Master List of Tips, Tricks, and How-To's

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Master List of Tips, Tricks, and How-To's Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:27 am • by dhy8386
UPDATED - 9/3/14 for new rules for 2014.

While Mr. Noodle is hard at work on version 3.0 and contemplates whether he wants to add a Wiki, I thought I would provide a "master cleansed list" of not just the tips & tricks but the all the how-to's sprinkled throughout the entire forum. I plan to keep this list up to date. Hopefully Mr. Noodle does not find this distracting as I am trying to make it easier for people to find good content.

One note. There are additional good tips and tricks in this thread then what is provided here as I tried to gather the most popular ones/useful ones. Also, please feel free to let me know of any that I missed.

Tips on Using Hazel
Make Hazel move Backup to Parent Directory/Folder - viewtopic.php?p=1545#p1545
Important Troubleshooting Tips - viewtopic.php?p=19#p19
Running Hazel on Subfolders - viewtopic.php?p=1874#p1874
Automatically sort files in Subfolders and delete when empty - viewtopic.php?p=2220#p2220
Renaming with Hazel match patterns (focused on TV show renaming) - [External Site] ... azel-pt-2/
Renaming with Hazel match patterns - viewtopic.php?p=2569#p2569
Hazel Definition: Duplicate Files - viewtopic.php?p=3420#p3420
How does Hazel determine the "Kind Tag" - viewtopic.php?p=3345#p3345
Sorting files into monthly & yearly archives - viewtopic.php?p=2327#p2327
Processing New Files Only - viewtopic.php?p=2328#p2328
Finer control on Folder Actions and When Hazel runs - viewtopic.php?p=2329#p2329
How to properly use the $1 in Shell commands - viewtopic.php?p=2459#p2459
Move MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) files in 1 rule - viewtopic.php?p=3618#p3618
Determine if a PDF needs to be OCR'd & Automate FineReader - viewtopic.php?p=3593#p3593
Create a specific folder structure with Automator - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2033
Auto-import ScanSnap CardMinder images into Evernote - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3039
Creating DayOne entries from IFTTT - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3340

Supercharging Hazel
Some Hidden Default Tweaks (Debug, Scan Invisible Files, Ignore Backup Dirs, Error Notification Frequency) - viewtopic.php?p=1651#p1651
Creating a Pause in Hazel Actions - viewtopic.php?p=3103#p3103
Resetting the # for renaming - viewtopic.php?p=2772#p2772
View all attributes (metadata) of a file or folder using the "MDLS" command - viewtopic.php?p=18#p18
Intentionally changing/specifying the Date Modified attribute - viewtopic.php?p=3569#p3569

All Things Scripts & 3rd Party Tools
External Applescript to Automatically Convert files via HandbrakeCLI using Hazel Folder Watching - viewtopic.php?p=3447#p3447
External Applescript to Run Growl Alerts - viewtopic.php?p=3444#p3444
Script for matching specific content name and placing into specific folder - viewtopic.php?p=2916#p2916
Auto Quicklook recently downloaded files - viewtopic.php?p=2735#p2735
Automatically Rename, Tag, Move, and Sort TV show Downloads into Respective Show/Season Folders using TVnamer - viewtopic.php?p=3416#p3416
Parsing only the filenames and directory names using Shell scripts - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=910
Shell scrip to Determine if a PDF needs to be OCR'd & Automate FineReader - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=905
Lifestreaming (Save Social Media Activity) to Day One - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3839
Compress and fix rotation of iPhone videos - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3194
Applescript to automatically convert Pages to PDF - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1502
Use Hazel to Automatically Upload Photos/Videos to Flickr - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3320
Shorten Dropbox URL + custom Growl notification - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1357
Multi-Use Applescript Dialog for Option Rule - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1256
Get contents of disk images - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=935
Convert DTS to AC3 - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1947
Use Any Date/Time as Custom Token for Renaming/Sorting Files - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1587
Last edited by dhy8386 on Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:15 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Thanks for putting this together. I've gone ahead and made this article sticky so it should always be at/near the top.
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Re: Master List of Tips, Tricks, and How-To's Fri May 29, 2015 1:20 am • by Allsop
Just wondering whether or not it is time to update this article—if you have time that is!
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Allsop wrote:Just wondering whether or not it is time to update this article—if you have time that is!

Or perhaps now in 2019? :-D
I just purchased a license today - will give Hazel a try - but this web and forum SERIOUSLY needs some attention and update; i had to google around just to see if this project was still alive. Hazel runs (even on macOS 10.15 Catalina dp1) well and is faster than hacking it together on my own, but still...

There should be an updated repository of often-used hazel rules somewhere. One that doesn't include super-old, dead projects like growl and such.
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Re: Master List of Tips, Tricks, and How-To's Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:32 am • by Mr_Noodle
Can you point to specifics? What do you expect to see to indicate the project is still alive? The release notes are posted on the site and the Twitter account also posts updates.

As for a repository, that is a good deal of effort to create and maintain. And again, which specific things are you referring to as far as dead projects go?
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