AppleScript is the Mac OS scripting language.

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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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Automating steps required to disconnect my laptop form my desk

I have a MacBook Pro, and when on my desk it is connected to a thunderbolt display. And I have an external hard drive connected to my thunderbolt display. This hard drive has 2 partitions and ...
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mount disk with password from applescript

I'm using a applescript to mount my harddrive. At the moment im using: do shell script "diskutil mountDisk diskutil list | grep \"Harddrive\" | grep -o 'disk[0-9]*'" Now i want to do the same but ...
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AppleScript to return recent Finder folders as list

I need to write an AppleScript that will return me a list of the Recent Folders menu in Finder. I don't want an AppleScript that will simply open this menu – I need a script to return the recent ...
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iTerm 2 change row size using AppleScript

I want to change the height of my terminal window using a script. Currently this is what I have come up with: tell application "iTerm" activate tell the current terminal tell the ...
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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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Applescript in Automator to Service

I'm trying to do this very simple Applescript for text manipulation. It runs from the service menu, in some applications. Questions: What's wrong with my script? Sometimes it shows up in the ...
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Scripting a sequential workflow in OSX

I currently have a workflow which relies on several bash commands sequentially in the OSX terminal. It is basically a process which starts with a file x.csv, it does an operation on it and generates ...
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Quotes within quotes applescript

I am doing an applescript that is supposed to set an command with quotes an varible. This is the code so far: set myString to "This is a "quoted" text." But an error occurs because applescript ...
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Only get the size from “du” command, not the folder names

I am doing an applescript that is supposed to set the size of an folder to an varible. This is the code so far: set sizeVar to do shell script "du -skh -m /Users/JS_Admin/Desktop" Output: "4242 ...
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How can Automator or Applescript rotate 500,000 images in folders and subfolders?

I have very specific question. I've got 500,000 images that sit in 98 subfolders. Some of the subfolders contain 25,000 images. Is there any script/automator workflow that I can use? I was trying ...
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I would like to know if someone has applescript to loop al my stickynotes and put it in a textfile

I have been meaning to do this for a while, but I never got around to do it. The problem is that I have to do research how applescript works. Anyway, I have now collected over 200 snippets for my ...
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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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Use Automator to open shell script, see output in terminal

I have a fun little problem, running on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. I have a script (WebKit's run-safari) which launches Safari in dev mode (it sets some environmental variables and then runs arch ...
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Pass arguments to osascript via shell function in OS X Mountain Lion

The answer in How to open a new Firefox window with URL argument is broken in Mac OSX Mountain Lion (10.8.2). I can't comment on that answer or question, so I had to create a new question. It fails ...
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Can I use applescript to click buttons in background?

Sorry for this generic and probably bad-written question. I've never programmed in applescript, but I'm quite familiar with other coding language. I'm in the need of clicking on 2 sequential button ...
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Creating “save as” functionality to .eml file in AppleScript

I'm new to AppleScript and trying to figure out how to save a Mail.app message as an .eml message. Ideally, I would like it to act similar to the Mail menu bar actions, in which it saves the message ...
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How to lock OS X after autologin with a script

I want to lock my Mac running OS X 10.8 after it has powered up with a script. I have autologin enabled.
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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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Close all Mac Terminal windows, but the one running a script

I am trying to create a shell script that runs a python simulation programing in 4 terminal windows. I have the script that launches the program four times in four separate terminal windows(total of ...
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Applescript Woefully Slow Finder.app Set Comment

This is the script: set d to do shell script "date +%d-%m-%Y" tell application "Finder" set dir to POSIX file ("/Volumes/Xsan/PathTo/Folder") as alias repeat with f in entire contents of ...
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How to applescript the 'grab' application

I am trying to write an apple script to use the "Grab" application in the Utilities folder to capture and print an application's window. I can get to the part where I tell Grab to start window ...
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Applescript Adobe Updater

So, I am new to Applescript editor and I am trying to write code to automatically update computers. For some odd reason I can not seem to get Adobe to update successfully. I tried using Accessibility ...
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Make AppleScript wait for an Application to finish loading

I have an applescript to initiate my work environment, but have a small quibble with it. I want the script to launch several programs, and then hide them, once they started. The code looks like this ...
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Applescript to connect to bluetooth device

I'm trying to create an applescript to allow me to connect to a bluetooth device by it's Bluetooth ID. So far, i've managed to get an applescript to turn on bluetooth if it's off. Here's the code: ...
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Open new terminal tab and execute script

I need to merge two osascript scripts, so that with one command I can open a new terminal tab and execute a script like echo hello into that new tab. This one opens a new terminal tab. osascript -e ...
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Automating tasks in OSX like VPN Connection?

