Automator is a Mac OS X utility that allows creation and execution of workflows that can be integrated with Mac OS X. This enables users to automate repetitive tasks to save time and effort.

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Automator service to label files containing letters

I've been trying to make a service that will scan the selected Finder items for any filenames containing a character that isn't a numerical number or an underscore. Currently have tried: Get ...
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How to use Mac Automator to append clipboard text to a given document

I understand how to link a service to a keyboard short cut. Here is what I've tried: Services selected text in any application Get contents of clipboard Get Specified Finder items (and I choose the ...
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OS X Automator to create a set of folders based on list in a text file

I'm a Terminal and Automator novice. I have found a terminal command that allows me to create a bunch of folders from a text file formatted as following: "Folder Name" "folder Name Two" "Another ...
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Removing illegal characters with Automator

I've been trying to write a Mac Automator service to remove illegal characters from filenames. I have it working, but the solution is a little inelegant and I was wondering if anyone would have a ...
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OSX Automator Workflow Not Running

I have created a very simple Automator workflow that finds .torrent filetypes in my downloads folder, and then moves them to a dropbox folder to be downloaded offsite. The workflow runs flawlessly ...
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Automator “Watch Me Do” completes without recording

I'm trying to run the "Watch Me Do" action within a workflow, but it always completes in a fraction of a second with no results and does not record anything. (It appears the Timeout field only applies ...
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Apple script or automator to process list of names

So I have an automator or apple script job and I have never done this kind of process before. I need to use a list of about 5000 names as input, open an application called LINE messenger, use that ...
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OS X command to make current terminal window full screen

I am trying to make a bash script to open up my working environment. I want 1) Open up Terminal.app and type a command like "time_to_work" 2) This command will: a. open up sublime text open ...
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Add “Show in Finder” service to Services sub-menu in OS X

I'd like to create and add a service to the Services sub-menu under the Application menu for applications like Word, Pages etc., where the currently edited file is revealed in Finder. The flow I want ...
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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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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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Automator workflow/service or Applescript for looped edits in Preview [closed]

I was originally trying this with Automator, but if someone can guide me to accomplishing this easier with Applescript then feel free, though i haven't worked with it before. I'm trying to get the ...
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Switch between Multiple Customised Lang & Region settings on Mac OS X Mavericks

I need to be able to switch quickly between two or three customised Language & Region prefs on Mac OS X. While there is an advanced tab which allows customisation, there is no way to save this as ...
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How to copy multiple files and move them to multiple folders using terminal for Mac

I have a folder on my Mac's desktop called Bthepics that has 9 images that I want to copy and move to about 500 folders at once. These 500 folders are located in a folder on my Mac's desktop called ...
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Automator shell script that triggers opening gui apps

So I have a service, I want it to be running on startup. I thought I could use Automator. The problem is - that thing may need to open gui app, and that of course doesn't work. I'm running Vrome ...
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Can One Automatically Set The Speed Of A Youtube Video To 1.25, 1.50, or 2.0?

I can set Youtube videos to automatically play in the large view with 720p enabled using Magic Actions for YouTube. Is there any way to do this with speed? Also, is there a way to control Youtube ...
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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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How to schedule automator workflow

How can you schedule an automator workflow to run on OSX Mavericks? Everything I have seen on the internet says to schedule with iCal, however iCal is now gone and the new calander does not appear ...
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Why calendar automator event not able to launch the app?

I would like to have regular backups of my data, so I've created a calendar event, which start start Automator application (saved locally as Backup.app file). But the start of app fails. The log ...
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Share image from desktop to social

I'm trying to share an image to social (Facebook mainly) every time I add any image to a defined folder on my Mac. I've tried Automator Services for Facebook but it's obsolete and Facebook doesn't ...
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A global shortcut to refresh the current window/tab in chrome

Whilst programming a simple web site, I'm a bit annoyed by the need to switch from my code editor to chrome in order to refresh the page after each modification save. Is there a way to assign a ...
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Automator in Mavericks freezes when creating or opening a Folder Action

Short version: On an older Mac, Automator hangs when trying to create a Folder Action. I have an older Mac being used as a media server. It is a Core 2 Duo iMac with 3 GB of memory, running ...
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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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OS X Automator Shell Script for custom search with special character not encoded with utf-8

I find a script here Mac OS X (Lion) Chrome: shortcut for "Search With Google" which shows how to do google search using shell script in OS X Automator. The original script is: open ...
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Service doesn't work by shortcut for single selected folder in Mac OS X

I've created a service using Automator in Mac OS X 10.9 (and earlier in 10.8) to copy full path names of selected files and folders in Finder. Also I've assigned shortcut for this service in system ...
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How can I tell Automator to perform a certain action within a software?

