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

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Sort files and folders by date added in folders named after week number [closed]

How can I move all files and folders in a folder based on date added in folders named anything like YYWW or 24w01 24w02 24w03 for example? New folders can be made in another location initially. This ...
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Can I use Applescript to have Safari save a specific page’s contents as source?

I need to have Safari visit a specific URL, and "Save As... page source" to a specified location in my Home folder. I don't want to actually see Safari while this is going on - unless that's ...
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Created a folder structure using Automator. I need to update the folder names before it's generated

I've recently created an application using Automator on my Mac to generate a specific folder structure. The application works perfectly in creating the structure, but I'm facing a challenge with ...
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Automator will only propagate "Home" from an AppleScript list picker through Selected Finder Items

I'm trying to have a user select a primary key from a MySQL database, merge that string at the beginning of a list of selected Finder items, then feed the resulting string into a bash shell script. It ...
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Automator - Increase font size of rtf file

I have an automator quick action that receives text as input and prints it out. How do I increase the font size of the text that I want to print?
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How to save a screenshot and copy it to clipboard in one key press?

The AppleScript code from Copy screenshot to clipboard in addition to saving the file doesn't work anymore. I tried Automator, but when I assign the keyboard shortcut to it, it doesn't work and gives ...
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Unable to kill MDCrashReportTool process via AppleScript

A long-standing bug in Mac OS X causes syncing of iDevices. You have to kill the MDCrashReportTool process to continue syncing. I made an Automator app to run a short AppleScript to do this. However, ...
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Using Imagemagick commands in Automator with passed images

I am trying to make a workflow in Automator that takes video screenshots and ideally at the end montages them into one image. I have the video shot working, and is saving into a timestamped folder, so ...
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Possible to enable and disable wifi logging and creating diagnostic report from terminal command line?

Regarding these 3 options available from holding option key while clicking the wifi network icon: I came across post for how to find and launch the Wireless Diagnostics option. I would like to know ...
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iOS feature, script or app to quickly determine who's calling based on AI search of the internet?

Most the time when I get a call from a random number, I ignore it, google it, and call them back if I recognise it’s from someone relevant. This process is annoyingly cumbersome for something I might ...
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Toggle menu bar auto hide by pressing F6

My environment: Sonoma 14.2.1 on MacBook Pro 14 (2021). What I wnat do to is: (1) If I press the F6 key, (2) then DND is on, and at the same time the menu bar auto hide is on. (3) If I again press F6,...
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Can't get shell script to talk to AppleTalk script in Automator

I'm trying to make an Automator Quick Action that will: Take a highlighted word, look it up in a database, allow the user to pick from among the hits returned by the database, and put the user's ...
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How can I run Automator Quick Actions in Firefox?

I have an Automator Quick Action that works fine in Mail, BBEdit, Pages, and a number of other applications that allow you to select text. This Quick Action takes selected text, searches a MySQL ...
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How can I create an Application using Automator that will open a file from finder in VS Code as a new window?

I've found many answers and solutions that partially solve this but I can't seem to put it together. To expand on the title, I want to be able to double click on a file and open it in VS Code as a new ...
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Compiling an AppleScript workflow dependent on script libraries into a self-contained app

When building an AppleScript using Script Editor and some external /Library/Script Libraries, it is possible to make the final app self-contained by compiling it. I tested it by compiling a script ...
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AppleScript to prepend date to filenames works only if more than 1 file is input

I'm new to AppleScript so I'm sure it's something obvious. This works if I have selected multiple files (I use it with the right-click context menu), but if one file is selected, nothing happens (no ...
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Can I Make Applescript to Count Number of Files Created?

I would like to start learning AppleScript. I want to add to my workflow a counter that will keep track of the amount of PDFs i create for a job and keep a tally of those documents. I can then forget ...
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How to automate a macOS Finder Extension with AppleScript or Automator?

I am trying to improve a photo processing AppleScript I've already written. I have a set of files in a folder I'd like to send to an app, DXO PureRaw. I currently do this in with: open newFolderPath ...
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Services: make pop-up containing selected text as part of URI

I’d like to create a lookup for words/phrases not available in "Look-up" or "Translate" (Greek, for example). This requires making the selected text part of the URI.  But it seems ...
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How to add automator scripts to apple shortcuts?

I am trying to run a simple automation I recorded via Automator app, that will open my AirPlay devices and start screen mirroring to my TV (named as TV). I was able to record functional automation, ...
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Trigger automation or notification by counting other notifications

I have one of those rust removal systems that draws from a tank of solution when my sprinkler runs. By counting the number of times that my sprinkler system has notified me it ran, I can know when it’...
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Automator "Watch Me Do" error "-50"

I created a Calendar Workflow using Automator and I used "Watch Me Do" for one part of it. It worked fine for me when I tested but every time it would run overnight, it produced an error ...
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Can Automator be used to visit/upload/save images from a website?

I have a folder on desktop with png images. I'd like the images to be sent to a website (Vectoriser.ai). Uploaded one image at a time (multi drop is not available) and save the result to another ...
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Keyboard shortcut to run Automator service not working in Emacs

I have an Automator service set up to run an application, and I've bound this to a keyboard shortcut (process described at Create global shortcut to run command line applications and Keyboard shortcut ...
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Shortcut to add multiple Tags (aka Labels) in Mac Finder

Using either Shortcuts (or Automator if needed), I'm trying to add multiple tags (labels) to a file. It's simple to add a single tag, but that tag gets overwritten if you try adding another. If you do ...
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Import screenshot images automatically, using an Automator script and Folder Action, referenced photos on server

I have my Apple Photos.app library on my iMac and my referenced photos on a networked Mac mini. The goal is to import all screenshot images automatically, using an Automator script and Folder Action, ...
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Automator workflow to use VLC to turn ogg to mp3

I tried using these scripts posted before but they didn't work for me. cd ~/Downloads/Van Halen - Jamie's Cryin'/step for f in *.ogg; do ffmpeg -i "$f" "${f%.*}.mp3"; done or ...
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Move quick actions to main context menu

I'm using macOS Sonoma 14.0 I've found similar question, but the accepted solution doesn't seem to work on the new macOS, the action disappears from quick actions and that's it. So, is there a way to ...
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How do you disable "suggest completions while typing" autocomplete feature while editing Applescript in Automator?

