Last updated: January 18, 2021
Discovering available UI elements
tell application "System Events" tell process "Application Name Here" set visible to true return every UI element of front window -- Swap to this return to get element names -- return name of every UI element of front window end tell end tell
This may need to be used iteratively, e.g. look at the output and then change to
return every UI element of group 1 of front window, etc.
You can also use the Accessibility Inspector, which is in
If you’re willing to shell out $55, you can use UI Browser. This is an application that allows you to navigate the UI hierarchy of an application and copy the AppleScript reference for specific UI elements. It’s much more functional for writing automation in AppleScript than Accessibility Inspector.
Discovering properties of UI elements
tell application "System Events" tell process "Application Name Here" set visible to true repeat with theElem in (UI elements in window 1) set theProps to properties of theElem log theElem end repeat end tell end tell
You can also look at just a specific property like
set theProps to description of theElem.