AppleScript is the Mac OS scripting language.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Applescript to lock the screen

I need a little Applescript to lock the screen, the same behaviour I get when I click the Keychain icon in the menu bar and choose "Lock screen". I found a way to activate the screensaver, but it's ...
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Logout user script

I am trying to create a script in ARD that will let me logout a user. Now I have a script which does start the logout, but I want it to execute instead of waiting 60 seconds. The script currently ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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LaunchAgent plist to keep an app running and hiden

I'm using the following script <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist ...
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Process clipboard content on Mac OS?

I want to see if there is a tool or script available that I can use to modify clipboard content on the fly. Often when I'm writing code, I'd like to take a string of text and make it a slug. Instead ...
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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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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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How to open a new tab in Chrome using AppleScript, only if it doesn't already exist?

I'm trying to write a little AppleScript to make a new tab in Chrome only if it doesn't already exist. I tried the following: if title of tab is not "Gmail" then open location ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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" ...