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

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Automator help: Creating Sub-folder From the Finder items

Can you help with this process of creating a sub-folders from results of "get folder contents"? When we do the finder items, we get all the folder items. In my setup, it's creating a folder on the ...
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Automator Help: copying and renamig files from one static folder to one created dynamically

I am curious to see how can I achieve this action. So far, I created an automator that asks 3 questions: a ticket number, the name of a project and the type of project. That creates a series of ...
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An automator service that opens a file with the same name but different extension of the selected item

My movie collection has this setup: a folder "Movies/Covers" with the images of the covers (jpg files) a folder "Movies/Videos" with the corresponding video files (mostly mp4 files) The files in ...
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Automator help: Creating Same Folder name In Multiple folder. And Move Images from a folder to all these newly created folder [closed]

Can you please help me out with this question? I'm trying to create the same folder name to multiple folders. Here I have three parent folders, First one is a root folder, 2nd one is a state name ...
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Create an automator script to create folder + move files into created folder

Looking to create a service in Automator so when I select multiple files in the Finder, I can in one right-click create a new folder and move the selected files into that newly created folder. This ...
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How to use Automator to filter Finder items on network shares

I was trying to use the Automator action "Filter Finder Items" and wouldn't get any results, I had a feeling it was because it's a network share the source I'm working with. After a little searching I ...
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Shell command works fine as is, but not when executed from crontab. What's the difference?

I created a small workflow with the Automator App, and I want it executed periodically. For that I created an entry in crontab. The problem is that running the workflow straight from the Terminal ...
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How to add a Service to Accessibility permissions

I have a Quick Action which I wrote in Automator (it runs an AppleScript). It is launching from a keyboard shortcut correctly (using this). However, when I try to give it permissions in System ...
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What is the name of the Automator application process?

I want to kill the process of the Automator application, but i can't find the name of it in the activity monitor.
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Menu bar finder scripts always missing

I've added several automator applications to the scripts editor folder and I'd like them to be available at all times in the menu bar dropdown menu. However they're only available in the Finder ...
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Batch-remove mkv titles only, no re-encode

Prompted by the answer to Any way to edit metadata of MKV files (without re-encoding)? it appears I should be able to do this with mkvpropedit, part of MKVToolNix. TL:DR All I want to do is remove ...
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How to stop Automator / other task running in background

I have a process on my MacBook that triggers when a new file is added to certain folders, like my desktop, it copies the file and places it in another directory that is backed up online. The problem ...
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Applescripting Numbers to save, close and quit in an App instead of the Script Editor

After using Applescript to add a new row with data to a Numbers document, I'm trying to save and close the document and then quit Numbers. Using the script below to save, close and quit Numbers works ...
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Keyboard shortcut for in-application action (Spotify play/pause) from another application

Is there a way to write a script, get an app, automator, or etc that would make spotify play/pause with a keyboard shortcut such as 'cmd+alt+shift+p' that would work from outside of Spotify? In other ...
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Save screenshot to clipboard and file, simultaneously [duplicate]

My question is simple enough1, depending on your generosity: the steps posed in the above linked thread are straightforward, except for one small point... I can't find the Service receives no input ...
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Applescript to set environment variable before opening terminal

I have the following Applescript in a workflow assigned to a service hotkey that opens a terminal in a given Finder window: tell application "Finder" set myWin to window 1 set thePath to (...
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How to create a pasting macro

I'm a big fan of the ANSI keyboard layout, but since I'm located in Denmark, the layout is missing the three letters 'Æ', 'Ø' and 'Å'. I want to create three keyboard shortcuts that triggers a paste ...
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Running FFmpeg in Automator/AppleScript

I have written an apple script previously to automate a task I do in my work many times. With Apple updating to Catalina I will lose the use of Quicktime 7 (which is part of my Image sequencing ...
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Applescript service which utilises “on idle”?

I have been trying to run a script on a recurring basis via an apple service. Most answers I have seen have been are for 'stay-open' apps - whilst this possibly works as a solution and I have glanced ...
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Command Line for Final Cut Pro Import?

Is there a command that I can use for importation of files into Final Cut Pro? I tried this next command but Command-O is not the way to import files. open -g -a "/Applications/Final Cut Pro.app" /...
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Why are OSX apps Apple provides “essential” to the operating system and when will we be able to get rid of them? [duplicate]

I hate clutter. And I hate that my laptop (running latest OSX Mojave) is still cluttered with Automater, Chess, FaceTime, Font Book, Home, Mission Control, News, Notes, Photo Booth, Reminders, ...
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Does automator work when screensaver is active

I have set a function in automator that opens a website everyday in specific time (after midnight basically). So I decided to leave mac turned on to let automator work. Instead I trigger screensaver ...
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AppleScript to connect Magic Mouse on iMac

I'd like to write an AppleScript that will connect my Magic Mouse 2. Basically, in words, I'd like a script that will show up in "Services" that opens system preferences, goes to Bluetooth, finds the ...
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Help with AppleScript to automate Numbers Cell Formatting

I do several mundane repetitive tasks using Numbers App on a Mac, and wish I could just automate the same with the help of AppleScript. I got Numbers Spreadsheet with several tables, on the selected ...
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Automate URL Redirection in Mac OS Automator

I would like some assistance to write an AppleScript to automatically redirect amazon.com to smile.amazon.com. I tend to always forget to use smile. With this automator I will never forget to. ...
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How to localize iMovie projects

I'm working on App Previews for my iOS application in iMovie. It contains video footage from device with Disclaimer titles below. I'm looking for a way to localize disclaimer titles. I have 3 videos ...
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How I can run(call) a Automator Workflow in VBA excel for Mac

I have a excel file and like run a VBA Macro that call a automator.workflow. How I can do that ?
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How to set up a VPN connection via terminal?

