AppleScript is the Mac OS scripting language.

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How to cache data for comparison between two apps in .db file [on hold]

I'm looking for a way to store cached data from two apps for comparison in a .db file. How can I do this with applescript? Here's what I'm looking for: I want to be able to write to this file I want ...
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Yosemite run “mount volumes” is not same as Mountain Lion

This content has posted in Apple support community but I need the solution urgently so I copied to here. I have a script to mount the shared folder from Windows server (named: servicedesk) as a ...
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Shortcut for moving an email to another folder in Mail.app

How could I setup a keyboard shortcut for Mail.app in OSX Lion so an email in the inbox, which is still unread, when I use this shortcut is moved automatically to some other previously defined folder? ...
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AppleScript based Automator service quite unstable (sometimes very slow, sometimes encounter error)

I have some applescript based Automator services, for instance, Launch Emacs With Selected File: tell application "Finder" set selectedDirectory to (quoted form of POSIX path of (target of window ...
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Make Applescript wait for an application to be closed before running a shell script

I have an applet i made using Applescript which opens an Application and then once it's loaded runs a shell script which unload's Spotlight. I need to make it then wait for me to finish using relevant ...
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Applescript command to make window unclosable

I have an applescript program that auto opens whenever I wake my computer. I would like it to be unclosable until I input a password into it. Tried searching but found absolutely no sources that ...
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How to automate an app to run daily in OS X

I am very new to AppleScript programming. This is my code to open an app at 6 PM. I saved this code an as application, and now I want to open this application automatically daily at 6 PM without any ...
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Why would this tell command start a program?

The following applescript is run as part of a larger program that I regularly use: on run {viewer, path_to_pdf} if viewer is "Skim" then display notification "Skim opened: " & viewer ...
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How do I automatically print only part of a PDF page in OS X?

I frequently have to crop out the top half of a PDF (it's a shipping label) and only print that on A4 paper, instead of the whole label. I can do this very easily with Adobe Acrobat Pro, by opening ...
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iMac G4: auto playing iTunes music using Automator

I have used Automator and I have successfully set up events using it and iCal before. I would like to play a playlist from my iTunes using Automator, the problem is that there is no "Play Playlist / ...
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PHP - Exec on user's GUI session

I am trying to get a PHP script to execute an Applescript which opens an application.* PHP is running under the _www user. And while it can execute Applescripts with the osascript command, it can't ...
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How to create a schedule for SelfControl app

I want to block my blacklist Mon-Fri 6am-12pm and 1pm-5pm (closely related to this post), but I don't know enough about Applescript to know how to set up a schedule. Any ideas for how to achieve ...
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How to move the first tab of Terminal to the end using AppleScript?

Given a Terminal window with multiple tabs, how can I move the first tab to the end? I have tried with this: tell application "Terminal" tell front window set current tab to first tab move ...
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Lync Contacts on Skype not found via AppleScript

When I run the following AppleScript my Lync contacts (added to Skype and visible in my contacts list) are not returned, only native Skype contacts: tell application "Skype" ...
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Saving result of applescript execution to text file

In my script, I get the UI element properties of an application and it is saved in the form of a list in a variable. I want to save this variable into a text file. How do I do this?
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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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OSX AppleScript fails to run as service

I would like to run a simple shell command via hotkeys. So far I've created a service via Automator wich runs the following AppleScript command: do shell script "/bin/bash -c ...
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Closing SugarSync Mac app window with AppleScript

I am trying to set up an AppleScript that will open some apps (including SugarSync) after startup so I don't need to have them as login items. It works, except that with SugarSync it also opens the ...
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MAC OS X - remote SCCM 2012 R2 client installation

I have came across a task to deploy CM client on couple MAC devices in order to manage them. I've watched several instruction videos about how to setup the site server and I'm pretty much clear on ...
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accessing mail attachments with AppleScript in Yosemite

I have an AppleScript to save the attachments of an e-mail message. It worked under OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). Now, with OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), it seems that every attempt to access "mail attachments" in ...
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Applescript create event in calendar, how do I remove the default alert?

