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Tile Tool

Use Tile to assign a value (tile) based on ranges in the data. The tool does this based on the user specifying 1 of 3 methods.

2 columns are appended to the data:

  • Tile_Num is the assigned tile of the row.

  • Tile_SequenceNum is the row number of the row's position within the Tile.


This tool has a One Tool Example. Visit Access Sample Workflows to learn how to access this and many other examples directly in Designer Cloud.

Tool Components

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Figure: Tile Tool with anchors.

The Tile tool has 2 anchors.

  • Input anchor: Use the input anchor to select the data you want assign values based on data ranges.

  • Output anchor: Outputs the new tile columns appended to your data.

Configure the Tool

Tile Method: Select the range pattern used to assign tile value.

Equal Records

Input rows are divided into the specified amount of tiles so that each tile is assigned the same amount of rows.

Divide Records Equally

  1. Select the Number of Tiles to assign to the data.

  2. Sort By: The data from the column you select will be sorted (in descending order for numbers and ascending order for all other column types) on the specified column before it is assigned to a tile.

The number of rows in the input might not be equally divisible by the number of tiles you specify. This is based solely on the row's position in the input file unless the Sort column is specified.

Unique Value

For each unique value in a specified column or columns, a unique tile is assigned. If multiple columns are specified, a tile is assigned based on that combination of values.

Create Tiles for Unique Values

  • Create Unique Tiles From: Check the box of the column or columns to tile by.


The user can specify the cutoffs for the tiles by typing a value on a new line for each range.

Set Up Rules Manually

  1. Numeric Column to Group (Must be Numeric): Select the column to tile by.

  2. Enter Upper Limits for Each Tile: Enter each tile's upper limit on a new line in the box provided.

Tiles are applied in Manual mode but the rows are not sorted. You must add a Sort Tool and specify the columns to sort by, if that is how you want the data displayed.

Columns to Group By (Optional)

Tile rows based on a group column. When you select a group, a series of tiles is created for every row within the specified group.