Prompt for Multiple Files?

Am I correct that the standard "Prompt for File" action doesn't support selecting multiple files? Assuming I'm correct, @peternlewis, it would be a nice feature.

And I have a solution right now, using JXA, but I just thought it'd be nice for this to be a standard feature.


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Yes, it only supports returning a single path.


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Hello Dan,
I have multiple current files that I am currently working on.
In reference to your question, would you know if there is any way to create a macro which would:

  • display a a checklist listing my current files
  • allow me to select more than one of those files
  • open the selected files
    I am just asking because you mentioned that you had a solution.
    thanks in advance for your time and help

@DanThomas may well have a better solution, but here is one approach.

Let us know if this works for you.

This macro uses a text list of file paths for your "current files".
If you have another, or better way, of getting this list, let us know.

Example Output




MACRO:   Open Multiple Selected Files from List [Example]

--- VER: 1.0    2019-12-25 ---
Requires: KM 8.2.4+   macOS 10.11 (El Capitan)+
(Macro was written & tested using KM 9.0+ on macOS 10.14.5 (Mojave))

DOWNLOAD Macro File:

Open Multiple Selected Files from List [Example].kmmacros
Note: This Macro was uploaded in a DISABLED state. You must enable before it can be triggered.




  • **Open Multiple Selected Files from List **


  1. First, make sure you have followed instructions in the Macro Setup below.
  2. Trigger this macro.
  3. Follow instructions in Prompt


  • Carefully review the Release Notes and the Macro Actions
    • Make sure you understand what the Macro will do.
    • You are responsible for running the Macro, not me. ??
      Make These Changes to this Macro
  1. Assign a Trigger to this macro.
  2. Move this macro to a Macro Group that is only Active when you need this Macro.
  3. ENABLE this Macro, and the Macro Group it is in.
    (all shown in the magenta color)
    • SET List of YOUR Current File Paths to Use in Selection
      • See instructions in Comment above this Action


  1. KM 9.0+ (may work in KM 8.2+ in some cases)
  2. macOS 10.11.6 (El Capitan)+

TAGS: @Files @Prompt @List

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I don't have a solution available, without doing a lot of work. Which I'm not going to do. :stuck_out_tongue:


thanks anyways

Wow !! a superb macro !!! works perfectly. thank you so much.

I am now working on a variant to open desktop (not online) evernote notes and Scrivener docs links which:

  • have to be open with a browser like Chrome which is no problem.
  • I must find another way to input / display the notes and docs because the links do not contain a recognizable name.

With Files, thanks to your regex, you can extract the name.

With Scrivener I can clean up the link and extract the document name.

With Evernote notes the path does not contain any recognizable name.

Example: this is the link to the Evernote note which contains this discussion.

In the case of Scrivener and Evernote, I will have to create a 'one open document/note per macro' conflict sub palette

thanks again very very much

This is done for the next version.


Hi @peternlewis,

Has this feature made it to release yet? I am currently running the latest 9.2 build, but only seem to be able to select a single file using the 'Prompt for File' action.

No, not until the next major version.

Hey Jake,

This can be done now.

I have restricted the file type to .txt files, but that can be changed, expanded, or removed entirely.


Choose File(s) With Choose Dialog (AppleScript Version) v1.00.kmmacros (7.0 KB)