Save clicks by setting a default map layer in Alteryx!

by Peter Gamble-Beresford

There are a number of ways to customise Alteryx to make it easier for you to work with, a great post by Amanda highlights some of these, another great tip I picked up early on, but discovered not everyone was aware of, is the following tip for mapping in Alteryx.

In order to view points or polygons on a map in Alteryx, the use of a browse tool is necessary. When first using Alteryx, clicking on the browse tool will bring up the points or polygons themselves in the view, but without a base map layer. To get this, one must click in the drop down menu just above the map within the browse tool, and select a base layer to use. Clearly, doing this every time is pretty annoying so wouldn’t it be great to have a way where the base map layer always shows?

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The good news is – there is a way! And it’s simple.

Follow these simple steps to always have the browse tool load a base map layer automatically.

1) From the menu bar – select Options > User Settings > Edit User Settings

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2) Navigate to the Dataset Defaults tab, then select one of the map base layer options from the drop down menu next to Reference Base Map

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That’s it! From now on your browse tools will automatically load with a base map layer when plotting points or polygons.

I hope this is useful! We’ve been using Alteryx for about 2 months now, and some of the other Data Schoolers were grateful for this tip, so I thought it’d make a great blog post for those who are still clicking away each time they plot points – often, the simple tips are the best! 😉

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