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Chapter 7. An Introduction to AppleScript > Writing Commands by Hand

7.5. Writing Commands by Hand

Using the "watch me" mode described earlier in this chapter, you can create only very simple scripts. If you want to create anything more elaborate—or anything at all in the Mac OS X Finder—you must type out the script steps one by one, testing your work, debugging it, reworking it, and so on.

7.5.1. Scriptable Programs

Most of the introductory articles you'll read about AppleScript discuss scripts that perform useful tasks in the Finder—that is, scripts that manipulate your files, folders, disks, and so on. That's because the Finder is an extraordinarily scriptable program; AppleScript can control almost every element of it.


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