10.8: Automatically open the Messages chat window
Apr 09, '13 09:12:00AM
Contributed by: Jokke72
I was annoyed by a behavior of Messages.app. When a friend sends me a message the chat window will not open automatically. Instead the Messages app icon will get a badge and bounce a couple of times in the dock.
But if I'm not currently at the computer, and since I do not use the Dock to launch apps and I have the Dock always hidden, I could easily miss a message for a long time. So I came up with the following solution.
First open /Utilities/AppleScript.app and paste the following into the script editor:
Pick a name and save the script in the scripts folder ~/Library/Scripts.
using terms from application "Messages"
on message received theText from theBuddy for theChat
set visible of window "Messages" to true
end message received
end using terms from
Next open up /Applications/Messages.app and do the following:
Now when you receive a new message while you are away from the computer you have an open window with the message waiting for you.
- Under Preferences select Alerts.
- Under Event select Received Message.
- Tap Run an AppleScript and select your previously saved script under the Pop-Up menu.
[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. You need to be running 10.8 or later to have the Messages application, of course.]
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