Results Window

Last modified: January 03, 2020

The Results window is located below the canvas in Alteryx. Before you run a workflow, the window displays the characteristics of the data that will go in to the selected tool. After you run the workflow, it displays the data from the selected tool, a data quality indicator, and messages, errors, and links to output files created from running the workflow.

View metadata

Before you run a workflow, the Results window displays metadata that contains the characteristics of data that passes in and out of a tool you've selected. Metadata includes: Record #NameTypeSizeSource, and Description. The Source column contains the tool or file the data came from and may also contain additional information about installed data.

After you run a workflow, the metadata that passes through a selected tool or anchor displays in the Results window.

To view metadata:

  1. Click a tool, or an anchor on a tool, in the workflow.
  2. In Results, click Metadata.
  3. Click an input anchor or output anchor to compare input and output results.

View data

After you run a workflow, you can view tool input and output data.

View data:

  1. Click a tool, or an anchor on a tool, in the workflow.
  2. In Results, click Data.
  3. Click an input anchor or output anchor to compare input and output results.

By default, the Results window displays the number of records shown in the window out of the total number of records in the data. For most tools, the Results window displays up to 1 MB of data, or up to 1,000 bytes of string data, for each tool anchor. If data exceeds 1 MB, the Results window displays a message stating that partial results are displayed.

To view all data from a tool in the Results window, add a Browse tool and run the workflow. See Browse Tool.

To view more than 1 MB of data in the Result window without adding a Browse tool, adjust Memory Limit per Anchor in User Settings. See User settings.

Results table

The Results table includes these:

Data quality bar

This colored bar displays at the top of each column and indicates the quality of the data.

  • Red (Not OK): The column contains values with leading or trailing white space.
  • Yellow (Null): The column contains no values.
  • Gray (Empty): The column contains strings with no values.
  • Green (OK): The column contains values without leading or trailing white spaces.
  • Diagonal lines (Partial results): The column contains more than 1 MB of data. The quality bar only reports the quality of the data currently displayed in the Results window.

In columns containing spatial objects, the data quality bar reports the presence or absence values. The data quality bar does not display in columns containing report snippets. Use a Browse tool to view spatial objects and report snippets. See Browse tool.


Click the drop-down arrow and select fields (columns) to display in the window.

Cell Viewer

Click the drop-down arrow to view metadata for each data field (column) or the content of a selected cell. Click the paragraph icon to show white space or hidden characters in the cell.

Cell Viewer details

  • Table schema (metadata) displays if no cell is selected.
  • Spatial information displays if a Spatial Object cell is selected.
  • PCXML code for a snippet displays if a Report Snippet cell is selected.
  • The record byte size displays if a row is selected.
  • A red triangle appears in the top right corner of a cell if the string data contains anomalies. Examples of anomalies include:
    • Strings with leading or trailing spaces.
    • Strings with embedded tags.
    • Strings with embedded new lines.
    • Numbers rounded to six decimal places for viewing.


Up and down arrows

After you select a field, use the arrows to navigate.

Number of results

Display the number of records you want to display in Results from the total number of records.

Data and metadata

Click Data and Metadata to view in Results.


Click the Copy icon, then select the data you want to copy.


Click the Save icon, then select an export format. (This option isn't available for partial results.

Input anchor

Click to view incoming data.

Output anchor

Click to view outgoing data.

In some cases, data do not display in Results.

Reason Resolution
In-Database tool Add Browse tool to workflow
Map or Report tool Add Browse tool to workflow
Selected Disable All Browse Tools Deselect Disable All Browse Tools in Workflow Configuration. See Browse Tool.
Limited hard drive space  

Workflow and tool messages

After you run a workflow, Results displays information about what happened during and after the workflow was run.

There are two message views:

  • Last Run: (Default) View messages from the last time you ran the workflow.
  • Configuration: View messages about changes to a tool's configuration.

To view messages after running a workflow:

  1. Click a tool in the workflow (to view tool messages), or click the canvas (to view workflow messages).
  2. Click Last Run or Configuration.
  3. Click a message type.

To view messages after viewing their data, click the messages icon.

Message types

Results displays several types of messages and links to files.

  • Errors: A tool was not configured correctly.
  • Conv Errors: Data could not be converted, or data cannot fit in a field. You can select the number of Conversion errors allowed per workflow. See Workflow configuration.
  • Warnings: Available computer memory is less than the preferred setting, or missing fields were detected. Warnings do not cause workflow failure, but should be reviewed.
  • Messages: Workflow was run, or data is flowing through a tool.
  • Files: Links to input, intermediate, or output files.
  • All: (Default) Displays all messages.

Message form

Messages are limited to 256 characters. Point to a message to view the entire message.

Each message displays the name of a tool and the tool ID. Each tool, including tools that have been removed, in a workflow is numbered. Tool ID indicates the tool number in the workflow.

To highlight a message, click the icon to the left of the message. Right-click a message to copy it to the clipboard or save all messages as a .txt file. Click a tool name, in a message, to select the tool in the workflow; this automatically moves the canvas so that the selected tool is visible.

Performance profiling

If you select Enable Performance Profiling (Workflow Configuration > Runtime) and you run a workflow, messages in the Results window display the percentage of time spent processing each tool. Using this feature may decrease workflow performance; only use it for debugging. See Workflow configuration.

Before you run the workflow, Performance Profiling shows the amount of time required to retrieve metadata from data sources and pass the metadata to other tools in the workflow.

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