AppleScript is the Mac OS scripting language.

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Find path of button in browser for Applescript

I'm trying to click on a button in Safari with Applescript. I know the code must be something like: tell application "System Events" tell process "Safari" click button " ENTER " of ...
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AppleScript hangs when mounting notremovable encrypted image

I want to mount a dmg as nonremovable image using AppleScript as described here. The difference is that my dmg is encrypted. When I execute do shell script "hdiutil attach /path/to/my.dmg ...
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Batch format and convert word documents in mac OSX

I am looking for a way to format multiple word documents (in a same formatting) and then save them as PDF. Specifically: Format orientation, page margins, page columns, and font. Save the formatted ...
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Delete Directories that Contain Specified File in Mac OS X

How do I delete a folder that contains a file or folder with a specific name? E.g. I want to delete all folders that contain the file "things.txt": /dirA/ /dirB/things.txt /dirC/ /dirD/things.txt ...
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Why Does Clicking on Applescript Notifications Open the AppleScript Editor?

I'm experimenting with AppleScript and with Python. But the big issue i'm having now is not about Python specifically. The end goal is to be able to write Python scripts that use AppleScript features. ...
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save multiple tabs to chrome Pocket extenson

I use the Pocket extension to read pages offine on an Ipad, but it's tedious to click the icon for every page. Most of the time I open multiple tabs on one subject. Does anyone have a piece of ...
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Applescript to run when connection to specific network on OSx

I have an apple script that I can manually run that will connect to a couple network drives. I would like it to have that script run when my mac connects to a specific wireless network connection ...
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Applescript for Hotspot Shield

I'm trying to build a simple Applescript to control the 'Connect' and 'Pause Protection' buttons in Hotspot shield VPN, but there is no applescript dictionary or menu bars for the programme. Does this ...
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In an AppleScript, how do I call/reuse a subroutine from another AppleScript?

snippet 1a on removeText(searchText, sourceText) set prevTIDs to text item delimiters of AppleScript set text item delimiters of AppleScript to searchText set sourceText to text items of sourceText ...
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Batch APPEND (RENAME) a specific keyword to set of files

I have few files namely - "a", "b", "c",etc.. I want to add the keyword: ".mov" to all files in that folder. Please suggest me an approach which script will be best suited for this - AppleScript, ...
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Batch TRIM (RENAME) a specific keyword from set of files

I have few files namely - "a.mov-, attachment", "b.mov-, attachment", "c.mov-, attachment",etc.. I want to trim the keyword: "-, attachment" from all files in that folder. Please suggest me an ...
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How can I bind scrollwheel to a key in Mac OS X?

I am new to using a Mac, and I have used AutoHotKey applications that rebind the mouse scroll wheel (for example, E = scroll up by 1 mouse wheel "tick" of sorts) to a specific window title, eg. "Game ...
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Prevent application from detecting screen zoom on Mac OS X

I have an application which streams live television, using a rather expensive portable mobile decoder. And for some reason the company that controls the app has decided to limit the screen size of the ...
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Applescript won't open applications on my external monitor

I'm trying to open a new MacVim window with Applescript, and have found partial success with this: do shell script "cd \"~/code/application\"; ~/bin/mvim > /dev/null 2>&1" This works ...
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Can one show or hide the Mac OS X on-screen keyboard via either keystroke or API?

I would like to show and hide the Mac OS X on-screen software keyboard (fig. 1) with a keystroke, but no actions to do so are available when customizing the keyboard shortcuts via System Preferences. ...
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disabling password require via applescript freezes Mac

I wrote little script to enable/disable screensaver and password check. Idea is that when my iPhone is near to my Mac (Proximity app checking this), screensaver and password check should be disabled. ...
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How can I concatenate multiple clipboard selections in Quicksilver?

I've been using Quicksilver's clipboard module for years but I've always wanted to do this: copy several bits of text. Then paste them as a concat'd list. I found this Stackoverflow post trying to do ...
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Mail.app rules not triggering

I have a mail.app rule set up to run an applescript when incoming emails come in with a certain subject, but it does not trigger. I see the emails in my inbox, and the rule is activated, but it does ...
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Change screenshot default name

How can I change the default screenshot name, to whatever I have written on Preview search tool at the time of the screenshot. As a function on terminal or as a script. Using OS X Mavericks. Thanks in ...
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Make alias in a folder to be chosen

I want to make an alias of selected files or folder in other folders, which I want to be able to choose each time from a pop-up window. This was something that was available on previous OSX versions ...
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Request help/advice with my automator/applescript service

I created an automator service that runs a very simple applescript: on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" set theFile to selection set theFolder to choose folder move ...
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How can I incorporate an applescript function into Xcode?

So I have a Cocoa-Applescript project, and I am creating an application: I have this script in applescript, it's in automator. set input01 to (input as text) The rest is kinda secret, but I'll ...
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How can I use AppleScript to open a new Safari window on the current desktop space?

I need to open a new Safari window in the current desktop space using AppleScript. NOT move to another space which has Safari running and then open another Safari window. Of course, if Safari is not ...
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AppleScript shows “Document could not be opened. You don’t have permission.” but file can be opened?

I am getting a "The document [filename] could not be opened. You don't have permission" when attempting to access several files in an AppleScript. However, I can open these files manually without ...
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Outlook on a MAC and the 1GB limit

While waiting for MS Office 2014 to arrive and address the 1GB limitation, has anyone written an AppleScript for detecting file size on an Outlook file/folder to send a threshold exceed warning ...
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How can I script my MacBook to open Day One every morning when I open my computer?

