Photoshop: Can you please explain "Override Action 'Save As Commands" in Batch dialog?

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When using Batch processing I feel the "Override Action “Save As” Commands" option is mis-labled.

When you have the "Override Action “Save As” Commands" UNchecked the Batch processing IGNORES your Save As commands, but when it is checked to 'Override' your commands it FOLLOWS your Save As commands. Surely to 'Override' something is to ignore it and do something else? this works in the opposite way...

Forgive me if I am missing something here but to me it seems blatently the wrong way round!
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It overrides the file name and/or path specified in the "Save As..." step of your action:

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Tom Miller

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yes that's what you would think, not in my experience...
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it doesn't though!! if you check this box it USES the "save as" step of your action!

obviously this has been around as an option for many years, but still to me it doesnt make sense...

when the option to override your 'save as' command is on - it USES your 'save as' command... surely if you are overriding a command then you are ignoring it and doing something different.

i know it sounds nuts but when i read that ^^^ message window it is a contradiction in its purest form, "check this box to OVERRIDE a 'save as' step... but if you check this box it will use whatever 'save as' step you have entered in your actions"

obviously its not a problem that will be addressed, i'm just frustrated as i wasted an hour at work this afternoon having purposely not checked this box after reading literally what it was labelled as doing.

question 2 - where is the menu to take photoshop out of 'opposites land' mode? :P
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basically I had set up an "Open, Resize -50%, Save As, JPEG level 5, same destination (overwrite), Close" action set.

I went to Batch, selected a folder full of images and the above action set and set if off going....

When i left the "Override Save As Command" UNCHECKED..... the process stopped after every re-size and asked me to 'Save As'... but when i randomly CHECKED the "Override Save As Command" the process went through all my action set including automatically Saving As and closing each image!

now try and tell me that is logical... :P
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It is completely irrational, and it's been there for years.
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I know this thread is 5 years old, but I found it when I was trying to get all things into place with Batch "Override Action Save As Commands" and also "Override Action Open Commands".

It's was kind of a strange thing to understand for the first time, but got it figured out after some tests and reading.

So, basically as Jeffrey said it only overrides the destination and filename you specified in the Batch options, meaning if while recording an action you chose C:/hello.jpg as Save As and your Batch settings has C:/bye/ folder specified it will ignore the destination C:/ and the image name hello.jpg and save it to C:/bye/ folder with whatever name is specified in Batch settings. If however, you didn't have Save As action in your recorded action, it won't save this file at all.

On the other hand if you have Save As action in your recorded action and "Override" box unchecked, it will save EXACTLY how you did it during the recording AND add another file with the name and destination specified in Batch settings. So in this case, you have 2 files saved - one, which is exact as you did with Save As while recording and other one created by Batch settings.

Finally, if you haven't got Save As action in your recorded action and have "Override" box unchecked it will ask you where to save a file each time a different photo is picked by the Batch.

Open works the same as Save As. 

To summarize:
1. Save As + Override = Creates one file from Batch settings.
2. Save as + No Override = Creates two files - one exact, other specified in Batch.
3. No Save As + Override = Doesn't create any file.
4. No Save As + No Override = Asks each time where to save a file in which name.

Good luck