AppleScript is the Mac OS scripting language.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
0answers
1k views

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: ...
2
votes
3answers
11k views

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 '...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
526 views

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. ...
6
votes
1answer
6k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
3k views

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 format-...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
569 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
282 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

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.
5
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
680 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
5k views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
343 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
4k views

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 'http://localhost:...
0
votes
2answers
812 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
7k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
661 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
762 views

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 => ...
1
vote
1answer
224 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
830 views

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: https://discussions.apple....
1
vote
1answer
246 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
564 views

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 ...
1
vote
4answers
5k views

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?
0
votes
2answers
191 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
156 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
5k views

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, ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

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 -...
0
votes
1answer
63 views

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 path/...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

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. ...
2
votes
1answer
859 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
317 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
118 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
161 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
6k views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
442 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
544 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
401 views

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 ...
28
votes
6answers
30k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
4k views

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 blog....
9
votes
2answers
546 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
3k views

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 "...
1
vote
1answer
430 views

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 "/System/Library/CoreServices/backupd.bundle/Contents/...
5
votes
5answers
4k views

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 ...