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Chapter 24. Actions > Actions and the Actions palette

Actions and the Actions palette

An action is a recorded sequence of tool and menu events. When an action is replayed, the same series of commands is executed in exactly the same sequence in which it was recorded. Actions can be simple (as short as a single command) or complex—whatever your work demands. And they can be replayed on any document. What's more, actions can be edited, reorganized, included in other actions, and traded around among Illustrator users.

Actions are recorded, played back, edited, saved, and deleted using the Actions palette (Window > Actions). The Actions palette has two modes: Button and List (choose either one from the palette menu). Button mode is used only for playback, since in this mode only the action name is listed . Actions can be assigned keyboard shortcuts for fast access in Button mode. To turn Button mode on or off, choose Button Mode from the Actions palette menu.


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