AppleScript is the Mac OS scripting language.

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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 ...
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Add a contact from an email address within email text

I came to Office/Outlook 2011 from Mac Mail, and now I find that I'm unable to do something that I need to do ALL THE TIME. In Mail, if there was an email address within the text of an email message ...
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Sync an iPhoto library with specific folder(s)

My aim is to sync all files that I add to a specific album in iPhoto 11, to a folder on the Mac. I will then use cron & rsync to shovel the files to a gallery server. Now, I did find the How to ...
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Programmatically set the color of a tab in iTerm2?

My daily workflow includes me Launching iTerm2 Creating 3 tabs Setting one tab each to red, orange and yellow Changing to a specific path in each tab I would like to script this process; shell, ...
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How to open a new Firefox window with Terminal

I am running Firefox v10.0.1 with OS X Lion v10.7.3 From the Apple dock, you can right-click on Firefox icon and choose NEW and a new Firefox window will open. From terminal, I have tried open ...
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Execute Script when leaving a window

is it possible to execute a Script (Applescript/Shellscript) when I leave a window (and when I switch back to it)? What I want to do: I want to pause my VM when I leave the VM-Window (vmrun pause ...
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Automate subject in Apple's Mail.app

At the company I work with, we use [client-domain.com] prefixes before the actual subject line of emails as kind of a rough tagging system. Is there any way that one could automate this so when I ...
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Converting rtfd files to txt, without deleting hyperlinks and pictures in OS X

I have a lot (>10k ... this can't be done manually) of rtf and rtfd files that I would like to turn into txt files. Unfortunately they contain pictures and hyperlinks that I don't want to lose. ...
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How can I get Automator to open a URL in the current Safari tab?

My current code involves a "Watch Me Do" block recording a ⌘ W keystroke and then opening the new URL, but that's kind of kludgy. Is there any way I can use Automator to open a URL within the current ...
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OS X switch to single monitor mode?

I have an extra monitor hooked up to my iMac running Snow Leopard. This additional monitor is also used by my linux box, so I occasionally switch to VGA mode when I need to use the linux box. My ...
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How can I type text from a file on Mac OS X?

I have text in ~/myfile.txt and I'd like to be able to "type" it into the current application, which will probably be TextMate or Terminal I'd like to see if I can have this happen without using the ...
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Get parent of folder in AppleScript

I am writing some AppleScript in an Automator workflow, and I need to get the parent folder of a file (or folder) object. I have searched all over for this, and gotten the same answers, which are to ...
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Automator Workflows How

I'm trying to follow the instructions here http://snowleopardtips.net/tips/everything-you-need-to-know-about-screen-captures.html under "Installing the Folder Action." First it suggests a folder I ...
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How do I run an Automator action, shell script or AppleScript on startup in OS X?

I know you can run applications on startup on a Mac, but can you run an Automator action, a Service, a shell script, or an AppleScript on startup instead? I also know you can save all of these as an ...
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iTerm2: How to get output of a shell command with applescript

I want to get the output of a shell command run through iTerm2's applescript into an applescript variable. I tried the following but it does not work: tell application "iTerm" activate try ...
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How can I parse data from inside a tag with Applescript?

How can I parse data from inside a tag with Applescript? I know Applescript has the words 3 thru -2 of myTextVariable syntax - but how would I use it to be sure I am just getting This is my text from ...
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OS X Set Screen Size Manually

I wish to increase the size of an application window like TextEdit to be greater than the actual screen height but it is always limited by the screen size pixels. Is there a way to artificially ...
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How to find my stolen Macbook

A friend of mine just had her Macbook stolen. Her Dropbox account is still working on the Macbook, so she can see each time the Macbook comes online, and she can get its IP address. She has given ...
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How do I close the terminal window after running a shell script from AppleScript?

I have created the following in AppleScript and although it works when I double click the compiled app, I am left with an empty Terminal window in the dock which seems to remain until I forcibly quit ...
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Need an everyday reminder at a specific time of the day on Mac OS X?

Does anyone know how I can create an everyday reminder that pops up every day at a specific time to remind me of doing something? I need to make it remind me everyday at 1:00pm to update my daily ...
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Prettier text dialogs in OS X scripts

I'm getting pretty sick of these default AppleScript and cocoaDialog dialogs: I'd like to replace them with something closer to this: Has anyone made a shell executable like cocoaDialog with a ...
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How to bring application to front every 15 minutes on Mac OS X Lion?

I have a free or cheap little app called Desktop Task Timer LE that I've been using to track my time as I work on various projects. I'd like to have it pop up as the foreground app every 15 minutes to ...
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Identify Mac OS X Window, Group, and Text Field names for use in AppleScript

I have an Applescript in which I wish to set the value of the text fields Name and Password of a window belonging to the process SecurityAgent. It is similar to the following: tell window ...
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Log out users when shutting down computer via Applescript

I am using the following Applescript to run a Time Machine backup, and then shut down OS X on the computer at our store. do shell script ...
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Apple Mail: Flag message from keyboard

One of the flags in Apple Mail can be applied to a message using Command-Shift-L. Is there a way to apply any other flag? I renamed one of the colors to TODO, and I set up a keyboard shortcut for ...
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How do I automate clicking a button in an application's window with AppleScript?

