title Automator Tutorial Home

Tutorial 1
Tutorial 2
Tutorial 3

Great Links:
Official website
Download website
System Compatible:

Third Tutorial

For the third tutorial, we will use Services,
a powerful Mac OS X system to shortcut application from menu.

Mac Integration

In TextEdit, when you select a word and Ctrl-click it, you have this menu:

and you can search the selected word in Google from that menu.
You can create a similar action from Automator, to search in Yahoo per example,.

Script Creation

We will create a service usable with any selected word to search in a particular website.
You need to download this action and install it on Automator.

Search It.action is a small action to search input text
on several Search Engines (Yahoo, Wikipedia, Amazon and Bing),
it had been created to illustrated the tutorial.

Create a new Service with Automator.

Add Internet >> Search Text on Internet.
Choose the website where you want to searching on.

Then press File >> Save and choose a name for the service,
Search in Yahoo by example.


Your service is available from the Ctrl-click menu for any text field based application

And from Application Main Menu >> Services >> Search in Yahoo for any application.

Services Mangement
Services created with Automator are saved in workflow file,
to edit or delete yours services, go to ~/Library/Services/ folder
you can edit service with Automator directly from the workflow file.

PS: A service can have only a name and every service have a different name.

Last Updated: 29/1/10