Use results from a previous action
In Automator, an action may require information from a previous action in the workflow to perform its task. The input required by the action and the output the action passes on are listed in the action’s description.
Find out what input is required by the action
In the Library, click the action.
A description of the selected action appears in the bottom-left corner of the Automator window. The type of input required is listed in the description.
Choose whether to use input from the previous action
In the action, click Options, then click “Ignore this action’s input.”