The Power of the Results Window

Have you taken a closer look at the new dockable Results Window in 10?

The results window does so much more than let you check the messages of past tool, model and script execution.  It stores past geoprocessing history including current, canceled and queued tools; a spot to re-run tools; copy code snippets as well as a place to check results. The window is especially useful for monitoring tool execution for background processing.

The window is broken into three sections; Current Session, Previous Sessions, and Not Run.

Current Session

Lists all geoprocessing results for the Current Session.

Previous Session

Tools that were executed previously have results saved here. The length of time these results remain saved depends on the Results Management setting from the Geoprocessing Options.

Not Run

This node represents tools which were started but then stopped (eg. ArcCatalog was closed while a background job was processing).

So what do the icons mean?

Tool Context Menu (Right Click)

By Right clicking each tool (whether it be queued, running or finished), you’ll be presented with a list of options.

Even More

The last bit of functionality is the ability to drag and drop from the results window. You can drag input and outputs directly from the results window into the Map display, Table of Contents, ModelBuilder, and even the Python window. Coupling the Python and Results window together within your workflow will increase functionality by reducing typing and navigating the Catalog Tree.

About the author

Ash Pengelly

Customer Experience (CX) Program Manager focused on improving customer experiences at key touch points across the customer life cycle. I work with various internal teams to analyze the current state, identify customer pain points and work with teams on the implementation of needed improvements and enhancements.


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