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I opened a topic on Actions 4 days ago, which makes it ancient, so I am starting a new one. I cannot understand the "insert Menu" process to run a command to use an otherwise unrecordable command. I want to call up the scanner with an action. I cannot do this normally and Tony suggested this: "Use Insert Menu Item from the actions palette flyout menu and THEN do File|Import|Epson 3200" It doesn't work. If I open Actions and go to "Insert Menu Item" I get a message "No Menu item selected" Ok. So I go to file>Import>Scanner, the scanner ...

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    Default Actions II

    I opened a topic on Actions 4 days ago, which makes it ancient, so I am starting a new one.

    I cannot understand the "insert Menu" process to run a command to use an otherwise unrecordable command.

    I want to call up the scanner with an action. I cannot do this normally and Tony suggested this: "Use Insert Menu Item from the actions palette flyout menu and THEN do File|Import|Epson 3200"

    It doesn't work. If I open Actions and go to "Insert Menu Item" I get a message "No Menu item selected" Ok. So I go to file>Import>Scanner, the scanner dialog opens, I go to Create a New Action, nothing. It's frozen out.

    So, I try File>New and generate a canvas. If I go now to Actions new, again I get No menu item selected. So while the new canvas is on the screen, I go to File>Import etc I get the scanner dialog box, but again, the Actions dialog box is unresponsive.

    So, if one hasn't picked a menu it won't work, and if you do select a Menu, you are locked out.

    So, if this can actually work, what are the steps staring from the beginning?

    I have referred to the manual and help as well.

    PS6.01, W2K
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    Lawrence_Hudetz@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Hey Lawrence,

    Hereīs the laydown: Start recording, Go Insert Menu Item, then, when it says no item selected - go File>Import (with the dialog on the screen).

    Mathias
    Mathias_Vejerslev@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Thanks Mathias.

    The ONE thing I didn't try!!!

    "No Menu Selected" is a stupid statement. It does not tell you what you need to do. It tells you what you didn't do. It needs to tell you to select menu.

    Here's my revised instruction list, along with mods to the instructions:

    Select "Actions">"Create New Action"
    (Name of action etc here as usual)
    Record
    Click Flyout
    Choose "Insert Menu Item" Click OK when finished (I would add an ok button here)
    Choose your Menu Item. Observe that the Item is actually selected. Click OK,
    Click Stop.

    There. That makes sense.

    Too late for CS, but next go-around.......
    Lawrence_Hudetz@adobeforums.com Guest

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    I agree, itīs not totally obvious what is going on there, and the whole functionality needs also better doentation. As you say, itīs a non-instruction, and it should tell you what to do instead.

    I remember from when I first used the function in a galaxy far, far away.

    A Feature Request might not be totally out of order.
    Mathias_Vejerslev@adobeforums.com Guest

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    I'll do it!
    Lawrence_Hudetz@adobeforums.com Guest

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