Automator’s great for streamlining some of the repetitive things you do each day on your Mac. With Automator, you can create your own custom plugins for the Services menu, Folder Action workflows that run when files are placed into a folder, add-ons for the print window’s PDF menu, and more. In most cases, when you save a workflow, Automator puts it where it needs to go automatically. But, where do your workflows actually live? If you want to remove or edit one, you’ll need to know. In this post, we’ll take a look at the various places workflows are found on your Mac.
- Apps – Often, an app that supports Automator contains embedded actions. When Automator launches, it scans the apps on your Mac, loads their actions (if they have any), and displays them in the action library.
- /System/Library/Automator – This is where Apple puts all of the standard actions that come with OS X, such as actions for Calendar, Mail, and Safari.
- /Library/Automator – Here, you may find some non-embedded third-party actions. The Microsoft Office actions, for example, are installed here. Actions in this folder are available to all user accounts on your Mac.
- ~/Library/Automator – If you double-click action files you’ve downloaded or choose File > Import Actions… in Automator, the actions are installed here automatically. These actions are available to you, but not to other users on your Mac.