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AppleScript is the Mac OS scripting language.

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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 to quickly lock ...
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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 into ...
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How do I set up an AppleScript to open a new iTerm2 tab and change the directory?

In OS X, how do I set up an AppleScript to open a new iTerm2 tab change to a directory clear the console echo the current directory I had something like this before for regular Terminal, but I can'...
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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 ...
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Change Mac “Ask for password after screensaver” delay

How can I change my Mac OS X Snow Leopard "Ask for password after screensaver" delay? I've tried: defaults -currentHost write com.apple.screensaver askForPasswordDelay -int 3600 but won't work. I ...
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How do I automate clicking a button in an application's window with AppleScript?

Let's say I want to click a button that appears somewhere within a window, using AppleScript. click button works, but you have to know which button exactly you want to press. For example: Scanning is ...
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Automatic PDF renaming based on title

I have thousands of scientific PDFs that i need to rename, many do not have metadata. I would like to be able to create an automator action that could open a folder then open each PDF, copy the title ...
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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 'http://localhost:...
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Apple Script - Reopen Closed Finder Windows

I have the following Applescript which toggles the show/hide hidden files and I would like to reopen the user's Finder windows which will be closed as the Finder gets relaunched. tell application "...
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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 ...
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Switch between Google Chrome Tabs using AppleScript

I was hoping that the following code would do the job, but no cigar: --Only the window is brought into focus tell application "Google Chrome" activate tab 1 of window 1 end tell
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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 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 -...
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Get path of open file in any application on Mac OS X?

I installed Afloat for Mac OS X and I really like that it has a shortcut to "Reveal Current File in Finder". This works for basically all applications written in Cocoa. Can I use something like that, ...
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Toggle “ask for password after screensaver/sleep” or the delay in 10.7 using terminal

There's an option in the preference panel to change the time the mac is able to be in sleep/screensaver before requiring a password to be unlocked again. I'm using OS X Lion 10.7. Is there any way ...
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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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How can I run a script whenever I plug in an external monitor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reset Mac OS X Windows Position after de-attaching external monitor I use my laptop at work, where I have a second monitor, and at home, where I don't. When I plug in the ...
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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 ...
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Finding folders that contain changed files since date

So, I have a directory with lots of sub-directories Something like... main main/folder1 main/folder2 main/folder2/otherfolder1 main/folder2/otherfolder2 etc... Is there an easy way for me to ...
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How to I use Apple Script to change the keyboard layout on Snow Leopard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Switch TO specific input source I want to do something like: set keyboard layout to 'QWERTY' or something like that.
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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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How do I make Mail.app quit after iCal sends an alert?

iCal uses a built in script file to email reminders through Mail.app. It works great, but I don't use Mail.app for my main email account, just for sending calendar notifications. So, Mail.app opens ...
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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.
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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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How do I target and close a specific Terminal window in AppleScript?

Background Given the below terminal script, I want to modify the osascript so that instead of targeting the front window I am targeting the specific window that is opened from the AppleScript. ...
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How can I run an applescript from my Mac with a shortcut (without using 3rd party apps)?

Hi I have an applescript that sends Outlook emails to Omnifocus - and it works when I run it manually, by clicking on and running the script. Is there any way to do this with a shortcut without ...
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Is it possible to set a Custom quick look preview image in OS X?

Is there any way to set a custom quick look image in OS X? I'd like a command line tool or applescript to change or embed a custom preview for a zip file using a jpeg.
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AppleScript and Preview.app

I saw this post: How do I get applescript to work with Preview in Snow Leopard? In my attempt to figure out how to use AppleScript with Preview. I'm trying to automate a series of tasks that will ...
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How to Clear VLC Playlist with Apple Scripts

By default, VLC will keep the songs that were played in the last session as part of the playlist. I have an AppleScript that plays music that is stored as MP3 files in a folder. tell application "VLC"...
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How do I get applescript to work with Preview in Snow Leopard?

How do I get applescript to work with Preview in Snow Leopard? I'd like, for instance, my applescript for resizing a window to full screen (which works for most applications (e.g., chrome)) to work ...
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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 ...
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Using AppleScript to Enable Snow Leopard's Text Replacement Feature

I currently use Quicksilver with a Plugin and Trigger in concert with Snow Leopard's text replacement feature (for frequently-used combinations of hashtags, due dates and other parameters) to quickly ...
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How to run a shell script from an AppleScript?

I am using a Mac running OSX Yosemite v.10.10.5. When I try to run my shell script from my AppleScript, I get the following error message: Error message at AppleScript Script Editor error "sh: /...