Using LiveCode & AppleScript to make mouse selection in another Mac application

Martin Koob mkoob at
Thu Sep 5 17:00:50 EDT 2019


Are you wanting to moved object or a UI element to a new location which you would normally do with a mouse drag?  If so the application you are trying to script may have a ‘move' command.  Open the dictionary for the application you are scripting in the AppleScript Script Editor application and check whether  it has a move command.   I just checked and System Events has move in its dictionary as well as Finder and Calendar.   Would this achieve what you are trying to do?  I haven’t used this command so can’t give you any more info than this but I seems it would work in some cases.

Hope that helps.


Martin Koob

> On Sep 5, 2019, at 2:37 PM, Ben Rubinstein via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
> As the title says...
> I had a recollection that it was possible to construct a tool in LiveCode that would use AppleScript, System Events, and the accessibility framework to perform actions on another (not naturally scriptable) app.
> I can do menu items, I can do keystrokes - but can I move the mouse? Or more to the point, can I move the mouse to a location, then click and drag to a new location?
> Automator appears to be able to do this as a recording, which works once as a single step - but ever since hangs on playback (amusingly, it moves the mouse to the first point and then refuses to let it be moved anywhere else - pulling it back if it is - the only escape seems to be to use the keyboard to open a terminal and kill Automator).
> Did I dream this, or is it possible?
> TIA,
> Ben
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