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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 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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Programmatically set the color of a tab in iTerm2?

My daily workflow includes me Launching iTerm2 Creating 3 tabs Setting one tab each to red, orange and yellow Changing to a specific path in each tab I would like to script this process; shell, ...
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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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Applescript to open a NEW terminal window in current space

Yes, I'm having a terrible newbie experience with Apple Script. I need to open a new Terminal window in the current desktop space. NOT move me to another space which has a Terminal running and then ...
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Track kids browsing history even when they know how to clear it manually

I have a colleague with two teenage boys (yes, cue cliche's about 'I have this friend see...') He's currently having issues with them browsing pr0n and wants to do a little spying on their browsing (I'...
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MacOS X: How to have a handy “Open this folder in iTerm” shortcut?

I think the title states exactly what I want to do. I want a shortcut or even a button within Finder which fires up a new iTerm Tab and changes the location to the location i've open in Finder. Some ...
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AppleScript: Open a new window in current space without switching to active window in another space

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 ...
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Execute applescript without open the editor

Every time I want to run an applescript the editor pops up. Is there a way to run it directly?
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OS X Lion Inverted Scrolling Automation Shortcut

As everyone will know (who has Mac OS X Lion), by default, scrolling is inverted to make it a bit like the iPhone. Problem: There is no way to have "normal scrolling" for a USB mouse, and "natural/...
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Only get the size from “du” command, not the folder names

I am doing an applescript that is supposed to set the size of an folder to an varible. This is the code so far: set sizeVar to do shell script "du -skh -m /Users/JS_Admin/Desktop" Output: "4242 /...
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Get path of parent folder of script location : Applescript

Background: I'm trying to write a simple applescript app that will launch a tcl app, but I'm getting stuck on the first part of the script. I need to get the parent folder of the path to the ...
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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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How do I close a window from an application, passing the file name?

I’m trying to produce an Applescript-based shell command that tells the Preview application from Mac OS X to close a particular window. #!/bin/sh osascript <<EOF tell application "Preview" ...
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Automated Interaction with Google Chrome

All right SU, I have a fun nut to crack. I have 8 screens set up in a line, all hooked into one beefy G5 running Snow Leopard (yes, 4 graphics cards; about 15,000 pixels wide!). I am setting up a ...
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Prettier text dialogs in OS X scripts

I'm getting pretty sick of these default AppleScript and cocoaDialog dialogs: I'd like to replace them with something closer to this: Has anyone made a shell executable like cocoaDialog with a ...
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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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Identify Mac OS X Window, Group, and Text Field names for use in AppleScript

I have an Applescript in which I wish to set the value of the text fields Name and Password of a window belonging to the process SecurityAgent. It is similar to the following: tell window "...
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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 launch Finder in a specific directory, from Automator or AppleScript?

I'm trying to assign a global keyboard shortcut that will launch a new window of Finder, in a specific directory. I can write a script that'll open a new Finder, but not sure how to make it open in a ...
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Make AppleScript wait for an Application to finish loading

I have an applescript to initiate my work environment, but have a small quibble with it. I want the script to launch several programs, and then hide them, once they started. The code looks like this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 is:...
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Mail.app: Showing remote images automatically for specific senders

In a similar way to what gmail allows, I'd like to get specific senders' remote images to be auto-loaded. One option that I came across is using a rule and an applescript: https://discussions.apple....
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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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Creating “save as” functionality to .eml file in AppleScript

I'm new to AppleScript and trying to figure out how to save a Mail.app message as an .eml message. Ideally, I would like it to act similar to the Mail menu bar actions, in which it saves the message ...
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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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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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Open new terminal tab and execute script

I need to merge two osascript scripts, so that with one command I can open a new terminal tab and execute a script like echo hello into that new tab. This one opens a new terminal tab. osascript -e '...
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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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Open “About This Mac” from Terminal?

This probably seems totally useless to most, but i've got a specific need to open the "About This Mac" dialog from within Terminal. Any idea if its possible? I suppose AppleScript might be the way to ...
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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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Applescript to connect to bluetooth device

I'm trying to create an applescript to allow me to connect to a bluetooth device by it's Bluetooth ID. So far, i've managed to get an applescript to turn on bluetooth if it's off. Here's the code: ...
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AppleScript to paste clipboard into current application

I thought this would be simple... I want an AppleScript that launches Plain Clip and then pastes the clipboard into the current document where the cursor is. My script launches Plain Clip (a format-...
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Determine Mac's screen state using AppleScript

Is there a way to determine what state the Mac's screen is in? I'd like to have a script that checks if the screen is in a non-active state; so either the screen saver is running or the display is ...
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Mac Screenshot of a Specific Window without Using the Mouse/Click

I've been researching for a day or two but can't find a method to take a screenshot of a specific window (possibly the only window) open at a specific time using an Apple script. Currently I have the ...
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Responding to Growl notifications with Applescript

I'm looking to write some Applescript which is run in response to Growl events. e.g. email arrives from a given user which effects some change on my Nabaztag. I can find plenty on the internet ...
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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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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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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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Quotes within quotes applescript

I am doing an applescript that is supposed to set an command with quotes an variable. This is the code so far: set myString to "This is a "quoted" text." But an error occurs because applescript ...
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AppleScript Editor record doesn't work

I have opened the AppleScript Editor and pressed Record button. Then I run TextEdit, create a file and put some text there. When I click Stop button in AppleScript Editor, nothing was recorded, the ...
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Way to switch F keys to 'application' keys and back on mac via terminal? (10.6)

Is there a command I can issue via terminal to switch my F1-12 keys to being application keys (media, screen brightness ...) and back? i.e. replicate toggling System Preferences => Keyboard => ...
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Get parent of folder in AppleScript

I am writing some AppleScript in an Automator workflow, and I need to get the parent folder of a file (or folder) object. I have searched all over for this, and gotten the same answers, which are to ...
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How to update Preview.app from the command line without losing focus on Mac OS X?

I want to update Preview.app in the background from the command line without losing focus of my current window. I know that I can use the following to open/update the view of a file, but then I lose ...
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How to prevent iTunes from adding converted Mp3s to the library?

When I use iTunes to create Mp3 files from songs I've bought, iTunes also adds them to my library and I got them twice. How can I prevent iTunes from adding converted Mp3s to the library in the first ...

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