Shortcuts in Alteryx Designer

Last modified: January 22, 2020

This page describes shortcuts in Alteryx Designer - broken into categories for keyboard, magnification, mouse, and mouse keys.



Keyboard: Select and align Tools

Action Shortcut
Select all items. Ctrl + A
Deselect all selected items. Ctrl + D
Align tools horizontally. Ctrl + Shift + -
Show the System menu. Alt + Space

Keyboard: Move and delete Tools

Action Shortcut
Delete selected tool. Delete

Keyboard: Scroll and Pan the Canvas

Action Shortcut
Scroll vertically in the canvas. Scroll Function
Pan the canvas. Space Bar + Left Click

Keyboard: Show and hide Tools and Windows

Action Shortcut
Show/Hide Tool Palette. Ctrl + Alt + T
Show/Hide Overview. Ctrl + Alt + V
Show/Hide Results Window. Ctrl + Alt + R
Show/Hide Configuration Window. Ctrl + Alt + C
Show/Hide the Interface Designer. Ctrl + Alt + D
Show the Find Tool window. Ctrl + F

Keyboard: Run, open, save, and switch Workflows

Action Shortcut
Run workflow; stop workflow from running. Ctrl + R
Open workflow. Ctrl + O
Close open workflow. Ctrl + F4
Save workflow. Ctrl + S
Save all open workflows. Ctrl + Shift + S
New workflow. Ctrl + N
Move between open workflows. Ctrl + Tab

Keyboard: Undo, redo, copy, and paste

Action Shortcut
Undo Ctrl + Z
Redo Ctrl + Y
Copy Ctrl + C
Cut Ctrl + X
Paste Ctrl + V

Keyboard: Other Shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Open help page for the selected tool. F1
Close Alteryx Designer. Alt + F4
Add a Browse tool after selected tool(s). If the selected tool has multiple outputs, a browse will be added for each. Ctrl + Shift + B


Action Shortcut
Zoom in or out. Ctrl + + or -
Zoom to or from cursor. Ctrl + Scroll Function
Zoom to entire workflow. Ctrl + 0
Zoom to entire workflow. Double-click mouse center button
Jump to selection. Ctrl + 0
Zoom to expand sizing. Ctrl + 1 through 5
Zoom to area. Right-click and drag to select with magnifying glass

Mouse: Pan and reopening of a Window

Action Shortcut

Pan the canvas using the mouse.

Hold the mouse center button.

Reopen the Configuration Window after closing it.

Double-click the canvas or any tool.

Mouse: Zoom in and out of the Workflow: Right-Click Context Menu

Action Shortcut: Right-Click Context Menu, then:
Zoom in. Select Zoom > Select Zoom In
Zoom normal. Select Zoom > Select Zoom Normal
Zoom out. Select Zoom > Select Zoom Out
Zoom to entire workflow. Select Zoom > Select All
Zoom to selection. Select Zoom > Select Selected Tools
Zoom to container. Select Zoom > Select Container Name
Mouse Keys

Mouse Keys: Move and Delete Tools



Move selected tool.

Arrow key

Move selected tool by one pixel.

Ctrl + Arrow key

Mouse Keys: Scroll and Pan the Canvas



Scroll vertically in the canvas.

Scroll Function

Scroll horizontally in the canvas.

Shift + Scroll Function

Move up, down, left or right of the canvas.

Arrow Keys

Skip up, down, left or right of the canvas.

Shift + Arrow Keys

Jump to top or bottom of the canvas.

Home or End

Jump to the left or right of the canvas.

Shift + Home or End


Examples and Ideas


Action Shortcut
Example: F1 to go to Help. Click on a specific tool in your workflow and press the F1 key to go to that tools' specific help page. Otherwise, click on the area around your workflow, the canvas and press the F1 key to go to the Designer help page.
Example: F5 to refresh your workflow.

To refresh your workflow, use the F5 key to refresh the tool configurations when your incoming data source has been updated externally, and the metadata has changed.

If the Disable Auto Configure option has been selected in the User Settings, press the F5 key to manually refresh the tool configurations. Close the Finished running window by using the Space bar.

Example: Activate menu and select the menu item. Alt + select underlined menu letter

Example: Open one or more files.

  1. Open a workflow file (*.yxmd, *.yxwz, *.yxmc) directly in a new tab on the workflow canvas.
  2. Open a data file as a configured Input Data Tool.
  3. Drag files from Files Explorer directly to the canvas.

Example: Copy and paste a tool's color value to another tool. 

If you have selected a tool's Background Color (such as R=73, G=248, B=113) and you would like to use this same color for another tool's background color, you can easily copy and paste this color value.

  1. Click inside the box containing the color values, and click Ctrl+C to copy the color values.
  2. Click inside another color box, and click Ctrl+V to paste the color values.
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