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Chapter 21. AppleScripting Office > Installing and Running Office Scripts

21.2. Installing and Running Office Scripts

Whether you choose to write your own scripts or not, you can always run scripts that others have written. Since Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2004 scripting is so new, there are only a few scripts available for them—for now. There are bound to be a great many scripts written and distributed as time goes on. Entourage already has hundreds of scripts, almost all of them free, some of which can do amazing things and make your life easier in the process. If you can drag and drop, you can install and run an AppleScript.

21.2.1. Downloading Scripts

  1. Download the script package from the Web site. Unstuff or unzip it if necessary.

    You'll usually end up with a folder containing a script file, a ReadMe document, and perhaps one or more supporting files.

    The script file will look like one of the icons in Figure 21-1.

    Figure 21-1. Left: Script applications (applets) bear a hidden .app extension. You run them by double-clicking them, or you can put them in the Dock and click them there, like any application. Some applets have a downward arrow included in the icon indicating that they're droplets. These scripts run when you drag and drop files onto them. Applets and droplets take a few seconds to start up; you'll see them bounce in the Dock.
    Right: Script files, or documents, which may bear the .scpt extension, have no such overhead. They start immediately, but to run them you have to install a special Script menu (page 703).

  2. Read the ReadMe—or at least any installation and setup sections it may have—for any special instructions.



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