I have this idea in my mind that every morning, when I first open my computer, all programs are closed except Day One, so that I can start journaling first thing every day without any distractions. I ...
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Emailing folder's content through AppleScript

I'm trying to write an AppleScript that e-mails all files of the specified folder. It works as expected when there is only one file but doesn't when there are more than one. It just gives me this ...
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Changing Mac OS X text-to-speech voice per contact in Messages.app

I am quite enjoying using the Speak Events.applescript handler in my Messages.app. It speaks the incoming messages. I'd like to have a male voice for my male contacts and a female voice for female ...
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condition in applescript if directory is empty do this, else do that

So far I've got this: property watch_folder : alias "Macintosh HD:Users:davidcuster:iFlicks:Watch Folder:" tell application "Finder" count files of entire contents of watch_folder if the ...
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OSX: check for subfolders, flatten directory structure into new folder, then move to desktop

I am in the process of cleaning a huge library of mangas (mostly -but not only- image files). Each manga has a main folder containing subfolders, one for each volume. But sometimes, volume folders ...
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OSX : Find all zip and rar in a selected folder then unzip and unrar

I am in the process of cleaning a huge library of mangas (mostly -but not only- image files ). Each manga has a main folder containing the different volumes, sometimes in .zip, sometimes in .rar. ...
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File sync solution with pattern matching

I have a directory I want to sync over the cloud using a service like Dropbox. But, within that folder, I only want to sync directories that match a particular pattern. For instance, sync all folders ...
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Applescript + pdfpen for ocr on multiple files: how to move on when pdfpen freezes

I'm using the following AppleScript to batch-process pdfs for ocr: tell application "Finder" set target_folder to target of front Finder window repeat with i from 1 to count (every folder of ...
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Condition in AppleScript if directory doesn't contain extension recursively then quit app

This seems to work. The only problem is it is not recursive. property Location : alias "Macintosh HD:Location" tell application "System Events" to files of Location whose name extension = "ext" if ...
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Get path to applescript stored on iCloud

I wrote a shell script which calls an applescript to do some work. The applescript is in iCloud, so I'm manually writing the path to the document storage location... osascript ~/Library/Mobile\\ ...
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How to allow an application in Mountain Lion in the “Security and Privacy” settings?

Every time I was trying to use an Alfred workflow written in Applescript, I got the error "No user interaction allowed". In Mavericks there is an "Accessibility" option in the "Security and Privacy" ...
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Applescript to close box by hitting ok automatically

I need to create a script that automatically closes a popup box that opens approximately every 55 - 65 seconds. Once the box opens, you merely hit OK (within the box) and it closes. I created an ...
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Apple Script - Reopen Closed Finder Windows

I have the following Applescript which toggles the show/hide hidden files and I would like to reopen the user's Finder windows which will be closed as the Finder gets relaunched. tell application ...
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Get the media buttons on my bluetooth headset working with Spotify on OS X

I just bought a Parrot Zik, which is a pair of bluetooth headphones with volume control, play/pause and next-prev buttons. (Or gestures, as they come with the Zik). The phones work beautifully with ...
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Is it possible to grab and store the returned window id of a terminal opened through applescript or bash?

I have been working on this "dashboard" to help control my localhost server environment. It has been scripted in bin/bash for reference. I recently discovered I can use the bin command "osascript" to ...
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Sorting Files into Subfolders based on EXIF Date

I have a huge directory from a HDD recovery that contains 70000+ JPEG files. I tried playing around with some AppleScripts, that I found, but had no luck. I already installed EXIFtool, which might be ...
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Automator service - deleting last page from PDF

I was reading this post on deleting first page from the PDF. How can I modify the desribed work flow in order to delete the last page from the PDF?
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Get path of parent folder of script location : Applescript

Background: I'm trying to write a simple applescript app that will launch a tcl app, but I'm getting stuck on the first part of the script. I need to get the parent folder of the path to the ...
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How to automate a printer installation on a Mac

I would like to automate the installation of network printers (shared via Windows print servers - i.e. smb) onto clients' Mac. Since I am new to the Mac world, I would like to get recommendations ...
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How can I launch an app, wait for it to exit, then launch another app with AppleScript/Automator?

Without printer drivers on mavericks, I have to launch a headless VM on Fusion to get an AirPrint server but I don't want to keep it on when I start another VM on Parallels, so I want to stop it at ...
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How do you duplicate current open Finder view in new tab (Mavericks)?

In a thread on this forum there is an interesting solution on how to open a duplicate of an already open Finder window with the help of an AppleScript: How do you duplicate current open Finder view? ...
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AppleScript - “Close tabs to right of current tab” in Safari 7

I have been using the AppleScript below as an Automator service in order to get Safari to close all tabs to the right of the current tab. However I have updated to Mavericks (10.9) and find that this ...
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How to update Mac OS X Mavericks desktop background from a script

How can I update Mac OS X Mavericks desktop background from a script? Update Mac OS X desktop background from a script worked up to OS X 10.8, but doesn't work anymore. The desktop defaults to the ...
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Disabling VLC's crash message

I have a Mac Mini running videos on loop to display publicly, which occasionally crashes I think generally when other OSX functions kicking in. I have a script to detect when VLC is not running and ...
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How to exec command in iTerm 2 from applescript?

Trying to execute a command from applescript. tell application "iTerm 2" make new terminal tell the current terminal activate current session launch session "Default Session" ...