Albert Albert - 1 month ago 15
AppleScript Question

MacOSX: get foremost window title

I am using this code to get the window title:

tell application "System Events"
set frontApp to name of first application process whose frontmost is true
end tell

tell application frontApp
set window_name to name of front window
end tell


However, this fails in some cases. Obviously it fails when there is no open window but that is Ok. However, in some cases, for example for Texmaker, it fails with an error. It also doesn't work for Preview.

What would be a way to get the window title anyway, even for cases like Texmaker?

Answer

This seems to work always:

global frontApp, frontAppName, windowTitle

set windowTitle to ""
tell application "System Events"
    set frontApp to first application process whose frontmost is true
    set frontAppName to name of frontApp
    tell process frontAppName
        tell (1st window whose value of attribute "AXMain" is true)
            set windowTitle to value of attribute "AXTitle"
        end tell
    end tell
end tell

return {frontAppName, windowTitle}

Got the idea from here.