I have my actions loaded but cannot get them to play

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I have actions loaded in the actions pallet but when I try to play them nothing happens. What do I need to do to fix this?
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stacy johnson

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Chris Cox

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What actions? What are they supposed to do?
Do you get any error messages?
Do the actions require something, like a loaded image, a selected layer, or an active selection?

And which version of Photoshop are you using?
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stacy johnson

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I'm trying to use an action set I downloaded - complete workflow. They are for custom adjustments on an image like touch of color, black and white, etc.
No error message appears nothing happens I just see a lot of subfolders open. I try to hit the play button but they won't play.
If they require something I wouldn't know. I am new at this and don't know what I'm doing that's why I found these simple actions.

I'm using CS6 on a MacBook
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Chris Cox

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Do the actions come with any instructions (maybe where you downloaded them from)?

Do you mean folders within the actions palette, or groups in the layers palette?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Do you have the "folder" selected or an actual action inside the folder selected? You need to have an action selected. If a folder is selected, the play button isn't enabled:

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Andrew Fowkes

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Yes, I have the same problem. The action files are all ticked but the 'Play' Function is not working. I don't mind as I rarely use the Actions, however the warning notice pops up every time I open  PSD file.
I was simply trying to auto file the copyright to each new file and it all started then. And I've downloaded the latest PS today and it makes no difference. Help needed. 
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The Play function doesn't even light up, or the action itself doesn't appear to run after you click on the play button?

It would help if you took a screenshot of the warning you get when you open a PSD file and of the action you're trying to run. Click on the triangles to open the action as well as the first several steps and we might be able to see what the action is doing.

If the Play button is lit up when you click on the action to run it, but it appears not to have performed the task, you can troubleshoot by opening the action and targeting the first step, then Cmd/Ctrl-click on the Play button.  It will perform just one step, and you repeat all that until it stops with an error. then you know exactly where it's failing.
It's either the action and your document that are at odd, or you have some kind of corruption. Adobe staff can help you troubleshoot further if they know more about your setup.
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Andrew Fowkes

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I haven't added any new actions, simply the PS default Actions. Your correct when the command/click does run an Action but how do I turn off 'The  command "PLAY" is not available' notice?
Thanks for your time.

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Andrew Fowkes

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Hi Guys, thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I turned off the Script Manager and there is no longer a warning notice every-time I open  new file (which is about 30 times a day). I'll turn it on when and if I ever need it. Thanks again.
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Oscar Matamoros

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Hi Andrew, how can I turn off the script manager? I have the same problem. Cheers.
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Andrew Fowkes

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hello Oscar, well its nice not to be alone...:)
I simply went into File>Scripts>Script Event Manager and unchecked the top left box (Enable Events to Run Scripts). Its not ideal as I doubt whether I can use the SEM to do any other tasks. But it did stop the annoying (time wasting) warning sign. All the best.
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Why don’t you check the events listed there? There must be an ‘On Open’ event that tries to run an action when you open a document, but can’t for some reason. Delete that one and the error is gone without having to disable the entire Script Event Manager.
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Andrew Fowkes

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And thats why they call you champion!
Much appreciated. :)