Questions tagged [automator]

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

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Can I trigger an Automator workflow from a Notification Center alert?

I know there are ways to trigger Notification Center alerts inside an Automator workflow. I'd like to do the reverse. I'd like to set up an event listener which, when a particular app emits a ...
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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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How do I create Windows-like shortcuts (with arguments) from the command line?

I've been searching and searching for a process on OS X that creates something as simple and elegant as Windows shortcuts. At the user's direction on install, I need to create a shortcut-like item ...
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How can I create a shortcut to restore my MBP screen to a specific brightness?

I've recently calibrated my MBP's display and my LG 5K 27" display at home. When I'm on the go, at school for example, I would like to be able to raise or lower my screen brightness without screwing ...
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How to save a workflow service as an App?

I have a workflow service I built using Automator that I would like to distribute through the Mac App Store. I've successfully "exported" the workflow, signed with my developer ID. I can open the ...
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How to add a variable in Automator in “To:” field from Mail?

I need to pass a variable in Automator in "To:" field from Mail, but I see that it is only supported in the Subject line or Message.
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Can I assign an Automator workflow to more than one application?

I have created an automator service, and assigned it to an application. I would like to assign it to more than application but not to all applications. Is that possible at all? Would it work if I ...
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How can I permanently force Xerox secure printing?

My clients are printing direct to a network printer (no print server). Xerox have confirmed that the Secure Print Only option is only available in Windows, so I am looking at editing .plists, ...
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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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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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Automator service to create Dropbox symlink

I'm trying to create an Automator service(in the right click menu) that creates a symlink of the folder/file and moves it to the Dropbox folder. This is what I have right now: while [ $# -ne 0 ]; do ...
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Applescript click by position

I'm trying to click on a button using YX coordinate, it's work with some app, but I have one app with two windows which give me an issue. here is my original code tell application "System Events" ...
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Accepting or Declining MacOS Calendar / iCal events with Automator

Problem With Automator, you can select a list of Calendar events via filtering or search. There is an Automator Library action to delete calendar events. However, as far as I can tell, there is no way ...
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How do I hide all windows, past and future, of an App in macOS?

I have a script that is continually opening a new window of an App and then that window closes and the process repeats. However, even if I click Hide on the App, it only hides the window open at that ...
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How to use Automator to batch process images into single PDF per image?

I have thousands of JPGs (old OS X screenshots) I would like to convert to individual PDF's - one PDF per image file preferably using OS X Automator. This is in preparation for setting up an automated ...
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How do I create an Automator-based “Replace Text” Service that works with sandboxing?

I want to create a Service using Automator on macOS 10.12.6. I selected: Service receives selected rich text in any application Input is entire selection ☑️ Output replaces selected text I then ...
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Is there any way to use Automator or a script to change all the font colors on each slide in a PowerPoint presentation?

The professor did not use a template and each text box was made as he created the presentation. Text color varies through the various sentences highlighting words, but I would like to remove these. I ...
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1/10th of My Automator Actions Are Suddenly In Spanish

Anyone hazard a guess as to why? I have not changed my System language settings to Spanish, have not ventured with any Mac/iDevices to a country where the primary language is Spanish and nothing ...
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My service fails with error “WorkflowServiceRunner received error running Workflow Service”. How to diagnose?

I'm following the instructions in the answer to How can I add a due date to OS X Reminders? , to set up a Service which creates a Reminder entry with a due date. I used Automator to create a workflow, ...
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How to remove items in the “Open dictionary” window of MacOS Script Editor?

There are some items in the dictionary that I can't find in the Window -> Resource Library. Actually they are all one application I created with Automator but for some reason appeared multiple times ...
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Schedule open automator application every days works only one time

I'm using macOS Sierra and I have a strange problem: I'm trying to schedule Automator & a Calendar event to open up a file every day when a recurring calendar event occurs. But the Automator ...
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Service shortcut does not work in Finder?

I've added a service through Automator, which opens iTerm2 in the current folder. It works when I click in service menu. However when I try to assign a shortcut for it, it won't trigger. Tried ...
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Folder Action to Import Files into iTunes doesn't work

I'm downloading a large number of mp3 files to a folder using wget (which is very fast). I want to add each new file to an iTunes playlist, and therefore set up a Folder Action in Automator to do ...
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'Add notes' to a Calendar event using Automator

I would like to build a 'Service' for selected text which: Get the currently selected text Creates an Calendar event adds the selected text as a 'note' for that Calendar event I prefer Automator for ...
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Applescript Printer Alerts via iMessage

Is there a way to send an SMS via Applescript/Automator in either of these scenarios: When a low printer ink alert occurs ("Cyan is at or below 10%) With the periodic status of ink levels ("Cyan=10%, ...
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Can I assign my named faces in Photos app to Contacts?

