When working with Smart Object Image>adjustments greyed out CS6

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I'll try to make this problem/question as simple as I can. Let me first explain I am working on a iMac, still using OS X 10.11.6. I am using Photoshop SC6

Problem:
#1 - Open New
#2 - Duplicate BG Layer
#3 - Right-click and select; "Convert to Smart Object"
#4 - Go to menu; Image > Adjustments (Everything is greyed out except, Shadows/Highlights and HDR Toning.
#5 (Primary question) If all Adjustments are greyed out, how do I apply an adjustment to the Smart Object in a manner that it becomes "part of" the Smart Object?

Does the above make sense. (Yes, I know I can go to: Layer > New Adjustment Layer or click on the Adjustments icon at the bottom on the Layers palette and create a "new Adjustment Layer" above the Smart Object layer but this is not what I wish to do.) So is this just the way PSCS6 works or is there something wrong????  Appreciate any applicable feedback.
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open smart object layer (dbl click the smart object icon on layer) and you can make layer adjustments there in new open window, save, new changes show on your smart object. That is how it works.
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Doug S - Thanks for the reply but that is not the answer when it comes to "Adjustments". Your suggested procedure is correct for "Filters" but not "Adjustments. Well I should say your procedures works as far as making the actual adjustment but it doesn't save the Adjustment as a component beneath the Smart Object, thereby making it impossible to double click on the adjustment and re-edit it........unless you mean that one would have to go through this whole procedure again and re-adjust the adjustment one made the first time around (which would be quite time consuming and result in lack of control because, #1 - One has to remember which adjustment one used the first time and #2- also remember the exact amount of adjustment one performed the first time because the Adjustment controls default back to "zero" setting each time one re-opens them. Do you follow me?

Roger
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Yes, I was thinking of adjustment layers not pixel changing image adjustments. Sorry it didn't help you.
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@ Doug S - Actually it appears to me that you are referring to Filters (which are pixel changing) rather than Adjustments (which do not necessarily change pixels). Appreciate your response in any event. I have come to the conclusion that what I am expecting from "Smart Objects" is not feasible...........in other words, Smart Objects are not as "smart" as they should have been designed to be. When it comes to making "Adjustments" on a image layer, we are better off keeping the image layer as raster images rather then converting to a Smart Object. We would still be working non-destructively on the image layer.  Thanks my friend.
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What kind of file is it? If I try this, everything works fine and the adjustment becomes like a smart filter. But maybe that wasn't possible yet in Photoshop CS6...
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@ Johan Elzenga - It would help if you specified which version of PS with which you are using. When troubleshooting issues it's essential that everyone is "on the same page". This is exactly why I took the time to explain my operating system and the version of PS that I am using. We need to compare "apples with apples", as the expression goes.
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I’m using Photoshop 2020 on MacOS X Catalina. Like I said, it’s possible that your old CS6 version did not support this yet.