Learn more about usability features.
Retool includes a number of features to enhance the usability of your apps. These options include additional context or personalization, text and data formatting, notifications, and query confirmations.
Refer to the Component Library for a complete reference of all components and the settings they support.
Most input components, such as Text Input, have settings that help you provide users with greater context.
- Placeholder: A placeholder appears within the input when it doesn't have a value.
- Label: A label appears next to the component. You can also include a caption to provide further context.
- Add-ons: You can enhance inputs with prefix and suffix text or icons, tooltips to display further context when the mouse hovers over the input, and helper text that appears when an input is in focus.
Available settings appear in the Inspect tab in the Content section.
Formatted data types
Certain components, such as Table, allow you to format the contents based on the data it contains—such as currencies or email addresses. For example, you can set a column of dates to use the Date format. This allows you to customize the date formatting or even adjust the date shown to match the user's local time zone.
Personalize apps for the current user
Retool apps have access to global variables, such as
current_user, which allow you to personalize the app. For example, you can include a welcome message that displays the user's name with
Formatted text with Markdown and HTML
You can use Markdown or HTML across a number of surfaces to include rich text or images. Retool renders Markdown and HTML where available. Refer to the Markdown and HTML reference for more information and to preview how this works.
You can set up notifications using event handlers that are triggered in response to any supported event. Add a new event handler using the Interaction settings in the Inspect tab, then select Show notification as the action.
Queries that write or delete data can display a confirmation message before they run. You can enable this in the Advanced tab of a selected query.
Updated 21 days ago