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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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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Hello, another user reported a similar issue, You are on a Mac, is it on Ps CC 19.1.4?
Did you target an action? Did you try switching to button mode in theflyout menu of the actions Panel?
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HI, Yes a new iMac and PS CC19.1.4. The button mode does allow for actions to operate. But the same warning appears when I open a new file. Not a big deal just another chore on the to-do list.
It all started when I tried to auto copyright all my PS, whats the worst that can happen?!! So somehow the Script Manager didn't find the copyright template (even after following a very clear PS video). So now I have 2 chores instead of one.
regards
Andrew
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Cristen Gillespie

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Oh, you're using the Script Manager. It may be the Script Manager has a problem with an action that it is supposed to perform on an event. I've had that problem and gave up on what I thought should work, even though there was no problem running the action manually. It may not be Actions themselves, assuming yours runs, and I am assuming that. It could be what happens with the action and the Scripts Event Manager.
Maybe you'll get lucky here and someone who is good with scripts and the Event Manager will know what's happening.
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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.