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Troubleshoot a Workflow

There are several things you can do while building a workflow to find out where something might be going wrong.

  • Click the “Options” triangle in an action and check your options. At the very least you will usually have the choice to “Show Action When Run.” This stops the action and shows you what it's doing. You might learn something by seeing each step as it goes through its process.

  • After you run a workflow, you will see a mark next to the Options triangle. It's either a green checkmark, indicating that particular action executed properly, or a red x, which means it didn't.

  • Check the bottom-right corner of the Automator window. Status messages appear here to tell you what's happening.

  • Display the log so you can record exactly what the workflow does. From the View menu, choose “Show Log.” A drawer appears off the bottom.

  • Place the action called “View Results” (it's an “Automator” action) between two other actions in the workflow. This lets you see the data that is flowing through the workflow at that point.


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