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Idea: I select text, and it gets replaced with <sometag>selected text</sometag>.

Code:

on run {input, parameters}

tell application "System Events" to keystroke "<tag>[what should go here]</tag>"

    return input
end run
  • "I select text, and it gets replaced with selected text." So, isn't that replacing the text with itself ? Otherwise, I don't get it. – CJK Oct 25 '19 at 10:34
  • I have edited it. Some elements were hidden by stack. – personanongrata Oct 25 '19 at 10:43
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    Thanks. That's easy, though I don't have a computer currently so you'll need to suffer with an absence of screenshots in my answer, which I'll type out now. – CJK Oct 25 '19 at 10:46
  • Thank you, this will literally save hours. – personanongrata Oct 25 '19 at 10:53
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Briefly, have your workflow accept Text from Any Application and check the box that is labelled something like Output Replaces Selection.

Then, all you need is a single Execute AppleScript action, in which you should replace any example code with this:

on run {input as text}
    return ["<sometag>", input, "</sometag>"] as text
end run

which can also be written like this:

on run {input as text}
    return "<sometag>" & input & "</sometag>"
end run

The workflow would need to be saved as a Service or Quick Action, and then be activated in System Preferences where other "Services" are listed.

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