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Copying Actions

Sometimes you want an action to stay put, but you need another copy of it elsewhere. You can do this by copying the action and then pasting it into the desired location in your workflow or even in a different workflow entirely.

Copying and relocating actions, method 1:

  1. Select the action in the workflow area and choose Edit > Copy to copy the action to the clipboard (Figure 4.39).

    Figure 4.39

    Figure 4.39 Copying a selected action to the clipboard.

    or

    Press 085inline01.jpg.

  2. Select the workflow in which you want to insert the copied action. You can use the same workflow or a different one.
  3. Choose Edit > Paste (Figure 4.40).

    Figure 4.40

    Figure 4.40 Pasting an action into the currently selected workflow.

    or

    Press 085inline02.jpg.

    Automator pastes the action at the end of the workflow. If you pasted into the same workflow, the action now resides in two places.

Copying and relocating actions, method 2:

  1. Select the action in the workflow area.
  2. While holding down the 085inline03.jpg key, drag the action to the desired location.

    Automator copies the action to that location (Figure 4.41).

    Figure 4.41

    Figure 4.41 Copying an action from one location to another.

Copying and relocating actions, method 3:

  1. Select the action in the workflow area.
  2. Drag the action from the current workflow into the desired location in a different workflow (Figure 4.42).

    Figure 4.42

    Figure 4.42 Copying an action from one workflow to another.

    Automator copies the action to the other workflow.

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