How to switch the test input record in automation scripting

Is there a quick way to switch which record is the test input for a script automation? Can’t seem to figure out how to change it, but makes it hard to build out a new automation on existing data if you don’t want to force modify old data! Currently, I’m trying to write an automation that is triggered when a form is submitted, but it’s testing on a row that wasn’t created by that form, which means nothing works quite like it should (nor should it!)

Update that I found a question/answer here: How to Select a Specific Record for Automation Testing
But I would really appreciate this being more controllable, to more easily test a variety of possible inputs.

The easiest method is to temporarily switch the trigger to a “when record meets conditions” field based off a checkbox field. Then, after you are happy with all of the actions, switch the trigger of the automation.

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This might be a newer feature, but you can now set the test record in the automation set up.

  • Select your automation and open it into the flowchart view (not the actual script editor)
  • Click the conditions step you have set up in the visual flowchart
  • In the right properties panel, scroll down to the section called “Test Step”
  • By default it’s set to “Use Suggested Record”, but you can change it by selecting “Choose Record”

I’m really glad Airtable added this feature. In my use case, it was so critical to catching some records whose content didn’t match my regex (95% of them worked correctly, but a few slipped through the cracks due to unicode characters submitted in my Airtable form).