I found How to create a VPN connection via terminal? but this isn't really what I'm looking for. I regularly have to set up new computers for new users that need to connect to our VPN and I'm trying ...
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Help to replace a blank space with a backslash and blankspace in a variable in Run Shell Command with Automator

Im creating an automator service that transcodes all the files within a folder to a compressor preset by running the following shell script: VAR="/Applications/Compressor.app/Contents/MacOS/...
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Stateful Scripts in Automator?

Is there a way to run stateful bash scripts in automator? I'm trying to run something depending if a file does or does not exist. With bash script alone in terminal the code below works and will ...
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Automator application to open link? [duplicate]

I use a browser launched from the command line (Qutebrowser) and I'd like to make an automator application that takes a URL as input and launches it via a shell script, qutebrowser "$@" &> /dev/...
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How to quit multiple application on mac using an automator app?

I made an application on Automator (app x) that launches few applications (app a,b,c). I was wondering instead of creating another application to quit the apps(app a,b,c), is there a way I can get ...
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how do I copy a table in Numbers 6.0 without losing the formulas?

Im using the newest version of numbers 6.0 and I'm looking for help on duplicating spreadsheets...I'm working on a custom monthly P&L and want to make a new one each month but do not want to lose ...
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Where is the “Open URL” Service?

I created a service using Automator called "Open URL in Public Window". Its purpose is to never open a selected link in a private window (which will happen if the current front-most Safari window [...
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Local-only Automator service (not on iCloud)

I do not want to have the services on iCloud, but instead just local to Mac. Here's what the Automator dialog displays. How can it be done?
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Automator: how to clear 'got' items?

I've created an Automator workflow which (should) create a copy of a particular file in the currently selected folder. (i.e. select a folder, run the Quick Action, get a copy of the file in the folder....
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How do I get Automator to move a folder to Appname.app/Contents/etc

I'm trying to create an Automator Quick Action to move a selected folder into the Resources folder of an app, accessed by clicking Show package contents in the Applications folder. There doesn't seem ...
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Automator and/or AppleScript to automatically Command-F2 to enter Target Display Mode

I'm trying to use Automator with AppleScript to automatically hit Command + F2 to enter Target Display Mode. The script runs but I just get a beep/tone with no action. I don't know if there's an error ...
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How to script file for a Mac with several Terminal commands

I have few Terminal commands which i'm using so frequently,So i though to automate it to reduce the effort of copy-pasting the commands one by one in terminal and time. I created a .command file for ...
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How to make Mojave's quick actions for movies show up in finder?

I've two quick actions for movie files in Automator, one of them was a service before the upgrade, the other one is new. Neither of them shows up as quick actions in Finder, and only the older one ...
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error with automator applescript “do shell script” call (file not found) yet command line with same command works

I have a simple automator app that runs a simple script. It uses ssh to open a file on the local machine, MachineA, with an app on the remote machine, MachineB, and logs the ssh call. on run {input, ...
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How the automate the wifi login of a captive window?

I want to automate filling out a wifi captive portal page on macos because I am not asked to save the password. But only the username gets recorded not the password. The click on the password field ...
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How to start an application when iPad is connected?

I would like to start an application (Duet.app) installed on my macOS 10.14.5 whenever I plug my iPad to the USB port. I tried to do it with Automator, but I have no experience.
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How can I find out which Automator folder actions are attached to a folder?

I spent some time experimenting with building a Folder Action for my Desktop folder. However, it seems like it's running twice. I might have created the Folder Action more than once. How can I find ...
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Finding and Renaming Mislabeled Duplicates

I inadvertently formatted a Time Machine backup external hard drive. I was able to recover many of the files, but not the names of those files. All of the recovered files have generic names like "...
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Adding column to multiple identically formatted tables in Numbers

I have a document in Number that contains many tables with the same format/columns but different content. I'd like to modify the format for all, adding a new, empty column in the same place with the ...
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Rename file names in directory to creation timestamp with second precision

Is there an easy way to do this for files in a particular directory - to have their names be renamed to the file timestamp, with seconds level precision Clarification: For example, suppose a (Mac ...
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Automate moving and renaming files

I have files nested within multiple sub-folders. I want to move these files, one folder up the folder structure and rename the files as per its new parent folder. I will need this to be automated with ...
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Using automator with python script that requires user input during Spotify API authentication process

I have a script that gets name, artist, and spotify ID of the currently playing song, and add the track to a pre-defined spotify playlist. To make the process of running the script a bit easier, I ...
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Invite to share screen (iMessage) - Automation - How?

How can i automate an "Invite to share screen" from iMessages. I share screens a lot with my colleagues and it would just make sense to have an option to quick ask someone to view my screen. Yet now,...