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Show a popup to user works by disabling a regular popup from Popup Maker until all the triggers of the associated recipe are complete. Once the triggers are complete, Uncanny Automator re-enables the popup.

This is an indirect way of implementing the action since instead of only loading the popup when the triggers are complete, the popup is loaded everywhere but is kept disabled until the recipe is complete. Once the recipe is over, the popup is disabled again until the recipe is run again to re-enable it.

So, it is extremely important to make sure that the popup doesn’t have any auto-hiding or cookie added, since that will interfere with the action. Popups can also not be displayed based on Javascript trigger completions, like a quiz results page in LearnDash. 

To begin, make sure you have Popup Maker installed. Then you’ll want to start by creating your popup.

Step 1 – Creating the Popup

  1. If you’re not familiar with Popup Maker, refer to very comprehensive Popup Maker documentation and create a popup.
  2. Once you’ve created your popup, click Add New Trigger and set the popup to auto open:
  3. It is extremely important to not add a cookie to auto-hide the popup otherwise the recipe won’t work as expected.
  4. Once the recipe is set up for the popup, it’ll disable the popup until the recipe is completed. So, make sure that this popup is not used for other purposes.

Step 2 – Creating the Automator recipe


  1. Create your new Automator recipe and give it a title.
  2. Add the desired triggers that will show the popup to the user.
  3. Create new Popup Maker action. Choose Display the Popup for a user.
  4. Click the Popup box in the action and choose the popup you created above.
  5. Save the Popup Maker action.  This will automatically add a new trigger to your popup.
  6. Switch your trigger(s) and action(s) to live, and the recipe as well.

Step 3 – Adding Automator trigger to Popup

Completing Step 2 will attempt to complete this step automatically. If that doesn’t happen, you can set up the Popup Maker’s trigger manually.

  1. Go back to the popup and click Add New Trigger. Select “Automator recipe is completed” trigger and click Add.
  2. On the next screen, select the Recipe from the autocomplete dropdown:

And that’s it! You now have a recipe that will show a popup to the user on completion.

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