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Tool Mastery | Browse

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Browse.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 Browse Tool on our way to mastering the Alteryx Designer:

 

Note: Each Browse in a workflow will require temp space and physical memory to visualize your data and these requirements will increase with the size of your data set. If this becomes too taxing for your process, defer to in-tool browsing or disable Browse Tools without having to remove them from your workflow.

 

In v11.0+ the Browse Tool has added data profiling functionality that supplements the tool's uses. See it in action here!

 

Far more than just a window to your data, the Browse Tool has a catalog of features to best view, investigate, and copy/save data at any checkpoint you place it.  That introspection to your data anywhere in your blending gives valuable feedback that often speeds workflow development and makes it easier to learn tools by readily visualizing their transforms. Be equipped, and browse through the catalog of useful applications below!

Split Views
Use one of the Split View options in the Browse Tool. This will allow you to select the table view on one side, and the map view on the other, thus enabling you to identify which records are associated with particular spatial objects on the map:


# Records, # Fields, # Bytes
Use the Browse Tool to gain an insight on your data at a particular stage in the module. Next to the view selection buttons, you will see that the Browse Tool provides you with: # of records, # of fields, and size of the data in bytes:


New Window
Open your Browse in a New Window. This is great for use with comparisons of data, whether it be of a tabular or visual nature:


Cell Viewer
Use Cell Viewer to see what’s going on inside your data:


Field Selection Options
Select and deselect the fields that you wish to display, directly in the Browse Tool. This is helpful when working with data that contains a large number of fields, but you’d like only to view a few of the fields in your Browse:

 

View Metadata

Stop to see your fields, types, and sizes; just switch from "Data" to "Metadata" view:

metadata.png

 

See previews of reports/maps before formal output/visualisation

In the Browse Tool's configuration menu you can see a "Report" or "Map" tab if you are working with reporting or spatial objects, respectively. Sneak a peak at them before outputting to a formal report format:

report.png

 

By now, you should have expert-level proficiency with the Browse 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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Comments
Alteryx Partner

Hi @Alteryx_KB,

 

Thanks for the detailed introduction! I found it very useful.

 

Seems this article covers both the Browse-Configuration window and Results-Browse window. Is it possible for you to talk about the connections and difference between them, and how to best use the combination of both to serve a developer's purpose?

 

Again thanks so much for the wonderful introduction.