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Alteryx Designer Ideas

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Distribute Tools Horizontally/Vertically


It would be nice if we can arrange some tools on the canvas neatly by one click and having them distributed evenly (horizontally/vertically).


See this picture which worth thousand words.


Dsitribute Tools Horizontally/Vertically.jpg


Alignment options would be nice as well to clean things up.  


@mcarrico, there are keyboard shortcuts for alignment.


To align selected tools horizontally, press Ctrl+Shift+ -

To align selected tools veritcally, press Ctrl+Shift+ +


Oh wow, thanks for letting me know.  Never saw it in a ribbon or from the right click menu, but the keyboard shortcut is even better.  Thanks so much!

As khaiwong pointed out, there are hot keys for doing this, but I only recently learned about them.  It would be nice to add this to the "right click" context menu.

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Status changed to: Under Review

Somewhat Tangentially how about an Alteryx Beautifier!  One click beautfication of either selected items or the whole workflow.

* Avoids spaghetti beziers

* aligns to grid other tools along the path

* distributes evenly

* might scales the workflow with all inputs at the top (vertically) or left (horizontally) and cascade through the workflow

Alteryx Certified Partner

This is a great idea; a distribute horizontal tool would save me a lot of time. 

Alteryx Partner

Agreed with the distribute and context menu. 


We like to neaten workflows up to be able to print for documentation creation (along with lots of comments and annotations!)


this would be a good complement to the align horizontally / vertically that was shipped in 11!


SAS EG and Visio both have auto-arrange features that resemble the functionality described, namely not only aligning tools on the canvas, but distributing them, as well as pin/snap-in options.


Would be interested in hearing whether Alteryx has any plans to build this out.