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Viewing an Action's Description

Each Automator action has a description that provides an overview of the action, the types of input the action accepts, the types of output the action produces, and more—a treasure trove of information for any Automator user. You can view an action's description in the Library list or in the workflow area.

To view the description of an action in the Library list:

  • In the Library list, select the action you want to view to see its description in the workflow window's lower-left corner (Figure 4.15).
    Figure 4.15

    Figure 4.15 Viewing the description of the Create Archive action in the Library list.

To view the description of an action in the workflow area:

  • Click the Description button at the bottom of the action's interface. The action's interface expands to show its description (Figure 4.16). To hide the description, click the Description button again.
    Figure 4.16

    Figure 4.16 Viewing the description of an action in the workflow area.

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