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Viewing Action Results as a Workflow Runs

As a workflow runs within Automator, you may want to monitor the results of each action. Doing so lets you make sure that the correct information passes from action to action. As Chapter 9, "Troubleshooting," explains, this can be a valuable way to determine the cause of any problems you may encounter.

To view an action's result:

  1. Select an action within the workflow.
  2. Click the Results button at the bottom of the action (Figure 4.60).

    Figure 4.60

    Figure 4.60 Click the Results button at the bottom of an action to display the action's results when the workflow runs.

    or

    Choose Action > Show Results (Figure 4.61).

    Figure 4.61

    Figure 4.61 Choosing Show Results from the Action menu displays the selected action's results when the workflow runs.

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    The action expands to display a results area (Figure 4.62).

    Figure 4.62

    Figure 4.62 The results area of an expanded action, ready to show its results when the workflow runs.

  3. Run the workflow.

    As the workflow runs, the results area displays the results of the action (Figure 4.63).

    Figure 4.63

    Figure 4.63 By default, action results are displayed as icons.

By default, action results are displayed as icons. You can, however, view action results as a table or list. To change the view, click one of the view icons above the result area (Figures 4.63, 4.64, and 4.65).

Figure 4.64

Figure 4.64 Choosing to view an action's results as a table.

Figure 4.65

Figure 4.65 Choosing to view an action's results as a list.

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