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An application developed by Apple for macOS that implements the creation of workflows.

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How to read text from clipboard with waiting list?

I ask you, please, if you could tell me how to read text from the clipboard with a waiting list? I want to select text (which copies itself to the clipboard with the Auto Copy extension of the Chrome ...
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Mass Convert Numbers to CSV/Excel (Watch me do)

We have a department that has been using a copy of an Apple Numbers file to input daily data into and save them daily. The numbers file is designed with multiple tables etc. - but they have the same ...
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Find video files across drives and pass to VLC

Over 8 or so external hard drives, I have ~40,000 video files, acquired over the course of 15 years of video production. On our screen in the lobby of our studio, we want all of these files to shuffle ...
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Help in trying to make an Automator script .jpg Contact Sheet

So I have a friend who makes these nice contact sheets, by using FastStone Image Viewer 7.5 on a PC... I am on a Mac. Is there a way to take .jpg files I have and run an automator script to make a ....
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How to run "node index" from a folder in terminal

I've managed to open the terminal in the right folder using AppleScript. but I can't figure out how to make it run node index. How the line of code looks so far: do shell script "open -a '...
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How can I stop Mac Automator using previous specification for my actions?

How can I stop Automator using previous specification for my actions? I’m going crazy with Automator. I have three folders : Deployed, Draft and Live. In both folders there is a Public folder: I want ...
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Automate renaming a part of a filename from another folder for versioning purposes

I have psd files in a folder which i have to output multiple crops, the crops creation are automated to come extent but i need to make sure my versioning is the same. Example Logic Get contents of '...
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Automator Thumbnail Replication Issue

Last week I created a thumbnail using Automator. The thumbnail file was saved to my desktop. Yesterday the thumbnail started replicating by the thousands on my desktop. I turned off the action in ...
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Disable TimeMachine with AppleScript and Automator on Monterey?

I was using an App created with Automator to quikly disable and enable Time Machine backups on my Mac with just one click. I was using a command that for some reason seems to doesn't work since I ...
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Keyboard shortcut to hide the extension of selected files in Finder

How can I set up a keyboard shortcut to hide the file extension of each selected file in Finder? For example, if ⇧⌘E were such a shortcut, I could conveniently press ⌘A to select all files in the ...
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Calendar alarm - Events repeating after unlocking computer

Running macOS 12.3.1, but I have noticed this in previous macOS issues. Setup: I have an calendar alarm setup through automator which runs a specific script Issue: when I unlock (using the account ...
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Batch Change Created Date using Automator and CSV File

I have 1,500-some Facebook photos all showing with the same date as they come from a data download. Through the magic of regular expressions, I have generated a CSV file where each row has the ...
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Set Date Modified to oldest of selected files in Finder?

I'm trying to write a shell script to use in a Service I'm creating in Automator to change the "Date Modified" of all files selected in Finder to the date of the oldest modified file ...
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How to restart "pinch-to-zoom" feature via terminal?

Both my macs have been having this issue with the latest releases of MacOS: Quick Look stops working randomly and Finder needs to be relaunched. Pinch-to-zoom feature stops working with the trackpad (...
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Create a shortcut for opening file paths

in my office we're using Dropbox as our file server and we're sending a lot of file paths all the time. I'm looking for a way to speed this up. I know how to change the shortcut cmd + option + c so ...
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Duplicate entry in Music database

Sometimes I find that an album shows two copies of the same song. All the metadata is the same, and they actually both point to the same file. (Not to a "file.mp3" and a separate "...
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Create an Automator action to insert a PDF table in Excel using data from picture

I'd like some help to create an Automator workflow to carry out the following please: Select a PDF file containing a table of data Convert the PDF file to an image Open Microsoft Excel and import the ...
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Is it possible to toggle app visibility via an app or automation?

I'm trying to figure out a way to toggle the visibility of any app, regardless of the active desktop space, similar to how the app Slidepad works, if possible. Slidepad is limited to being a browser, ...
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Folder Actions not triggering with ffmpeg created files

I run an ffmpeg script to clip out video files. On output, these new clips are created in a directory that has a Folder Action attached to create a checksum for each file. However, the action does not ...
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The action “Find Finder Items” encountered an error: “Unable to search with Spotlight.”

EDIT: Ok I give up using Automator actions, probably it has something to do with my external drive being ExFat not indexed or something. If anyone has an AppleScript code or whatever workaround to ...
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Using Automator to create new folder and copy

I've dug around trying to find a solution that does the following, but haven't had much luck: So far what I've been able to make work is to have finder select specific files in my documents folder and ...
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Automator questions - Copying files to new location [duplicate]

So I have some questions about the Automator. I'm doing a fairly simple task with it and that's why it boggles my mind that it doesn't work. Always brings me the same info "The action "...
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How can I trigger a mac daemon on an event other than scheduling a time interval?

