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Tool Mastery | Explorer Box

Alteryx Community Team
Alteryx Community Team

Explorer Box.pngThis article is part of the Tool Mastery Series, a compilation of Knowledge Base contributions to introduce diverse working examples for Designer Tools. Here we’ll delve into uses of the Explorer Box Tool on our way to mastering the Alteryx Designer:

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. The Documentation Tool Category is underrated. Good comments and shareability are always a plus and to help spread the good word, we’re excited to unearth the last gem of the bunch - the Explorer Box Tool. How good could it really be? Well, if the Designer was the 1975 Notre Dame football team, the Explorer Box would be a shoo-in for Rudy. Be it web pages, files, or file explorer windows, the Explorer Box will let you embed and interact with all the above right in your workflows:


Explorer Box: Underutilized, but effective. It takes the whole team to win.

  • Embed a webpage


  • Include a file browser – use it to open your files!


  • Feature workflow instructions, referential material, or just a downright good read by using its file path


All the examples above in the Designer together:


To attach files you want to include in Explorer Boxes to your workflow, try adding them as an asset to the Explorer Box Tool and exporting before sharing.

Note: Much like how you can CTRL+Scroll to zoom in the Designer, you can select an Explorer Box and zoom the contents for better viewability.

By now, you should have expert-level proficiency with the Explorer Box Tool! If you can think of a use case we left out, feel free to use the comments section below! Consider yourself a Tool Master already? Let us know at community@alteryx.com if you’d like your creative tool uses to be featured in the Tool Mastery Series.

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How can we have links inside the explorer box open in Chrome. Currently mine open in IE even though chrome is set as my default browser 😞

8 - Asteroid

Yes, what is the deal with the browser?  Can it be changed?