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Anchoring comment boxes to tools

Many users will probably follow best practice style guides with Alteryx to use comment boxes under tools to describe in detail what is happening with these tools - such as this one shared by @BenMoss.

 

However a limitation of this is the comment boxes do not move with the tools, so if you have a well documented workflow but then need to add a new tool, you need to adjust all the spacing and re-align the tools, which with a large workflow can be time consuming. 

 

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Therefore the improvement would be to have an ability to lock comment boxes to individual tools (similar to a group function in Office).

 

8 Comments
patrick_digan
16 - Nebula
16 - Nebula

@cgoodman3 I love this. Annotations are locked to the tool, but don't have all of the functionality of comment boxes. Locking comment boxes to a tool would be a best of both worlds situation. 

mbarone
15 - Aurora
15 - Aurora

Love this idea.  I often spend time shifting them around to accommodate.

CristonS
Alteryx Community Team
Alteryx Community Team

hi @cgoodman3, great observation on tool functionality, and nice work on that gif : )  When this submission meets the necessary criteria, we can push it to our Product team for review. Thanks!

MikeLR
8 - Asteroid

I love this idea and it would be such a time saver. I spend so much time moving comment boxes around at the moment.

Kenda
15 - Aurora
15 - Aurora

This would be so helpful!

DanielG
9 - Comet

I like this idea.  Aesthetic maintenance is a real struggle for me.  🙂

haraldharders
7 - Meteor

I use the comment field of the tool itself for this type of description. That moves with the tool...

CristonS
Alteryx Community Team
Alteryx Community Team
Status changed to: Not Planned

Thanks for posting to the Alteryx Community. Your idea is very interesting, but we have determined that at this time the idea is not something we are planning to do. If at some point we feel that this idea is something we are interested in creating we will change the status “Under Review.”