I think in a recent update to Ventura they added an autocomplete feature to Applescript editing. In Script Editor, there's a setting to enable or disable "suggest completions while typing". ...
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Automator adding dots when I write code

When I type some code in the Run JavaScript box in Automator, it’s always adding a few dots, sometimes replacing what I’m typing. This also happens with Run AppleScript, but not with Run Shell Script. ...
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Auto switch sound sink on power change

I like to switch various working positions at home. I want to make it change to the bluetooth speakers on power plugged in. And switch to internal speakers when unplugged. How to do it with some App ...
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Using AppleScript to add images to Pages document

I am trying to automate the task of inserting an image to a pages document, then change it's arrangement properties to something that normal people use (like "move with text" and "...
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Why am I getting two different formats from Automator Workflow Get Variable Value

I have an Automator Workflow that runs an AppleScript where the operator chooses one of three option from a list {"Move Staff", "Move Retouch", "Move Grade"} A Set Value ...
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Toggle Voice Control with a keyboard shortcut

I found this post from 2 years ago: Toggle Voice Control with a keyboard shortcut? And it's a great solution, I imported it into automator easily, but running the script only seems to open system ...
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Running Python script with a keyboard shortcut in automator [duplicate]

I've written an auto mouse clicker script in Python that clicks on chosen parts of my screen when the script is run. I'd like to be able to do this quickly and repeatedly so want to be able to run it ...
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I want to make the same automation as my iPhone and iPad on my MacBook

I want to make this automation of Shortcuts on my MacBook. How can I make it? I also want to make the opposite automation which is ‘Turn Night Shift On” when turning Personal Focus mode off. Maybe ...
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Fetching an element from a list within a note through automator/scripting

I have a notes file containing a list of names. Is there a way I can copy one of them through automator or through scripting without me having to open the notes app? Notes as in the default notes app ...
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NFC can’t scanned by app, but the phone is recognize it

I want to have my NFC cards (I have 10+ card that I need every day) on my iPhone 13 Pro, and use it instead of theme Office, metro, room door, automated actions, … I tried many apps but they didn’t ...
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Automator Shell Script only runs in Mail and Terminal, but nowhere else - "bad file descriptor"

Runnning Ventura 13.4 on Intel. I wrote a Python script that replaces text by the translated version. It looks like this: import openai import sys # Read the API key openai.api_key = 'Here-is-my-...
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Having automator fire Folder Action when Dropbox adds a file

I'm trying to have Automator move files out of my Camera Photos folder to my local disk when they arrive via Dropbox. It's a great way to reduce my Dropbox usage. I've created an automation that fires ...
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Script to move programs to predefined window/desktop configurations [duplicate]

I want to have a specific window/desktop configuration to remain (or switch to). In detail, I want certain programs to be fullscreen at all times and some in fullsplitscreen (which are respectively on ...
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Apple Automator “zsh:1: command not found: legendary”

This might be the thousandth post about this, but I can't find the answer. Anyway as the title states when I try to run a terminal command to use something called legendary in automator which is an ...
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Avoid "not authorized to send Apple events to System Events (-1743)" in MacOS Ventura from keyboard shortcut

I am attempting to follow the instructions here to create a keyboard shortcut that toggles a window to full screen with no menu bar. On MacOS Ventura 13.4, I always get the error "Not authorized ...
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Toggle natural scrolling [duplicate]

On macOS 13, I'm trying to: Open the Trackpad preferences pane Toggle over to the Scroll and Zoom tab Toggle the Natural scrolling to the opposite of whatever it currently is I don't care how I ...
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How can I detect if an external monitor is connected (HDMI, DP, USB-C) and then start a program/workflow?

I want to launch a specific program or workflow if an external display gets connected to my MacBook (M1) in any way (HDMI, DP, USB-C). I know there is Hazel for folder specific stuff and Automator, ...
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How to launch an Application with a keyboard shortcut?

Using only built-in functionality, how can I launch an Application such as Terminal by key command?
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I don't seem to have Automator?

From what I gather, Automator is just part of macOS. Everywhere I search seems to assume I just have it. I go to Spotlight, type in Automator, it shows up with an app icon which gives me hope. I hit ...
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in MacOS Ventura, how to create a desktop shortcut (or other non-keyboard shortcut) to summon Text-To-Speech controller? [duplicate]

A little background: I'm helping a friend who had a stroke a few years ago and who has global aphasia; as a result it's very difficult for his brain to consistently derive meaning from written words ...
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Is there an easy way to automatically schedule a move of files matching a certain pattern from a user directory to a USB drive?

I'm looking to automate a backup process that involves transporting backup files (with names in the form "*.savf") first onto a Mac Mini (running Yosemite), and then, once they're on the ...
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Automator: Error when running a Word Count service in TextEdit

I followed a brief step-by-step guide for adding word count functionality to TextEdit. Note that the guide instructs: "It will ask you to choose a type for your document; click Service". ...
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