Automator: How to access menu bar?

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  1. viciousvegetabl macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Goal:
    -Import files one at a time into 3rd party application using Automator.

    Challenge:
    -The application has no way to program a key command for edit > insert > file (that I could find)

    Failed tries with Automator:

    Recorded a "watch me do" sequence using the mouse. Sometimes it works and sometimes it glitches badly; the cursor moves very slowly in places I never recorded and the script runs for several minutes until I press the restart button. I believe that nothing changes on the machine between attempts - very peculiar.

    Recorded a "watch me do" sequence using 'control' + 'function' + 'f2' to highlight the apple in the menu bar at the top of the screen then navigated to edit > insert > file using the arrow keys. Unfortunately it doesn't work when run. In the workflow,
    "'control' + 'function' + 'f2'" is shown as
    "'control' + '(a symbol I don't know - see attached screenshot line 1 of the workflow)'"
    The arrow keys pressed are then not recognized at all. (Line 2 in the workflow is from pressing return.)

    A seemingly simple task is really perplexing me. I'm sure there's a simple solution though. Suggestions?

    Thank you so much!
     

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  2. MacForScience macrumors 6502

    MacForScience

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    Location:
    USA
    #2
    Use apple script it should be easier. There is a script editor in your apps folder and lots of information on apples website.

    Cheers
     

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