Let's say I want to click a button that appears somewhere within a window, using AppleScript. click button works, but you have to know which button exactly you want to press. For example: Scanning ...
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How to programmatically flip a QuickTime movie metadata attribute from one kind to another

I have about 1,700 QuickTime movie files (some have .mov extension, most do not; it's not important, all are seen by the system as "QuickTime movie" and that's what they are) in an organized folder ...
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Set file creation date by reading modified date

How can I set a file's creation date as the modified date? e.g. File is made on Monday, edited on Tuesday. On Wednesday I want the date modified and date created to be set to Tuesday. Thanks!
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Set OS X application preference to stop prompting for admin password

I am trying to write an applescript that sends some actions to an application (specifically waterroof). The problem is, the application periodically asks me for the admin password when I open the ...
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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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OS X Lion: AppleScript unbearably slow for moving Mail messages

I've been using for years now the following applescript, triggered via iKey by an F12 keystroke: tell application "Mail" to move (get selection) to mailbox "Archive" I'm using it to move inbox ...
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Toggle “ask for password after screensaver/sleep” or the delay in 10.7 using terminal

There's an option in the preference panel to change the time the mac is able to be in sleep/screensaver before requiring a password to be unlocked again. I'm using OS X Lion 10.7. Is there any way ...
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Automated Interaction with Google Chrome

All right SU, I have a fun nut to crack. I have 8 screens set up in a line, all hooked into one beefy G5 running Snow Leopard (yes, 4 graphics cards; about 15,000 pixels wide!). I am setting up a ...
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Listing all known deleted OS X accounts

Where can I find Applescript code or a PList to get deleted usernames as known to the OS itself, regardless of the file system's deletions? Having to depend on folder hierarchies and backup disk ...
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How can I pause growl notifications via Terminal/Shell?

I was wondering if there was a way I could pause (hide) growl notifications from the command line? Failing that, is there a way to do this with an AppleScript?
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Is there a way to execute on applescript when a server becomes available? [closed]

Cross posted on Apple Stack Exchange I am trying to execute a script when a server becomes available (a bit like when the OS detect the presence of a time capsule device and it starts the ...
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How do I set up an AppleScript to open a new iTerm2 tab and change the directory?

In OS X, how do I set up an AppleScript to open a new iTerm2 tab change to a directory clear the console echo the current directory I had something like this before for regular Terminal, but I ...
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Get path of open file in any application on Mac OS X?

I installed Afloat for Mac OS X and I really like that it has a shortcut to "Reveal Current File in Finder". This works for basically all applications written in Cocoa. Can I use something like that, ...
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Switch between Tabs with Applescript

I have a cocoa-applescript application whose GUI interface has 3 tabs.The identifiers for these 3 tabs are "item 1" "item 2" and "item 3" respectively. Tab1 is the default tab with a form on it. Tab ...
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Resume Execution from where a function left -Applescript

I have an app coded in Applescript where a dialog pops up with three buttons: {Help, Add, Subtract} . When user taps the Help button, a dialog should popup displaying information about the app.This ...
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Get path of sub-folder's Parent : Applescript

I want to get the path of a subfolder's parent folder when I drop a folder on a application coded in Applescript So if I drop a folder called 'Test1' which is on the Desktop I want the script to ...
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Limiting number or closing oldest open Safari windows

My son is autistic and opens so many new Safari windows playing flash movies that his MacBook often becomes so unresponsive that it's faster to hard reboot it than wait for the force quit dialog to ...
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Selective Play/Pause VLC and iTunes with AppleScript

I have 5 button mouse, and i currently using one button for play/pause the music in iTunes (with USB Overdrive app). But sometimes i'm using VLC (i don't want scre up my music library with lot of ...
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How can I get the foreground color in Photoshop with AppleScript?

How can I get the foreground color in Photoshop with AppleScript? Preferably in hex format.
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Use launchctl to fire an AppleScript script periodically

I have written an AppleScript that lets me back up a particular file. The script runs fine inside AppleScript Editor: it does what it's supposed to do perfectly. So far so good. Now I'd like to run ...
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Automatic PDF renaming based on title

I have thousands of scientific PDFs that i need to rename, many do not have metadata. I would like to be able to create an automator action that could open a folder then open each PDF, copy the title ...
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If then statement using applescript in mac terminal?

What would be the code for: "If $foo is one, then $foo should now equal 18" ? Thanks
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Applescript to Windows script (VB or java)

I want to have a button in Powerpoint (2003) and have it open iTunes to a specific playlist and start playing using AppleScript tell application "iTunes" play playlist "iTunes DJ" end tell ...
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How to select the “File Name” radio box with Applescript GUI

I'm running OS X 10.6 and I want to use applescript to click on the "File Name" radio button of the finder window when the search is open. (It defaults to "Contents") I used the UI Browser (below) ...