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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Show all services on right click (mac) [closed]

Whenever you have more than 4 services, they are put in a dropdown option "Services" on right click instead of just being added to the right click menu itself. Is this an option somewhere that can ...
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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 blog....
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Simulate keyboard strokes with exact delay as being typed

I am trying to simulate keyboard strokes exactly how its typed with proper delay between strokes. I am trying to achieve this on keyboardmaestro or Automator on OS X, but I cannot figure it out. Is ...
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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 ...
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Automator Script to save every sent email as pdf

I'm new with automator, well I've managed to create 2 little scripts, one resizing pics and the other joins pic to 1 pdf. Now I'm looking for a solution to save every send email as pdf to my document ...
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Apple Automator “New PDF from Images” maintaining same filename

I will potentially have 26k of old legacy PICT images to transfer first to PDF for migration. I am using Apple Automator and also the "Dispense Items Incrementally" to loop through it. However, I can'...
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Remove All Illegal Characters from All Filenames in a Given Folder and subfolders

I Know this was was basically answered and the automator with the shell script (Sanitize Filenames) works great, but I need it to also do all subfolders as well. And if possible trim the file name ...
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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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How to create a shortcut to toggle Chrome Settings on Mac

In Mac Chrome, I like to switch the default, global Page Zoom settings from 100% to 125%. I'd like a shortcut to do it quickly instead of needing to go to Settings, click Show Advanced Settings, and ...
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Mac Automator - delete a file on every login

My machine is attached to a network domain and on every login, a bunch of files get pulled from the server and stored at - /Library/Managed Preferences/ /Library/Managed Preferences/<user name>/...
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Split large PDF into smaller Two-page PDFs [duplicate]

I have several very large PDF files that I need to split into smaller ones by page number. For example: In a 100 page long PDF, I want to have one PDF with pages 1-2, one with 3-4, one with 4-5 and ...
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open ssh server file automatically with apple script

Hello respected persons , i am trying to build a apple script which first open terminal login in ssh with details and after login it open a python script which is on ssh server automatically . i ...
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Applescript to upload files to OneDrive

I am wondering if anybody knows how to Upload a file to OneDrive using an applescript. I would connect this applescript to Automator so if the script could include the necessary variable parsings for ...
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Delete all images in a folder except those with defined string in title?

I have around 50,000 images in a folder (I'm using Mac OSX), and I'd like to delete all of them unless they have x300 or 300x in them. I was hoping it's possible using the terminal or automator, but ...
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How to get input with a custom dictation command

I'm trying to write a few scripts to allow me to write code via voice. However, I need a way to specify a way to capitalize a variable name. For example, I want to be able to say, "stud my super ...
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Create a separate zip from many folders

I have a many folders with files for project. I need: Create a zip from folder "X" Move Zip in the folder "X" Name of Zip must be "X" I'm a Mac OS user. How I can automate the process?
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Automatic open new browser tab on Mac OS X

Im trying to create a action in Automator, but I am not sure if its possible only use this software or I would need use applescript. I need to create a action for when I set a specific URL in some ...
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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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How do I move an Automator app with embedded workflows to a new location?

I have created an automator app for batch resizing and renaming of images. The process is like this: Rename Finder Items Run resize3x.workflow Run resize2x.workflow Run resize1x.workflow Each ...
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How can I add a comment in the script in Automator in OS X?

How can I add a comment in the script in Automator in OS X? I've tried many variants but they don't work.
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OSX/launchctl: How do I open a specific website in a new instance of chrome in the foreground every morning?

