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Macro wont open. "Question tool load error, tool id missing associated question data"


Had a spot of bother.... tried to run a workflow with a macro in it but got the above error.


alteryx errors message.PNG

I have tried to open macro directly through file explorer and alteryx open dialogue to no avail. Just flashes error dialogue and then fails to open on clear.


Have tried dragging it on to a an empty new workflow tab, and it seems to open a tab, but wont display any of the tools or settings. Worse still as i try to close the other blank new workflow tab, it just iterates up a number with each new workflow2, new workflow 3 etc etc


Seems very wrong to me.


There have been no changes since last successful run, but it seems corrupted somehow. I have upgraded the version since. Coudl that be the issue.


Any help much appreciated.


many thanks






Hey @Dubya,


Can you open the macro by right-clicking on it in your workflow and going to 'Open Macro...' rather than through file explorer? 




sorry @mmenth shouldve said, that was my first step, and it triggered the same error.


Hi If not already figured out - Just Open the yxmc file and look for your node number and delete the whole node section. I had same error with node 97 and deleted below section and saved - I recovered the file.


Hope this helps!


<Node ToolID="97">
<GuiSettings Plugin="AlteryxBasePluginsGui.MacroInput.MacroInput">
<Position x="306.0001" y="485.0003" />
<UseFileInput value="False" />
<Abbrev />
<ShowFieldMap value="False" />
<Optional value="True" />
<NumRows value="1" />
<Field name="Mystuff" />
<Annotation DisplayMode="0">
<Name />
<DefaultAnnotationText />
<Left value="True" />
<MetaInfo connection="Output">
<Field name="Mystuff" size="57" source="TextInput:" type="String" />
<EngineSettings EngineDll="AlteryxBasePluginsEngine.dll" EngineDllEntryPoint="AlteryxMacroInput" />