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how to re-enable Services in an app (Microsoft Remote Desktop in particular)

I am fairly confident I could use services in MRD before. I am not sure when I lost them, maybe it is related to the Yosemite upgrade (I am on 10.10.0) or some recent MRD update (8.0.9 from Mac App ...
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How do I save a text style (font, size, etc) to use in any rich text editor (evernote, mail)?

I want to create some text styles--combinations of font, size, and other attributes--that I can assign to keyboard shortcuts that will be available in any rich text editor on the mac, such as ...
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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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Services menu shows the incorrect name

I made a Service in Automator, but when I was saving mistyped the name. I used Automator to rename the Service, but the incorrect name shows up in my Services menu. I checked the ~/Library/Services ...
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Remove system default / third-party app 'service' items from OS X context menus?

I'm in the process of replacing OS X's default 'Search with Google' context menu item (found when you right click on text in many apps like Terminal, Notes, or third party ones like the RSS reader ...
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How to change the finder services submenu threshold?

In the finder context menu, there is a list of services at the very bottom. Once this list grows beyond 4, it becomes a submenu instead. Is there a way to affect this threshold, i. e. have five ...
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Can I capture Spotlight input and use it in another process?

I'd like to capture everything I type into Spotlight and use the text as input for a script, possibly a new instance of a Services workflow. From that point of course anything is possible; the most ...
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Workflow Services not showing in Service Menu

All of a sudden my Automator services are no longer showing in the Service menu in Mail. None of them. All I see is No Service Apply (grayed out). I know they still work, if I open them in ...
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Why don't my volume-control AppleScripts run when called as Services?

I've got three AppleScripts that respectively toggle system mute, increase volume, and decrease volume. (For use with an old keyboard). They work fine when I run them as a workflow in Automator and ...
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How do I add a script to the Service menu?

See "How do I automate this repetitive task?" I'm posting here so I can show some screenshots of the work in progress. I'm very new to both StackExchange and also Automator. Don't yet know my way ...
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What is the difference between 'Application' and 'Process' in OS X?

As I increasingly dabble with AppleScript and OS X tweaking in general, I arrive at this question: What is the difference between these two words in terms of OS X's inner operations - e.g. do some ...
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Is there a way to make OS X Services (from Automator) work in GTK apps?

I’ve written a simple Service using Automator which takes a number in text and adds sales tax to it, replacing the original number, and a companion service which does the reverse. I wrote these with ...
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Services as links for context menu

Is it possible to make a link to service? I am developing service for context menu, but each time I want to check it, I need to copy this service to directory ~/Library/Services Any ideas how to link ...
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Shift-Option-Command-S has stopped working in Photoshop and others

For years, I have used Shift-Option-Command-S for "Save for web" in Photoshop. It's also the same command in Acorn. A couple of months ago, the key combination does nothing, in either app. Both ...
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Where Is The “Summarize” Service On OS X Mavericks?

In previous versions of OS X, you could find the Summarize service by highlighting the text you want to summarize, going to the app name menu, click service, and then clicking summarize. Call me ...
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How does the Summarize Service in OS X work?

I’m quit impressed with the Summarize Service in OS X. But its unclear to me, how the service does the summarising. Could someone please explain this to me?
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What does Apple monitors on Apples' computers?

The fallowing IP's pop-up some times on netstat (all 4 uses tcp4): 17.167.140.65 17.158.52.58 17.172.232.91 And the most information I could get is that theses IP's belongs to Apple. Anyone knows ...
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Custom keyboard shortcut not executing service

I have a custom keyboard shortcut created for a finder service to compress selected files. However despite working once or twice when I first created it, it has no effect now. The service works ...
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Automator Get Filename of Selected File

I'm trying to create a Service where I can select an individual file, right click, go to Services and tap Perm Delete using Automator - i.e.: rm <path> I've looked around and i just can't find ...
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Select a menu item in AppleScript without using “System Events” in 10.9 Mavericks

I was just answering another question and was reminded of a new "feature" in Mavericks. I used to have a number of small Automator Services that took no input but did something useful when tied to a ...
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iCloud for Automator and services

Since Mavericks, Automator is now able to store services (.workflow) in iCloud. The problem is that services are not available in the Services menu or contextual menu (right-click) when I store them ...
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Mavericks Server - nothing enabled, but services still running and logging messages

I have a Mavericks server with ALL services disabled in Server.app in an attempt to figure out what's causing a huge number of log messages. When I check to see what services are running, I see the ...
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Does letting services like PostgreSQL, Redis, MongoDB and Mysql run all the time eat up battery life and system resources?

I'm a web developer and so I tend to run a lot of server applications on my machine to make local development easier. Right now I use foreman to start the up as needed per project. I do this in the ...
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Centralizing music collection to a NAS — Enable streaming to devices

I'm currently setting up my new NAS and would like to move to a more centralized solution for storing my music collection. I've been reading up about DAAP and how to use it to run an Itunes server. ...
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Any non-Java, lightweight, free DLNA media renderer (DMR) for Mac OS X?

