Hook in firefox leaves location bar focused

Hey all, new user here.

When I fire up hook using ^H with Firefox focused, it looks like applescript is selecting the location bar and copying the value, but not returning the focus to where it was in the main frame.

I use vimium to navigate web pages, and it doesn’t work when the page itself isn’t focus. This breaks the flow of what I was doing, as I have to mess around to get back to the web content.

is it possible to return the focus where it started when collecting the url?

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Sorry for the trouble.

Hook has to use UI scripting to get the current url from Firefox. So there are some problems.

Here is a modified script. It seems to be working fine on my machine. Could you please open Hook preferences window → Script → Firefox → Get Address, replace the Get Address script with the following script?

use framework "AppKit"
-- classes, constants, and enums used
property NSShiftKeyMask : a reference to 131072
property NSAlternateKeyMask : a reference to 524288
property NSControlKeyMask : a reference to 262144
property NSEvent : a reference to current application's NSEvent

set modifier_down to true
repeat while modifier_down
    set modifier_flags to NSEvent's modifierFlags()
    set option_down to ((modifier_flags div (get NSAlternateKeyMask)) mod 2) = 1
    set shift_down to ((modifier_flags div (get NSShiftKeyMask)) mod 2) = 1
    set control_down to ((modifier_flags div (get NSControlKeyMask)) mod 2) = 1
    set modifier_down to option_down or shift_down or control_down
end repeat

tell application "Firefox"
    delay 0.05
    set myName to get name of front window
    if version > 72 and myName ends with " - Mozilla Firefox" then
        if length of myName > 18 then
            set myName to text 1 through -19 of myName
            set myName to ""
        end if
    end if
end tell
tell application "System Events"
    keystroke "l" using {command down}
    keystroke (key code 53)
    keystroke (key code 53)
    --keystroke "c" using {command down}
    tell process "Firefox"
        click menu item "Copy" of menu "Edit" of menu bar 1
    end tell
    delay 0.05
    set theClipboard to current application's NSPasteboard's generalPasteboard's stringForType:(current application's NSPasteboardTypeString)

	keystroke (key code 53)
	keystroke (key code 48)
    return ("[" & myName & "](" & the theClipboard as string) & ")"
end tell

That does not work - it leaves the cursor focused on the “reading mode” toggle. Given that you’re just adding key presses, you’ll probably have better luck with F6 (keycode 97).

I tested it with F6, and it does work. That being said… there has to be a better way of automating this. I’ve got a few other apps that observe what I’m doing, like Timing, and it can get a surprising amount of data passively, without controlling and interacting with the application.

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Thank you for info. We will have a look.