Requirements: Specific website Every morning despite laptop being closed overnight (launchctl can handle this) Foreground - must come to my attention, even if I have multiple spaces/desktops ...
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Schedule to Run Workflow Automator

I have created a workflow using Automator to sync some of my local folders to a network drive. I now want to schedule the workflow to run itself daily on a certain time. I have tried to use ical but ...
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Automator app won't open after being copied to another computer - OSX

I created an app in Automator. The app runs fine on the computer with which I created it, but when I copy it to another computer I get: The application “AppX” can’t be opened. If I open it in ...
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Automating data from an Excel file and interacting with browser

How can I automate copying records from an Excel file or CSV and interacting with a browser? Example Task: Extract or Copy record(s) from an Excel file row Go to a URL (probably using Google ...
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How to get file path of selected file in Finder into clipboard? Issue with Jumpcut

I used to be able to get the file path from any selected file in Finder by hitting a keyboard shortcut. I'm running an automated script that takes Files and Folders in Finder and uses the built-in ...
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Automator: rename files fixing the gaps in numbers 1,2,3,5,6 -> 1,2,3,4,5

I have a huge bunch of scanned files (before OCR) and I want the Automator (Yosemite) to fix the gaps in files numbers: some pages was duplicated and after deletion the duplication there are gaps in ...
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On OS X, Incorporating PDF Tools into a larger Folder Actions workflow

As sort of a continuation from this post: How do I set up a OSX service to delete the first page of a PDF? These shell scripts are very useful. I'm in a similar situation to the OP, and I've gotten ...
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How do I set up a OSX service to delete the first page of a PDF?

I frequently receive PDF files where the first page is either empty or is just a cover page for which I have no use. Can you suggest a quick and efficient way (Applescript, Service, or ???) for me to ...
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Automator doesn't recognize default paper size when printing

I'm trying to print images via Automator. I've set the default paper size to 4x6, and this works as expected when I open and print an image from Preview. However, when using the 'Print Images' command ...
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Write content to file with Automator

I'm building an Automator Service to create an .html file and write some text in it. I've managed to create my .html file by using the New Text File action, but how can I write text in it? I see no ...
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How do I to modify Automator Service ditto command?

Using and Automator Service and an AppleScript that is redly available and exists on this thread of but a "GUI" around ditto. The solution works well, however, I am not getting the behavior I expected....
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Convert jpeg quality to 80% using automator

I want to make a automator script that goes trough a folder with subfolders and convert all .JPEG (or .JPG) to the same JPEG, but with a quality of 80%. There is no option in Automator it self like ...
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Automate sequence of key strokes in Mac

I want to automate a long sequence of keystrokes that I have to type every time I use a specific web site. How can I do it in Mac OS X. I've tried the Automator. I record the sequence, but when I run ...
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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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What is the best way to make Calculate SHA1 as a context menu option in Mac OS X?

In order to calculate the SHA1 checksum of a downloaded file, I could type /usr/bin/openssl sha1 in Terminal and then drag there the file which I want check. To make it simpler, one could enable a ...
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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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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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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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Keyboard shortcut for Service in OS X doesn't work

I just wrote a script through Automator to make a keyboard shortcut under the title "New Finder Window Home": on run {input, parameters} tell application "Finder" activate make ...
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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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How can I program the function keys on my MacBook?

I'd like to assign basic tasks to the function keys (or other keys if it's easier) on my MacBook. For example I'd like the following to happen when F1 (or whatever key) is pressed: Launch Safari ...
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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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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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Automator - Crop From Specified Edge

I'm trying to create an Automator folder action to automatically crop images that are added to a specific folder. It works; however, it crops the images towards the center. How can I crop starting ...
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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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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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Find running processes created by Mac Automator

Is there any way to view automator process that are running? About a year ago I created a workflow or something similar in Mac's Automator. When I took screenshots mac would place them on the desktop....
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Automatically empty a folder on Mac OS X

I'd like to find a way to automatically move all the files from the Downloads folder to the trash. Ideally I'd like to trigger this with a keyboard short cut. How should I try this - Automator ...
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How to show specific hidden file in file browser dialog - Mac OS X

I need to use Automator to backup some of config files in my Mac. But I don't know how to get a hidden file in the file browser dialog. I chose "Get Specified Finder Items" task then click Add, but ...
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How to use Automator to give a GUI to ditto?

How do I create an Automator workflow, service or folder action to use ditto. The intention here is to use ditto to merge folders and/or files avoiding the unacceptable Finder's behavior of replacing ...