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OS X Services allow sharing data and capabilities across applications. They are invoked by the user either through the active application menu's "Services" submenu or via keyboard shortcuts, typically to act on the data selected in the currently active application.

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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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Executing “Copy Dropbox Link” with a script

I want to create a script that executes the command from the contextual (control-click) menu, "Copy Dropbox Link". How can I access this command with Applescript (or any other Mac scripting service)? ...
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Where are services that belong to a certain application stored? E.g., Make New Sticky Note or New BBEdit Document With Selection

Where are services that belong to a certain application stored? E.g., Make New Sticky Note or New BBEdit Document With Selection. They are not in /System/Library/Services nor in ~/Library/Services or ...
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Wireless Networking in Single-User Mode

How to enable AirPort network (and other) services; in single-user mode? Input: (including prompt string) bash-3.2# networksetup -setairportnetwork en0 <network> [password] Output: Error ...
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How to disable core services safely without screwing up the OS?

There are certain core services in macOS which takes up a significant amount of your CPU and RAM. I don't use iCloud so nothing synchronises but, still Safari needs to run Bookmarks Sync Agent for no ...
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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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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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Can an AppleScript Service discern if selected text is editable?

I have an Automator Service entitled "Calculator" that is comprised of a single "Run AppleScript" action. It takes the selected text and then performs a calculation on this input text. If the ...
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Bug: System Services Remain In Context Menu, Despite Being Disabled

I have found that if one disables the built-in "Search With Google" and "Look Up in Dictionary" systemwide "Searching" Services, they are not actually disabled. In this post, I focus on the "Search ...
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System Data Usage - iOS v10.0.2 AT&T

iTunes Accounts in System Services is draining over 3.5 GB of data per cycle (Settings-->Cellular-->System Services-->iTunes Accounts). I monitored it closely during this data cycle. I have disabled ...
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Get a list of ALL services running and not and whether or not they should be running

The basic problem I am trying to solve is that a Norton Anti-Virus process got stuck soaking up one full processor, and I had to kill it. (there was also a message on the norton app that said ...
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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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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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Access text services via code

Is there a way to access text services such as these through either Applescript or terminal commands?
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Automating opening a PDF from Preview.app in preferred PDF editor

When having a PDF file open in Preview.app, I'd like to click a menu item or keyboard hotkey to open the same file in my preferred PDF editor (f.x. PDF Expert). I suppose it could be done by creating ...
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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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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 left click), ...
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Workflow works from Automator but generates timed out error when run as service

This Automator workflow works perfectly when run from Automator. However, when launched as a service from a keyboard shortcut, the script generates a timed out error. The keyboard shortcut is valid. ...
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Service does not appear in application menu

I created a simple service, that applies Quartz Black&Wite filter (the only block in the program) to a currently opened PDF and would like it appear in Services menu in Preview app. I have chosen ...
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How to set the Escape key to quit a Service?

I want to be able to hit the Escape key on my keyboard to stop a Service (that is comprised of a "Run AppleScript" action in Automator) while it is in the middle of running. Incidentally, if one hits ...
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Text Services Keep Losing Their Keyboard Shortcuts in Mac OS Sierra

I keep having the repeated problem of the Mac text services losing the keyboard shortcuts that I assign to them (in System Preferences > Keyboard Pane > Shortcuts > Services), ever since upgrading to ...
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running python script of global keyboard shortcut in OSx

Hi I wrote a python script to get the size of the file of which I have URL I copied from browser or anywhere; I wanted to create a global keyboard shortcut so I tried to create using Automator > ...
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Services From One Boot Drive Have Installed Themselves On Clean Install Of Another OS On Different Boot Drive

I have a Mac Mini Server with two internal SSDs. Until today, I had only ever installed an OS, Mt. Lion, on one of those drives and the other had remained largely empty, except for when I needed to ...
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How to run an application as a system service?

