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Photoshop Elements 14 Automation Tools Greyed Out

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Automation tools is greyed out.  It used to work, and suddenly it's greyed out.

I uninstalled Elements, rebooted and reinstalled, then reinstalled the plugins but they're still not available.

Physically, I see the plugins in the plugin folder, and I've added the sub-folder with the plugins as an additional plugin folder in preferences.

I just don't get it.  Thanks for any help you can give me.

Kevin

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Are you in Expert mode.

The Automation Tools menu is greyed out unless one is in Expert mode.

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Photoshop Elements 14 Automation Tools Greyed Out

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Automation tools is greyed out.  It used to work, and suddenly it's greyed out.

I uninstalled Elements, rebooted and reinstalled, then reinstalled the plugins but they're still not available.

Physically, I see the plugins in the plugin folder, and I've added the sub-folder with the plugins as an additional plugin folder in preferences.

I just don't get it.  Thanks for any help you can give me.

Kevin

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Correct answer by Jeff Arola | Adobe Community Professional

Are you in Expert mode.

The Automation Tools menu is greyed out unless one is in Expert mode.

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What operating system are you using?

What plugins have you installed?

Usually most plugins/filters show under the Filter menu and very few actually are activated under the File>Automation Tools.

Some exceptions are the Nik Collection Selective Tool and OnOne photoshop plugins.

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Thank you, R_Kelly.

I'm running Windows 10 64-bit.  I had both the Nik Collection and Canon's Print Studio Pro installed and both were available under Automation Tools.  Suddenly, Automation Tools was greyed out.  As I said in my original post, I uninstalled and reinstalled Elements 14 and then reinstalled the Canon Print Studio Pro plugin, but that didn't help.  I checked and Canon's Print Studio Pro does not appear in the filter menu.  The plugins are in a folder called PSP under the Plugins folder and I added that folder as an additional Plugin folder in Preferences..

I appreciate your help.

Kevin

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Are you in Expert mode.

The Automation Tools menu is greyed out unless one is in Expert mode.

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Thank you so very, very much.  That was it.  I was in Quick mode.

Have a great weekend.

Thanks again,

Kevin

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I'm running Windows 10 64-bit. The automation tools menu is grayed out and I am in  Expert mode. help what have I done wrong?

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File>Automation Tools is always greyed out unless you have a third party plugin or script that uses that menu.

 

Examples of plugins that use that menu are Goggle Nik Collection and ON1 Effects 10.

 

 

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Thanks for the help. I have down loaded the software. All works now.

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Not for me 😞 I can't access it even if I have expert mode activated. why is it not working?? 

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As mentioned above, in addition to being in Expert mode one needs a plugin or script that uses the Automation Tools menu. It is normal for the Automation Tools to be greyed out.

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