doesn't work with the user-customized pronunciation from the VoiceOver settings. Could this shortcoming be worked around using a script and Service via Automator?
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Reset “New Terminal at Folder” placement in context menu

Before when I enabled the option to open a new Terminal window from a certain folder, my context menu looked like this: Now it looks like this: How can I go back to having just the one option in ...
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How to create a service that puts selected text into quotation marks?

I'd like to create a service that puts any text I select in TextEdit or web page text editors into quotation marks. I understand Automator is the tool to use, but how do I create this action using ...
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Automator Service to insert text only available when text is selected

I'm trying to make an Automator Service to insert the current date. I have one that works but it is only available in the Services menu when text is selected. I need it to be available when there is ...
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None of my services show up in Apple Photos; fix?

I've got tons of services; none show up when I select an item in Photos. I created a service via Automater to Get Selected Photos Items, Export Media Items, Open Finder Items using the default ...
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How can I use the automator to create text-to-speech service that talks faster than the current service?

The text-to-speech service has a speaking rate option that goes from slow to fast. But the fast option is not fast enough (its 300 words per minute). I just tried to create a service. I simply ...
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Refreshing the category of an Automator service

I'm trying to use Automator to create a simple service (open selected file in MacVim). Originally I (incorrectly) specified that the service accepts selected text as input. I have changed it later to ...
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Remove items from conextual menu?

I used this thread to make my own "Search with Chrome" Service. But when i right click some highlighted text in Preview.app it lists both "Search with Google" and "Search with Chrome." "Search with ...
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Is it possible to organize services in folders?

I have a bunch of services I have created for OS X, like these: And I wonder if it is possible to organize them in folders, like Services > Development, Services > Music, etc. And a second ...
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What is the function of each of the system location services in iOS?

I'd like to know what functionality I gain or lose by enabling / deactivating each of the services under Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services.
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remove unnessasery services

hello everybody i want remove unnessary services because i have two macbooks. one with Maverics 10.9.5 with ssd & second with El Capitan 10.11.2 with SSD and second is so slow. i don't every ...
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OSX Services - character substitution + for _

I've created a service to use primarily in a browser for searching IMDB, so instead of copying and pasting the film's name I just select the text and run the service I created which will automatically ...
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Automator PDF contact sheet not using all images

I've used Automator to create a service that creates all selected images into a contact sheet. For some reason, the service doesn't want to use all the images; I have a selection of 42 images but only ...
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Create a Mac Service to send an item to Pocket Read later service

I am trying to create a right-click Service on Mac (using Automator) that will take a URL and add it to Pocket. I am using the official Pocket Bookmarklet javascript code as a starting point ...
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Strange behaviour of services menu in some apps

For my own purposes, I created service named "Launch Terminal" which, naturally, launches terminal. I've edited it few times, then renamed, moved to iCloud, then again edited and finally copied to a ...
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Automator service script ALWAYS launches application, disregarding conditional

I wrote a little service script to open an iTerm terminal window on an arbitrary folder on Finder. I want it to check if iTerm is running, and if it is to open the terminal session in a new tab ...
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Unable to create a Service with a space in it's name

Hey there check this out, Open Automator, create a New Service, save it as "Something With Spaces" and it won't appear on your Services menu. Save it as "SomethingWithoutSpaces" and it will work. ...
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Using `say` to create my own audiobooks

I like the idea of being able to select a bunch of text and have it saved as an audio file and/or simply read back to me using OS X's default say functionality. It's almost like I can create my own ...
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how to bind option-somekey to an OSX Service?

I'm using an OSX Service called SearchLink, which automatically adds Markdown links to your text. I'm trying to create an OSX Keyboard Shortcut to call the Service using the keystroke ⌥⇧a. I defined ...
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running python script of global keyboard shortcut in OSx

Hi I wrote a python script to get the size of the file of which I have URL I copied from browser or anywhere; I wanted to create a global keyboard shortcut so I tried to create using Automator > ...
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launchctl doesn't start cntlm daemon

I've installed cntlm on osx using the homebrew formula. Then I've copied the .plist file and started the daemon: sudo cp -fv /usr/local/opt/cntlm/*.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons sudo chown root ...
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Why does frequent locations not show the maps?

In frequent locations, I have a list of locations, but the map does not pop up. I have a field of squares, with blue circles, but no streets or places. and no map. Anyone Ideas how to resolve this?
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OS X: How to lock down these frivolous protocols!

