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Chapter 24. Actions > To include one action in another action:

To include one action in another action:

1.
If you want to insert a Play Action command as you record an action, skip ahead to step 3.

or

If you want to insert a Play Action command into an existing, completed action, click the command after which you want the Play Action to occur, then click the Record button.

2.
Click the action you want to include.

3.
Click the Play button. The secondary action will play through. When it has completed, it will be listed on the action's command action list as “Play Action.”

Figure 1. Play action appears on the palette


4.
If you're in the middle of recording an action, continue recording.

or

If you're inserting the Play Action into an existing action, click Stop to finish.

Note: If you expand the Play Action command list, you'll see the name of the secondary action to be played and the name of the set that that action belongs to .

Figure 2. The Play action list expanded


  • If the action or set that the Play Action is calling for has been deleted or renamed, an alert dialog box will appear during playback .

    Figure 3. This alert dialog box will appear if the action or set the Play Action is calling for has been deleted or renamed.

  • Watch out for any commands in a Play Action that could potentially conflict with the main action. For example, a Deselect command in the Play Action could have an adverse effect on the main action playback.

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Instead of starting from scratch each time you create a new action, create a set of simple utility actions that you can include in larger actions. Save them in a utility set that you can draw from (see the next page). Remember to supply the utility set along with the main action.



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