Follow these steps to set your Mac to easily run AppleScripts


One of the beauties of the Mac operating system is the ability to run AppleScripts directly from the main menu bar. These scripts can be for anything you want; the idea is to have automation at your fingertips. The end result is to have this icon in your main menu bar: , which is what gives you direct access to your scripts.

The first thing is to navigate to your Applications folder, then select the AppleScript folder, and launch the AppleScript

When you launch the utility, you will be presented with this window:

The key item here is to check the box where it states Show Script menu in menu bar; the little black icon should immediately appear in your menu bar. Also, it is never a bad idea to check the Enable GUI Scripting box as well; you never know when you might download and try to use a script that relies on this option being available.

Personally, I don't like the Show Computer scripts option; it takes up a lot of space in the menu. I also prefer the Show application scripts at: the bottom, so that my custom scripts are nearer the top.

When you click on the black script icon in the menu bar, you will now be presented with all the scripts that are currently available for you to launch. This is nothing more than a Finder style directory listing of scripts in the Scripts folder of your User's Library folder, as shown below:

When you download (or write) AppleScripts, this is where you want to save them, so that they can be launched simply by clicking on their filename.