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Open new Safari window with an AppleScript application
Authored by: cooker47 on May 17, '10 03:37:45PM

I am using Safari Version 4.0.5 (4531.22.7) on a late 2005 Mac Mini PPC G4.

I was revisiting this 2003 topic because there are times when I just want to have a new empty Safari window with minimum clicks.

I know how to get a new empty tab using Safari Preferences and Command+T, but I try to avoid using tabs because they seem to drive a lot of overhead (Safari CPU consumption), and having Safari Preferences open new Windows with the same page is useful to keep.

I can still open a new empty tab and then "Move Tab to New Window" but that takes three clicks and I still have to copy and paste the URL I want or else do a search.

This code works great for me:

tell application "Safari"
    make new document with properties {URL:""}
end tell

I saved the script from Script Editor as an application in $HOME/Library/Scripts/Applications/Safari. Then - after using "/Applications/Applescript/AppleScript Utility.app" to enable the "Show Script Menu in menu bar" - I can run the script from the menu bar when Safari is active.

Now the operation takes only two clicks, so this is quite useful.

I also created a web page to collect a few examples of launching Applescript from a link. See here.



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