Running 10.8 Mountain Lion, I'm trying to create a new event with Applescript like this: set theDate to (current date) tell application "Calendar" tell calendar "Calendar" set timeString ...
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AppleScript and MacOS X for launching App with credentials

Good day, I haven't done a lot of Scripting, and I need to find out how to make a shortcut for an App on the Desktop that will include the user name and password (so they don't have to type each ...
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Execute applescript without open the editor

Every time I want to run an applescript the editor pops up. Is there a way to run it directly?
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Assign a shortcut to running a script in OS X

Does OS X provide an easy way to bind key combinations to commands which are typically run on the command line? For example, is there some way to assign ⌘ Cmd+L as a global shortcut for ...
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applescript permissions for copied files

Using applescript, I'm copying PY files to a location in OSX. However, they don't compile when I load Python, it seems because the permissions havent been set on the files. When I look at "get info" ...
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Different Wallpaper if two monitors are attached

I am working on my MacBook Pro. In the office I have 1 27" Monitor attached to it, at home I tend to work without an second monitor. For that setup I want to change the wallpaper if no 2nd monitor is ...
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AppleScript: how do I store folders' pathnames into an array, replacing spaces with “\ ”?

I have a folder and inside this folder there's a bunch of subfolders. Using AppleScript I wish to store the pathnames of these subfolders into an array. Here's my problem: each pathname containing " ...
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Is there a good utility for resizing application windows to preset sizes in OS X?

I've been using the Better Touch Tool and Right Zoom to be able to maximize windows to full screen, and to resize windows to the center, or top right / left quarter of the screen. Those apps are ...
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Can you resize all mac windows at once? (e.g. when docking)

I've recently bought a Henge Dock, and like the ability to plug my MacBook in and instantly reconnect to all my peripherals (external monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.). The only problem is that when I ...
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OS X Lion Inverted Scrolling Automation Shortcut

As everyone will know (who has Mac OS X Lion), by default, scrolling is inverted to make it a bit like the iPhone. Problem: There is no way to have "normal scrolling" for a USB mouse, and ...
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How can I run an applescript from my Mac with a shortcut (without using 3rd party apps)?

Hi I have an applescript that sends Outlook emails to Omnifocus - and it works when I run it manually, by clicking on and running the script. Is there any way to do this with a shortcut without ...
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Read a notification from OS X Notification Center using AppleScript

Is there a way to gain access to OSX Notifications with an AppleScript? For example, a notification is displayed: Skype - John says: Do you have time? The AppleScript would detect the new ...
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(osX) Applescript to run compile shortcut in TexShop not working while in Sublime Editor

I'm trying to write an script so that when I'm in Sublime I can use a keyboard shortcut to get it to: save in sublime compile in TeXShop (I'm using it with the external editor setting) then switch ...
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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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How can I start a Hangouts phone call with Applescript/Terminal?

I want to initiate a Google Hangouts phone call with Applescript, or Terminal ... or python. (Hangouts.app has an AS dictionary, but with only the default suites.) Basically I want to emulate ...
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Folder actions on OS X observing all subfolders

I have a folder that I would like to add a folder action to. The action works great when the file is added to the top level. But when a file is added to and sub-folders, the action is not enabled. Is ...
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Target Display Mode not working when no keyboard present

When I try to use some kind of command + f2 command either via applescript or screen share, it never works when the keyboard is no longer present. Example, I have an iMac and a laptop where the ...
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Insert AppleScript variables without comma seperating them from text

I need to run a shell script in an applescript like this set key_status to (do shell script "defaults read " & path_to_plist & " PlistKey") But unix gives an error because this script seems ...
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AppleScript: Open a new window in current space without switching to active window in another space

I want to have an application open a new window in the current space without switching to a space in which a window is already open, but I want to keep the When switching to an application, ...
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How to get which file is requested to open using a mac application?

I have created a mac application which can be open my file extensions. But when I tested it, I dont get the path of the file requested to open using the application, instead I got the "psn_0_151589". ...
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Setup a Watch Folder over a network

I'm trying to setup a Watch Folder in AppleScript which is over a home network. I want the script to generate an email when a file (or files) is dropped in the Watch Folder. How can I achieve this?
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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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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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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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How do I close a window from an application, passing the file name?

I’m trying to produce an Applescript-based shell command that tells the Preview application from Mac OS X to close a particular window. #!/bin/sh osascript <<EOF tell application "Preview" ...
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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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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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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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Mac always restarting after reboot

I created an AppleScript to restart my Mac: tell application "System Events" restart end tell I put this script into Calendar.app and set it to start at 7.00. When I put script into calendar and ...
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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 ...