Photoshop CC 2017: How can I organize my actions?

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My actions are a mess and I would love to organize them. I've watched videos to figure it out, but they are older versions of Photoshop and I don't have the same options.
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Brittany Wampler

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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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There is nothing new AFAIK. You can create sets through the little fly-out menu in the upper right corner of the panel, and then drag and drop your actions into those sets.
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Theresa Fiorani

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Photoshop CC2018 does not have options under the New Set menu to organize the actions or color-code them. Dragging and dropping actions into a new set does not work. Any ideas?
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Cristen Gillespie

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> Dragging and dropping actions into a new set does not work. Any ideas?>

Dragging and dropping certainly should work.  I don't know why it doesn't for you. We should know your OS and what, if anything, happens when you can't drag an action out of one set into another.  There are no options to organize under the New Set menu. It's all on you, I'm afraid.

I prefer to leave the actions in their original sets when I create new ones, and hold down the Option/Alt key while dragging an action out of one set into the other set so I'm copying, but you should also be able to just drag to move an action from one set into another.

The options remain the same. You can create new sets and new actions from the flyout menu. You can create a new set that is named for the way you want to organize, and drag and drop the actions, or copy them, into the new set. You can also create a more visual "divider" by making a set and naming it with "-------something------". You can leave it empty and place other sets that are related, but that you want to keep separate from each other, below, or you can use it as the one set you have for that category. If you use it as an empty divider with multiple sets below, then be sure to bookend it with another empty divider so it's obvious at a glance that all the painting sets of actions, say, are between these dividers.

Unfortunately, there's no color coding except in Button mode, and Button mode doesn't know from sets.<sigh> Hopefully now they've got around to trying to make our Brushes and Brush tools better organized, they'll move on to redesigning other panels, such as Actions, Layer Styles, Swatches. . . What you might want to do is think of one thing you want to be able to do in the Actions panel to organize, and then post an Idea here with a description so people can vote on it.