I'd like to be able to run Plex media server in the background even when not logged on. This is something I could easily setup in Windows but I can't figure out if this is possible in OSX.
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Automator workflow/service or Applescript for looped edits in Preview

I was originally trying this with Automator, but if someone can guide me to accomplishing this easier with Applescript then feel free, though i haven't worked with it before. I'm trying to get the ...
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Is there a way to make OS X Services (from Automator) work in GTK apps?

I’ve written a simple Service using Automator which takes a number in text and adds sales tax to it, replacing the original number, and a companion service which does the reverse. I wrote these with ...
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Launchd continues despite everything

I have a problem with launchd, I created a LaunchDaemon at the time, it didn't work and I then deleted it without unloading it. When I was watching the launchd timeouts with tail -f /var/log/system....
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Has Safari stopped forwarding link URLs to system services when using the link's context menu?

I seem to recall being able to right-click a link in Safari and use a system service from the context menu in order to send the actual link target URL to the service in question. Nowadays when right-...
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how to run aria2c as service in MacOS Catalina

Now I want to run aria2c service in MacOS Catalina, I am using this way: nohup aria2c &! it works fine. But I want to run it as a servcie in real background and start with the System. I am follow ...
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Keyboard shortcut to a Service is not respected when Emacs is open (Emacs takes precedence)

I defined the keyboard shortcut Cmd-Ctrl-5 to a Service via System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Services. It should work globally and indeed works well except for when Emacs is ...
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How do I transfer Services items out of its drop-down menu and show them all at once when right-clicking?

On macOS Sierra (10.12.6), and I have a similar question as this person, but the offered solutions are no longer applicable: Show all services on right click. Apparently, the OS automatically creates ...
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Why does Spotlight not work when invoking it from the context menu?

I am using Mojave and spotlight works as expected when I call up the spotlight window with the regular shortcut — but when I select a word and try to invoke spotlight by right clicking and selecting '...
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Can a faulty MacBook be replaced for a brand new one?

7 months I ago I bought a new MacBook air 2019. Just recently the trackpad of my MacBook stopped clicking. As in, the haptic feedback from the clicking randomly stoped working. I sent my laptop over ...
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How to share the URL of an image in a webpage to an Automator workflow via context menu

I would like to create an automator service that accepts images which allow me to right-click any image in Safari (on my computer) and perform a google reverse image search on it without needing to ...
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MacBook Pro - Mechanical Popping/Clicking Sound

I keep on getting this Popping/Clicking sound randomly throughout regardless of whether the speaker is on or not. The sound seems to be coming from the physical machine, perhaps the screen or the ...
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Change order of services during startup or login

I've read of ways to change startup services' order of execution for Ubuntu. I'm hoping it's possible and simple to do it in macOS as well. I was thinking something like this. My objective is to ...
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Automator service to transform outlook reply body

I'm trying to create a macOS service (in python, preferably) that would allow me to change the rich-text body of an outlook message I'm editing. If I set the service script to receive rich text, it ...
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“service” not showing up

I installed the GlobalProtect VPN on MacOS Darwin 18.7 I cannot remove it. It is attempting to start but does not succeed. It appears in the output of ps aux 518 5.6 0.3 6093596 112332 ?? S ...
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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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Configuring application servers to run as service daemons?

Mac 10.9.5 here. I am trying to figure out how to configured my machine to run an executable (Java) app as a service/daemon, so that it is always running so long as the machine is on. Hence, this app ...
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Automator PDF contact sheet not using all images

I've used Automator to create a service that creates all selected images into a contact sheet. For some reason, the service doesn't want to use all the images; I have a selection of 42 images but only ...
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Text to speech service gone and key binding for it not functioning in Yosemite?

Up until Yosemite I have always had a text to speech service menu option and have been able to readily use a command key combination to trigger the reading of selected text in just about any ...
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Apache starts even if web sharing is disabled

I do web development so I normally have web sharing turned on in the sharing preferences. After upgrading to Lion I have been continuing with the web development projects I have pretty much as ...
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How to use `click` in a shortcut? (Run a service when clicking a link)

Is it possible to run an Automator service with an alternate click, e.g. ⌘ + ⇧ + Click? This kind of combination is built into browsers with ⌘ + Click typically opening a link in a new tab. I have a ...