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This article is part of the Client Services Macro Development Series. The goal of this series is to communicate tips, tricks, and the thought process that goes into developing good, dynamic macros.
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"I have a bajillion files that I need to bring into my workflow... wayyyyyy too many for me to use individual Input Data tools! What's the best way to do this?"                    - every Alteryx user ever
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Error “The Designer x64 reported: InboundNamedPipe GetOverlappedResult: The pipe has been ended” when both Use AMP Engine and Enable Performance Profiling is enabled in the Workflow Configuration Runtime tab
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Data Cleansing tool metadata is not completely retained, following a macro, when the workflow is saved and re-opened.
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When publishing a workflow to Gallery or Scheduler (Designer + Desktop Automation) or when packaging a workflow for export, checking the boxes for what to include and what to exclude seems to work inconsistently as of Designer 2020.2. The workaround will tide you over until you can upgrade to 2021.2.
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Error "Timestamp is not close enough to the current server time" when running a workflow that contains an Oauth Macro in Alteryx Designer.
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Designer crashes when a forward slash (/) is used in the Output Name field of the Macro Output tool.
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Custom tool not showing in tool pallette after installation.
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Rather than copying and pasting this process from workflow to workflow, I decided to create a macro (and this macro doesn’t require any configuration!) and make it available to a wider audience with the hope that it will save time and energy by eliminating the need to recreate the process of translating a date week number, quarter, etc.
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This article is part of the CS Macro Development Series. The goal of this series is to communicate tips, tricks, and the thought process that goes into developing good, dynamic macros.
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Suppose you have a datetime stamp in a dataset for the timezone where you are. This dataset includes data for locations in timezones other than the one you're in and you want to convert your datetime stamp to reflect the local time zones of the locations in your data.
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Sometimes large amounts of data can 'overwhelm' a tool or process in your workflow and make it appear like it is stuck or frozen.  This was the case recently when a user attempted to pass 7 million rows of data to a CASS tool.  Splitting these records into smaller chunks makes the process run much quicker. 
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How To: Read XLS files – with several tabs that contain diacritics Information
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This article will walk you through how to install a macro, so that it can be accessed from the tool palette in the Designer.
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Troubleshooting the error: XmlParse Error (2): the element Configuration is not properly closed.
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This article is part of the CS Macro Development Series. The goal of this series is to communicate tips, tricks, and the thought process that goes into developing good, dynamic macros.
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You're working on your gazillionth Formula tool and "Jeff" from Quality Assurance sends you an email that the margin of error for your process has been restandardized. It's not 0.122 anymore but 0.121. Then the horrible reality sets in - you're going to have to go back through all of your formulas and update that one.. stupid.. little.. number.
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This article is part of the CS Macro Development Series. The goal of this series is to communicate tips, tricks, and the thought process that goes into developing good, dynamic macros.
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