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Part 2. Working with Disks, Folders, and Files > Handling Files with Automator

Handling Files with Automator

Double-click to start Automator (located in the Applications folder).

Click Finder in the Library column to narrow down the available actions.

Drag Get Selected Finder Items into the workflow area.

Drag New Folder into the workflow area.

INTRODUCTION

Remember how computers were supposed to make our lives simpler? Well, Automator really does that. With Automator, you can set up a series of steps once, save them as a workflow, and then set that task in motion any time with a mere double-click or drag and drop. Here's how to create a workflow that backs up selected files.


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Running Workflows

Saving a workflow as an application enables you to run it without starting Automator. While it's running, you see a message to that effect in the menu bar; click the red stop sign button to cancel the series of actions.


Enter a name for the folder the action will create.

Choose File, Save.

Give the workflow a name and specify where to save it.

Select Application from the File Format pop-up menu and click Save.


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