I'm trying to create an Automator application to sync my iMac and MacBook. So far I managed to mount the MacBook and open the sync file in Chronosync. Now all I need to do is have Automator actually ...
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Mac OSX Text to Speech Batch

I have 300 English text files that I want to make into mp3 files to listen to as and when. Is there a method, that I could use so that my Mac will batch text to speech the files to mp3 using a ...
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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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Eject all disks and dmg's with Automator script in Mac OS X

I have created an Automator Service to eject all disks in Mac OS X. find /dev -name "disk[1-9]" -exec diskutil eject {} \; This works, but I still receive an error message afterwords: "The action ...
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OSX - Copy Automator tasks from one machine to another

Where does OSX save automator tasks? I would like to use my current set of tasks on another machine running OSX.
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How to automatically rotate images based on EXIF data?

I know how to do it manually. Now I would like to automate that based on EXIF data. I already have exiftool installed, but looks like it can only read the data, but can not rotate the image. There is ...
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How can I start a server with Automator? (Mac)

I have a Minecraft Server (kill me, right?) and I have a bash script to go along with it. Basically, right now I do this: Open Terminal cd to /path/to/my/server/ bash start.sh And voila. My ...
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How to set OS X to open several Terminal instances that start at different screen locations?

Whenever I start a workday I need to open 4 terminal sessions (not tabbed), and move these to the four corners of my screen. I would like to use something like Automator to do this automatically ...
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mac osx script - find mounted disc with name, copy file from desktop to it, when copy complete, unmount disc

Is there some kind of mac script which finds a newly mounted disc drive that has the name 'EXAMPLE', then copies a file/folder to it and safely ejects the disc when copy has finished? I don't mind if ...
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Change date scheme of file name with script

I have about 8 years of video files on a server for my work. We want to change the files' date schemes from MMDDYY to YYMMDD for organizational purposes. The filename structure is MMDDYY_Filename.xxx. ...
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Can I create a service in Automator that will run without having a file selected?

When creating services in automator, the topmost options is "Service receives selected..." Is there a way to create a service that just works on the currently open finder window, without having a file ...
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Opening Apps WIth Automator to a Specific Desktop - OSX

I do a live radio show, with many apps open (Traktor, Ableton, Nicecast, Caffene, RADR + Several web pages). Sometimes I can be in a bit of a hurry so I have set up an Automator app in OSX to get me ...
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Use Automator for handling multiple file inputs through shell command in OS X

I tried to make an Automator drag and drop application but I'm totally lost. The script should use cat to join multiple audio files together. Steps: Read the selected finder files (which I drop ...
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Automator - Set Selected Folder Path as Variable

I'm trying to setup an Automator service that would download a list of URLs to the currently selected folder, or wherever the service was ran from. The only problem is I don't see how I would go about ...
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Automator workflow not running on schedule

I have a workflow set up to download backups of my websites. The workflow itself works fine, but i am having trouble scheduling it with iCal. When the iCal event triggers, the workflow opens in ...
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Mass Convert .xls and .xlsx to .txt (Tab Delimited) on a Mac

I have about 150 .xls and .xlsx files that I need converting into tab-delimited. I tried using automator, but I was only able to do it one-by-one. It's definitely faster than opening up each one ...
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With automator, why does my pdf gets saved twice?

With automator: When I create a pdf from images and save it in a location, then create a new folder in that same location the pdf gets copied to the folder, not moved. I don't even need to add a "move ...
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How do I batch trim images 50% to the left with automator?

I know I can batch trim images with automator for 50% horizontal, but then it get's trimmed on both sides... I need it to get 50% trimmed on just the left/right side.
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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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Script to copy files to x locations of rules are met

I would like to create an automator script that will ask me for a specified folder, and on selection I would like it to search for the following and do x tasks if files is .mkv and does not contain ...
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Finder not enabling use of Services when changing “Service receives selected” input

I have a Service on automator that applies to Files and Folders in Finder. Initially it was saved as "Text" input. Problem is, Finder won't show this Service to Files and Folders. If I go to ...
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If filesize > X copy to A elseif copy to B in Automator

I would like to create a workflow which on "Ask for Finder Items", once selected and the filtered query is found I want the file to be copied to one of two locations, where it goes depends on size. ...
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Save a webpage on the desktop and label it red using Automator

In Chrome, I use CommandS to save a webpage and another separate shortcut I created using Services (Automator) to label files red on the desktop (does not have specificity for .webloc files). ...
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Automator to find specific file in folder and then delete the folder

I have created an Automator workflow which asks the user for a folder and then it looks for files that meet x requirements. It then copies those files to another location. How can I then make it ...