I am trying to hookup my mac mini with 5.1 stereo and want to use it as kinda like music jukebox. So I want push music to it via DLNA/uPNP, make it as DMR Found some options medialink - $20 ...
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Emacs macos keyboard handling problem

I'm looking for "unity-win7" like solution, where I can run cmd+num for activating browser, console, editor etc... I found Activator and Services in osx, however, I can't use cmd+num because many app ...
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Weird spam message overlay appears on my iPhone's screen (FLASH SMS)

This weird message keeps appearing every few days and it's very irritating. It always contains spam messages that asks me to accept or cancel invitations to random services (weekly jokes, pics etc). ...
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Can I make GIMP work as a MacOS X Service?

I would like to be able to use GIMP as a MacOS X Service. That is, I want to be able to select an image in a document, choose Services->Edit Image in GIMP, bring the image into GIMP, make changes, ...
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Automator service to print a relative path of selected files printing everything twice

I have a service that copy the selected file's paths and put them on the clipboard. It kinda works, except everything gets printed twice. The service is like this: Get selected files from Finder > ...
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How can I turn off the gamed service or more generally, any service?

Yeah, bought a Macbook Retina, come from a Linux background where this stuff is usually a question of removing via the package manager. Anyhow, I don't play games on this, it's purely for ...
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What do I need to know for setting key combination shortcuts

I am running OS X Mavericks 10.9 and I want to create a new key combination shortcut for, lets say, 'Look Up in Dictionary'. Personally I think CommandShiftD or CommandOptionD would be nice. When I ...
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Is there any way to seamlessly translate a mail inside Mail.app?

Having recently moved to Germany, I receive tons of German emails. My current workflow is definitely not efficient: Copy mail contents, goto translate.google.com, paste content.. The ideal solution ...
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AppleScript - “Close tabs to right of current tab” in Safari 7

I have been using the AppleScript below as an Automator service in order to get Safari to close all tabs to the right of the current tab. However I have updated to Mavericks (10.9) and find that this ...
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How to disable/always allow assistive access on Mavericks?

I've been using this script (AppleScript) bound to a global hot key as an Automator Service to open new terminals using a global keyboard shortcut. After upgrade to OS X Mavericks when the ...
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Disable Services in OSX (services.msc)

Is there a Services.msc or ntsysv utility for OSX? I just want to harden my OSX by disabling any unwanted service and it's ports.
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Can I create a service in Automator that will run without having a file selected?

When creating services in automator, the topmost options is "Service receives selected..." Is there a way to create a service that just works on the currently open finder window, without having a file ...
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Run applescript as a service

I have the following applescript bundled as .app (using Platypus) and starting on user logon (12.4 MB for each user) #!/usr/bin/osascript -- INICIO DAS FUNCOES EXTRAS set app_path to path to current ...
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Is it possible to use Apple Push Notification Service only for local network?

I have an apsd process which stands for Apple Push Notification service daemon man_page_on_developers.apple.com (it has a name applepushserviced on osx 10.7 and lower). Is it possible to restrict it ...
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What does lsboxd process do on os x?

My firewall asked me for a connection from lsboxd (module com.apple.ls.boxd, ) to one another computer in my network to the port tcp 548. What does it do? I found that it is a part of sandbox ...
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Is it possible to create a user without a home directory?

I want to create a user to run tomcat on my system and was wondering if it is possible to create a user without a home directory like it is possible in linux.
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GUI service manager for OS X?

I am looking for a GUI application, with in icon on the top bar, that can be used to start and stop different services on OS X. These do not have to be real OS X (launchd) services/daemons, it is ...
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How do I invoke a service using Applescript?

I'm using Circus Ponies NoteBook which doesn't support Applescript methods. It does support creating services that can clip the current selection into a NoteBook page. This allows me to select text ...
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How to get Automator to treat text as RTF?

I am writing a book and trying to add a service to provide syntax highlighting to text selected in Pages with Automator. I have a service accepts selected text and runs it through a shell command ...
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Is there a way to enable “Services” menu for an application?

Almost every OSx Application has a service menú like this: But I've found that my HipChat for MAC doesn't have. I don't know if there is a setting that will enable this menu or it is something ...
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How to disable Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) on OS X 10.8?

I am using an iMac at work, and the IT security guys are raising issue with the Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) trying to bypass the proxy continually. I would like to know how I can disable ...
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System Services in Automator won't start

For about a week it occurs that System Services created in Automator suddenly refuse to work. It happens on all Services, system-wide, i.e.: Open in Marked in Byword Create Symlink in Finder ...
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Services on homescreen jailbroken iphone

On my jailbroken iPhone 5 with ios 6.1.2 I sometimes see all kinds of services from applications filling up my homescreen. Most of the times this happens after installing an application. After a ...
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Avoid using command for keyboard shortcuts

I work with a disabled person who uses their communication-aid to control their iMac through keyboard and mouse commands. I'm setting up keyboard shortcuts to launch applications directly using ...
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How to create Automator Service to change font of selected text?

I'm trying to create a "Service" in Automator that changes the font of the selected text in the frontmost app.
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What does “reveal” do from, e.g., the services menu?

"Reveal" seems to be an alternate action to "open" - except it just opens some random thing that I have no control over. For example, "revealing" a ruby file in the Finder opens Path Finder (the third ...