Basic actions

If you’re new to Shortcuts, these actions are the least complex and should be self-explanatory based on the title or description.

Some of these are deceivingly staightforward too – as just one piece of the puzzle, the utility may not be clear, but Related Actions can help show how to use each in context.

These actions aren’t “just for beginners” either – some simple actions are the most-used.

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Text
Passes the specified text to the next action.
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Log Workout
Adds a workout into the Health app without requiring an Apple Watch. You can log all kinds of activities, from running and cycling to playing a sport.
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Get Upcoming Events
Gets upcoming calendar events, ordered from nearest to farthest away in time. Choose a calendar, number of events, and the day to retrieve from.
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Set Background Sounds
Change the background sound that will play when background sounds is turned on off. Background sounds mask unwanted environmental noise. Background sounds can also be enabled under Accessibility in Settings.
Stop running shortcut
Stops execution of the current shortcut and dismisses the shortcut on screen. No more actions will be run after this action.
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Dictate Text
Transcribes what you say aloud into text and passes the result to the next action.