I ran a port scan on my Mac (OS X 10.9.4 if its relevant) and i realised all these random protocols with next to no explanation on the internet. 2 of the most unusual protocols include ndl-aas and ...
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Can I use automator to select text then search spotlight for it?

Basically, I have a spreadsheet of file names. I want to select a file name and search 4 folders simultaneously for it. I'd prefer for all the results to be listed in 1 Finder or 1 Spotlight window, ...
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How to add an application specific service contextual menu for an automator created service

I have just created a service for my text editor. I would like to be able to add a services item in the text editor contextual menu when right clicking. Can this be done?
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Starting and stopping mysql server. Shorten and make automatic

Currently I start and stop mysql with the following command sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server start sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server stop It is quite a long ...
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Create service to create calendar event selecting text

I was wondering if it's possible to add a custom service for OS X that is able to create a new event in my (default) calendar when I select some text and right click on it in a webpage, document, ...
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Services submenu disappeared from contextual menu of right click

I am using OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 at my office. Last week, I was still able to right click files or folders and choose services from the bottom of contextual menu. However, after I started my Mac this ...
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Using Automator to call a Service

I use save my PDFs to my Evernote account. I would like to automate this process at the end of the day. Can I use Automator to call the existing service "Add to Evernote" at the end of the day?
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Set the WorkingDirectory to user's home in launchd?

I understand that you can change a LaunchAgent's working directory with a WorkingDirectory key, but is there any way to set the Working Directory to a user's home directory reliably and portably ...
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Services From One Boot Drive Have Installed Themselves On Clean Install Of Another OS On Different Boot Drive

I have a Mac Mini Server with two internal SSDs. Until today, I had only ever installed an OS, Mt. Lion, on one of those drives and the other had remained largely empty, except for when I needed to ...
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Data storage location? Difference between server and physical device

Just for my curiosity and knowledge, all the DATA saved into services like iCloud email, Gmail email, DropBox, iCloud Drive, etc. Do they actually take physical space storage inside each iOS or OS X ...
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How to run an application as a system service?

I'd like to be able to run Plex media server in the background even when not logged on. This is something I could easily setup in Windows but I can't figure out if this is possible in OSX.
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Run TeamViewer on demand, instead of at startup

I installed TeamViewer Host (v. 10.0) for making remote connections back to my Mac. It loads on start up automatically, and there doesn’t seem to be a preference to disable that behavior*. TeamViewer ...
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How to keep BetterTouchTool alive?

BetterTouchTool keeps exiting. How do I make sure that it reopens when it exits, and that duplicate processes aren't spawned? Thanks
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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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Disable SpeechRecognitionCore

edit: I don't use this feature, don't need nor want it running in the background. Is there a way to deactivate the service? I've seen so far this command: killall -9 ...
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Text to speech service gone and key binding for it not functioning in Yosemite?

Up until Yosemite I have always had a text to speech service menu option and have been able to readily use a command key combination to trigger the reading of selected text in just about any ...
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osx service for `mpc add`ing files to mpd’s playlist

I’m trying to create a service in automator, which allows me to add files/folders from Finder directly into my mpd playing queue. I tried the following, the command runs, but nothing happens. ...
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Iphone 5 Replacement Program

I purchased my Iphone 5 in New-York but i live in London, may Apple restrict me from replacing the Power/Sleep button outside of the US?
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Automator workflow/service or Applescript for looped edits in Preview

I was originally trying this with Automator, but if someone can guide me to accomplishing this easier with Applescript then feel free, though i haven't worked with it before. I'm trying to get the ...
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Show the Dock with AppleScript?

I would like to show the Dock when all windows are hidden/closed/minimized. Is this something that can be done with AppleScript? Where can I learn more about the specific capabilities of ...
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How do I get the URL of a right-clicked link sent to an automator action?

I'd like to create a service to open a link in Chrome. I already have this service installed: Safari Extension for right click menu: Open in Google Chrome? This works if I right-click on selected ...
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Can I buy and use a New iPhone 6 as an iPod Touch?

In a related question I asked about the functionality of an iPhone 6 as compared to iPod touch 5, The answer indicates there could be a significant difference. The person I am asking on behalf of ...
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Finder Menu Services No Longer Working

In Pre-Yosemite, I had some finder menu services (i.e. Right-Click, see 'Services' in menu, hover over, and you'd see Services created in Automator) that I made. As a developer, these were very handy ...