I want use the faces which I determined in Photos app and named them. I have contacts with the same names. I want to link these and I would it done automatically. Is there any way to do this? EDIT : ...
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triggering an Automator flow when a sound is played

i use a chrome extension that plays a 'bing' when changes are made to a website that it's monitoring. this is the only sound that OS X will produce. is there any way to get output of a sound to ...
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Extract PDF Annotations in Automator isn't getting the content

OSX Yosemite 10.10.5. I'm using Preview.app to annotate PDFs. Now I want to extract all of the annotations from the documents, so I open Automator.app and connect the "Get Specified Finder Items" and "...
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Using Automator to call a Service

I use save my PDFs to my Evernote account. I would like to automate this process at the end of the day. Can I use Automator to call the existing service "Add to Evernote" at the end of the day?
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automatically share photos to Photos iCloud Shared Albums

I'd like to script the Yosemite Photos app so that every time I place images to a folder on my desktop, it automatically is imported into the Photos app and uploaded to a shared album. Is this ...
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Automator and Launchd: OSStatus error -10810

I have a number of automator script scheduled in launchd. All the scripts work fine and execute the workflow as expected. These are simple workflows that execute some finder actions and shell ...
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batch convert iWork 08 files to new version on Yosemite

TL;DR Short version: I have a bunch of files that were created with iWork 08. Is there a way, maybe using AppleScript or Automator, to convert them to the new format (Pages 5.5, Numbers 3.5) without ...
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Export image from clipboard to folder

I create a lot of mockups for my mobile phone. I recently heard of the brilliant idea to just put your current mockup as an image into your Dropbox (or whatever cloud your using). Then just take your ...
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Applescript / Automator - Pass variables between them

I have a question about how to pass the applescript input from one computer to another computer's automator input (I created it as a program). I've created the script below to ask for the filename and ...
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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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AppleScript for enabling VPN broken after update to 10.9.3

I've been using an AppleScript for connecting to my office VPN. After updating my macbook to 10.9.3, it fails to execute, and throws an exception Unable to get network preferences (honestly, it is ...
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How can I incorporate photoshop with automator?

I'm new to Automator and want to create some actions of my own, that will work with mainly Photoshop and possibly some other 3rd party apps, but the only options that appear are for Apple apps and MS ...
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Run rake using Automator

I have install ruby using RVM. Next I create workflow in Automator, which detects new files in folder and then copies them to another dir. The next thing I want - to switch to those folder and run few ...
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Automator Application as 'Login Items' to 'Connect to Servers' - Servers don't display in Finder Side Bar?

Have an Automator Application as a 'Login Items' to 'Connect to Servers' (AFP). On login it runs, connects the servers, but does not add them to the Finder Side Bar under 'Devices'. Once logged in, ...
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Run Shell Script action outputs the result as NSAppleEventDescriptor

I'm trying to save the output of a command in a variable, i.e: Run Shell Script Set Value of Variable This has suddenly stopped working because the output from the shell script is no longer plain ...
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How to pass keyboard hotkeys from VMWare Windows VM back to OSX host?

I'm running VMWare 5 on a MacBook Pro, and I'd like to be able to send certain combinations of keys out to OSX while working in my Windows VM. I've set up a couple Automator scripts that do Play/...
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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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Is there a way to launch application in certain screen region with Automator in Mac Mojave?

I can launch certain applications or open certain files through the Automator, but is it possible to specify the layout they will have on-screen ahead of time?
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What causes an automator app from a network share so that normal users can't run it?

I have an application that I made in Automator which is literally just running a shell command. It's stored on a network share and when I copy it to another mac the root account and admin account can ...
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Automator script runs twice on Finder selected files

I'm writing a simple service to open a file in Emacs through selection in Finder. for f in $@ do open -a Emacs "$f" done If a file is selected in Finder (solid blue on the file after ...
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Run `pmset sleepnow` with a hotkey?

I have a 2017 rMB and WASD CODE keyboard that I use with with an external monitor in clamshell mode. I want to put the laptop into sleep mode (not just display sleep) with a hotkey when the laptop is ...
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Why does an applescript not detect success after creating via dragging from a “watch me do” recording?

Background: My goal here is to gather connection speed data that my ISP will accept so I can demonstrate dramatic drops in connection speed lasting 1-5 minutes that I've been experiencing immediately ...
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Running services with keyboard shortcuts has a 0.5 second delay

I've created app launchers for certain apps in Automator and assigned keyboard shortcuts from the Keyboard Preferences menu. When I use these shortcuts I get a 1/2 a second delay. It seems like it's ...
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Using Applescript to execute Javascript in Chrome and set a value to a variable

I'm building a service through Automator. So I'm trying to execute this bit of Javascript in Chrome and set the clipboard to the value of one of the variables. Essentially it is grabbing the contents ...