A variable is a container that is used to temporarily store information to use when needed. Variables can contain all types of data, such as text, a reference to a file, or a list of object references. To set a variable in Automator, use the Set Value of Variable action to take a value from the previous action and store that value in a variable. Subsequent actions in the workflow can then use the variable. Some variables in Automator are constant values in the computer or your settings that can be used by actions, for example, Today’s date or My Name.