I have made a few Mac daemons in the past. They either run at launch or run at a specific time interval, for example, once every hour. I would like to know if it's possible to run a program on an ...
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Shortcut to change display arrangement [duplicate]

I am using the m1 Air in conjunction with an external monitor. I often change the arrangement from my Mac being on the left of the display, to the right, to the front, etc. Is there a shortcut to ...
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Help with simple Automator script

Id like to be able to select files(s) from the desktop and be able to choose from the quick menu which sub-folder to move them to. I have this now But it only gets me Modeling and I want the ability ...
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Automator on a SMB server

Trying to have Automator perform tasks on a smb:// mounted volume. Currently it can make a "New Folder" but is unable to make use of "Find Finder Items" as this yields no results. ...
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Message a number using Services - Automator

When I highlight a number and right-click on it, I want to be able to access the Messages app to text that specific number. I have tried many different ways but none has worked. Not sure what ...
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Change creation date to folder name - batch

Hi I have a load of jpg and avi files in sub folders which are named with the date the files were created. Unfortunately the files themselves have incorrect creation dates which I would like to batch ...
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Automator and Applescript apps are broken

I have a MBP Pro mid 2012, Catalina. Suddenly my automations are getting a message saying unknown developer: I had to install a clean os and restore from a back up 3 weeks ago and used image2icon to ...
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Apple Script if input has specific word in it delete it and everything followed by that word

In this question here I thought that my automator script isn't working on different macs. That wasn't the case. The real reason why it wasn't working was because the input was faulty. The script ...
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Automator Apple Script sometimes work, sometimes doesn't

I've wrote (and collected from different places on the internet) an Automator Apple Script to share network drive locations between Windows and Macs. It works that all mac users can rightclick a file ...
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Is there any way of extracting Dictionary.app entries for a list of words?

I've been trying to find an optimal way of getting Oxford Dictionaries API entries into Anki flashcards, but a rudimentary python script was the furthest I got. Then I found out that the Dictionary....
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How to add version to an Automator service workflow

I have a workflow which is installed as a Service. It is used to call code in my AppleScript applet. The Service has one action: a "Run AppleScript" action. I update the Service quite often ...
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Change MacBook screen scaling via AppleScript

I am trying to change my MacBook Pro 14"s scale setting via AppleScript. The setting should toggle two resolution settings. I found the following script here: https://stackoverflow.com/a/62664159/...
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Schedule email with attachment with Automator

I'm having issues when trying to add an attachment to a scheduled Email in Automator. If I use Add Attachment to Front Message it opens my predefined message and adds the file but as soon as I add ...
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Grayscale scheduling Mac, iPhone, iPad

Is there a way to enable grayscale scheduling for either of these devices? I want to schedule grayscale mode on from 11PM->7PM the next day, and off from 7PM->11PM.
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New to MacOS, need a automator that can copy cells from Google Sheets to fill up form in Safari/Chrom [duplicate]

I am new to MacOS, have been using Windows all my life I normally use AHK (Auto HotKey)to copy cells from Google Sheets, and automatically fill in a web form and press generate. Normally I assign the ...
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Is there a way of toggling dark mode using the Shortcuts app?

I've come across ways (AppleScript to toggle dark mode with fading and How to toggle dark mode on and invert colors using Automator) of toggling dark mode using Automator and AppleScript, but haven't ...
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How can I add shells to the list in Run Shell Script in the Automator now that the .plist is on the read-only volume?

This question has what seems like a duplicate here, but I have an update. The answer to that question -- how to add a shell to Automator -- is to modify Shells.plist. Specifically: The list of these ...
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Trigger Automator folder action when content of a folder is removed

I want to trigger the automator folder action when I remove a file from a folder, is there a way to achieve this? The folder action works perfectly when I add something to it but not when I remove it. ...
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Program Automator to set FOCUS (do not disturb/sleeping/work) during scheduled meetings within iCal

I'm looking to somehow have my MacBook go into do not disturb or the new updated "focus" mode upon certain Scheduled events. I've put tag's in the notes of the events that I want to trigger ...
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Can the new Mac OS Shortcuts be triggered from a folder similar to the legacy folder actions?

I would like to be able to set up an export from Lightroom Classic to a folder on disk that automatically imports the pictures to an Apple Photos album. Mac OS has a legacy feature called "folder ...
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Duplicate a file, rename it to a several nonsequential name. No scrip experience

I have 1 file that I need to duplicate a number of times and then rename those copies to different nonsequential SKU numbers from a list of numbers. I usually use Automator but when I get a large ...
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Setting font colour of outgoing emails in Mac Mail

It is not possible to set a default colour, other than black, for outgoing email messages in Mac Mail (MacOS). Within Mail there are preferences for font and font size, but changing default colour is ...
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Make Automator app generate thumbnails for the files it's associated to?

I have this Automator (shell script) app that I use to open some encrypted pdf files with Preview: cat test=$(head -c 10 "$@") echo $test if [ "$test" == "-----BEGIN" ] ...
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Tool to combine Pages documents?

Every new semester I have to paste the same updated information about my office hours, lecture schedule etc into syllabi (in Apple Pages docs) that have a lot of unchanged information about the ...
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Running a script every time I switch between apps on OS X

Is there a way I can run a script (either bash or AppleScript) every time I switch between apps? Switching between windows is also acceptable. I checked Automator but I could not find it.
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More than one input to Automator shell script step?

I'm trying to use Automator to create a "Quick Action" that will archive and encrypt a folder. I create a workflow that looks like this: [create archive] [ask for text] - for password [...
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Automator Action Without Visual/Display

So I am new to using Automator for Mac, and I just created and ran an Automator action to change the folder views of a large number of folders on my computer. So far this seems to be working, the only ...
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VS Code doesn't find fish if called via Automator

I've using /usr/local/bin/fish as my default shell, which works fine both in Terminal and in the Terminal within VS Code. I was recently trying to add an Automator action to open VS Code from a given ...
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