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This 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 Tool Container Tool on our way to mastering the Alteryx Designer:
One of the most underrated tool groups, the Documentation Category is full of gems that can help you improve the aesthetic, organization, and shareability of your workflows. Chief among them is the Tool Container Tool – in addition to better aesthetic this tool has the ability to disable all the tools within it, lending itself to a handful of functional applications as well:
Cache workflows checkpoints
We have the ability to cache datasets in the Input Data Tool, but the need often arises to cache data mid-workflow. This could be for the sake of troubleshooting a particular workflow stream, to avoid reprocessing static data stores with a rerun of any workflow, or to just give us a place to stop and smell the roses. With a combination of the Tool Container and the Cache Dataset Macro (V2), you’ll be able to do all the above.
Organization and commenting for better workflow sharing: much like the Comment Tool (master it here), you can add annotation text, change the shape, color, and alignment of the containers, and include images.
By now, you should have expert-level proficiency with the Tool Container 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like your creative tool uses to be featured in the Tool Mastery Series.
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