I am using my school's VPN service to surf on netflix. I have to connect to the VPN most of the time. My school uses Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. I have to enter password and accept a ...
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AppleScript to logoff Mac user after closing an application?

I've configured a local user account on an iMac (Lion) to immediately launch Firefox to a specific page after logging in – the page contains a survey to be completed by the user. This works fine. ...
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How can I launch Finder in a specific directory, from Automator or AppleScript?

I'm trying to assign a global keyboard shortcut that will launch a new window of Finder, in a specific directory. I can write a script that'll open a new Finder, but not sure how to make it open in a ...
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Mac OS: How can I launch the iTerm terminal, with a specific profile, from Automator or AppleScript?

I'm trying to assign a global keyboard shortcut that will launch a new window of iTerm, with a specific profile. (I managed to do this to launch a new Chrome window with Automator and AppleScript, but ...
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AppleScript to paste clipboard into current application

I thought this would be simple... I want an AppleScript that launches Plain Clip and then pastes the clipboard into the current document where the cursor is. My script launches Plain Clip (a ...
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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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How to avoid password prompt when I “Put Back” a file from the trash, via AppleScript?

I accidentally moved over 4,000 files to the trash, and I want to move the files back to their original locations. While the Lion supports this feature (via the Finder's "Put Back" command), it will ...
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auto-create symlink to currently inserted DVD

Is it possible to use applescript or a shell script to automatically create a reference to the currently inserted DVD? If I pop out Midsomer Murders DVD and insert Star Trek, the Wrath of Khan, the ...
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How can I run an AppleScript or shell command on Mac OS X at screen unlock?

Note that this is not the same as startup or login. I never log out of my machine and I want to run the script whenever I unlock the machine to start working.
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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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How to bring an application to front based on some condition (OS X) with AppleScript

I'm trying to find a way to automate bringing a web browser to the front (ie - give it focus, make it visible on the screen) based on an event that happens in a web page. I have full control over the ...
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Running a command line app with sudo and password automatically on OS X startup

I need to run an app at startup/login on my mac. I want it to launch in the background and start doing it's work without interrupting me or me having to start it up because I invariably forget and ...
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Script to join WPA2 Enterprise wifi

When I head to work with my MBP running OSX 10.7, I have to go through this series: Join Other Network Enter SSID select Security = WPA2 Enterprise generate a pw via my RSA soft token Join ...
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How to open a new Firefox window with URL argument

I am trying to upgrade the existing answer How to open a new Firefox window with Terminal to accept a URL as an argument and open a NEW Firefox window. I can use open -a Firefox ...
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How to pass AppleScripts display dialog to Growl or growlnotify?

I have this simple AppleScript which takes the text in the clipboard and outputs the amount of words and characters used. What I'm trying to do is passing "display dialog" to Growl or growlnotify. I ...
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How to zip multiple files into separate archives?

I admit this question was asked here before: Like Zip into separate files where the person who asked didn't specify the OS he used and received no answers. I need to separate a huge directory ...
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iCal AppleScript, how to specify 'the same day at 9'?

I know that I can define a new iCal event programmatically, by means of AppleScript, defining something like: tell application "iCal" tell calendar "My Calendar" set theCurrentDate to ...
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Way to switch F keys to 'application' keys and back on mac via terminal? (10.6)

Is there a command I can issue via terminal to switch my F1-12 keys to being application keys (media, screen brightness ...) and back? i.e. replicate toggling System Preferences => Keyboard => ...
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How can I hide the Box SimpleShare preferences pane when the app starts?

I have set the Box SimpleShare app to start at login, but the app launches its preferences pane right after it loads its icon in the menu bar. Setting it to start in “hidden” mode in System ...
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Mail.app: Showing remote images automatically for specific senders

In a similar way to what gmail allows, I'd like to get specific senders' remote images to be auto-loaded. One option that I came across is using a rule and an applescript: ...
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Change Pseudo-Function Keys to Show/Hide Application

On my macbook air, the F5 key is un-assigned. So in Sparrow I set that key to hide/show Sparrow. Basically I have a dedicated F key to look at my inbox then hide it again to go back to my work. My ...
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Applescript Proxy

Ok. So I am having a little trouble getting an apple script program to work. Basically, I have a text file named Proxy.rtf and I need an applescript that grabs line one from this text file and changes ...
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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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How to smart delete all files of a folder and back-up file details on Mac?

I'm looking for a way to delete all files of the Downloads folder with a shell script or applescript that is run on a daily/weekly basis and most importantly backs up all of the file details, except ...