Re: Questions about a .action file

Norma A. Boge

Hi Lynn,

Yes, this is from the My SSA Account site. I couldn't copy and paste the relevant part of the screen, but here is my Jaws speech history. You'll see where the word "action" pops up, especially toward the bottom in the save dialogue.
I was able to print the document, which is fine but I'll have to scan it to get a file I can email.

Too weird, huh?


----------begin Jaws speech history---------
Overview, my Social Security
Link close
Get a Benefit Verification Letter
Print Now Alt+P
Save A Copy Alt+s
Save A Copy Alt+s Button
To activate press Enter.
Alt+s - Google Chrome - Google Chrome
BenefitVerificationLetter.action Button
BenefitVerificationLetter.action - Google Chrome
Edit 1
Address and search bar Edit
Type in text.
Page number
Rotate clockwise Button
To activate press Enter.
Download Button
To activate press Enter.
Save As dialog
File name: edit combo
To set the value use the Arrow keys or type the value.
Save As

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of lynn white
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2020 3:54 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Questions about a .action file

Hi Norma,

I’ve not heard of this file which surprises nobody. Is this something you obtained through the My Social Security account?
On May 29, 2020, at 3:32 PM, Norma A. Boge <> wrote:

 Hi group,

I downloaded a confidential document from the Social Security web site
and it is in the .action format. I've done this twice and have gotten
this Apple-Mac format each time. I am sure I am selecting the correct link.
First, has anyone experienced getting this file format when
downloading confidential documents from the SSA? Or anywhere, for that
matter. Unless I'm hitting the incorrect link, this must be a problem with the SSA site.
But, then again, I'm no expert.
I'm gonna return to the site and, again, look very carefully for the
correct link.
In the meantime, here's a little more about this file format:

An ACTION file is a file written in XCode and used by Automator, a
program for creating automations in macOS. It contains a specific
action that can be combined with other actions to create an automated
process (these processes are saved as .WORKFLOW documents)


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