I want to have an application open a new window in the current space without switching to a space in which a window is already open, but I want to keep the

When switching to an application, switch to a space with open windows for the application

setting in System Preferences > Mission Control.

In other words, I want to tell an application to open a new window directly, without first telling it to activate.

How can I do this with AppleScript (if possible)?

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Some applications have an action for opening a new window in their Dock context menu.

Other options for different applications:

tell application "TextEdit"
    make new document
end tell

tell application "Safari"
    make new document at end of documents with properties {URL:"http://g.co"}
end tell

tell application "Terminal"
    do script ""
end tell

tell application "System Events" to tell process "iTerm"
    click menu item "New Window" of menu "Shell" of menu bar 1
    set frontmost to true
end tell

tell application "Google Chrome"
    make new window
end tell
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    Awesome! Do you know of similar ones for Chrome and iTerm?
    – Will
    Feb 13, 2013 at 6:14
  • 1
    Great, thank you very much! Incidentally, how did you find those commands? Is there easily-accessible documentation?
    – Will
    Feb 13, 2013 at 21:52
  • Thanks! Just a note for the quick copy/pasters (like myself): activate after making a new Chrome window to bring the new window (all windows actually) to the front. - All the other examples here include some form of activation. Sep 27, 2013 at 21:23
  • Awesome! I used the following example to open a new window of iA Writer (great text editor) using Alfred 3: '-- Open new iA Text Window tell application "iA Writer" make new document activate end tell'
    – ATSiem
    Sep 6, 2018 at 15:20
  • awesome. it's cool man
    – ruucm Ji
    Jan 22, 2020 at 3:45

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