Photoshop: Toggle Dialogue has vanished from Duplicate Layer in actions palette

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This is a tricky one to explain, but it causes me lots of frustration, so I'll try......

I use actions a lot, and one action I always rely on is a custom action I created to duplicate a layer. It works on layers or layer comps. Just hit Command F-5, and get the current layer duplicated...I've been using it for years.

However, something changed with the latest version of Photoshop that threw a bit of a wrench in the works.

Previously, with "Duplicate Current Layer" in the Actions panel, it would give me the Toggle Dialogue on/off option, which I always set to "on" so that when the action executed it would prompt the dialogue enabling me to name the layer as it got duplicated.

With Photoshop CS5 however, that Toggle Dialogue option has vanished from the Duplicate Current Layer action in the actions palette, so when I duplicate a layer, it just duplicates it, and appends it with the word "copy," and I have no way of prompting the dialogue to name it before it gets duplicated...

Is this a bug, or did this get changed for some reason??

It's really frustrating because it's something that's worked for me for years, and now with a newer release adds an extra step to my workflow for something I must do hundreds of times a day.. I'm sure this is costing me $$!!! (if I were to add up all the times I have to do this)
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Elliott

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Ah....that worked....but it took me a while to figure it out...

I kept thinking the dialogue that came up was an error prompt...Adobe should fix this so the format of that dialogue is different than an error prompt..I kept hitting it and thinking "Why do I keep getting an error," before I understood what it was telling me to do..
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Small dialogs and alerts look similar -- but you're supposed to read the contents, not just ignore them.
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I did actually read it, but it didn't make sense to me...my impression was that it meant I was supposed to have selected a menu item before I had selected "Insert Menu Item..." But I thought "I did select a menu item...why isn't this working?" So I closed the dialogue, and tried again and again, until I got it... I'm not used to being able to do anything while a prompt like that is open...generally it says to me I've done something wrong... FWIW