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Change the sample data in your Zap trigger

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When you first set up your Zap trigger, Zapier will attempt to find some sample data from your trigger app to use in the Zap. For example, if your trigger brings in data from a new Google Sheets spreadsheet row, Zapier will pull in a sample row. The sample row can then be used as test data in an action step later in the Zap.

Sample data in action step

As you continue to set up the rest of your Zap, you may realize that you need different sample data from your trigger to complete the rest of your Zap, or to create a more relevant test record later on. To change the sample data:


1. Select a new sample

  • Click 1. When this happens to open the trigger step.
  • Click to expand the Find Data section.
  • Expand samples to view the data.
  • Select the sample you want to use.
  • If you don’t like any of the three available samples, click Get more samples.

In this example, Spreadsheet Row A is selected, but we can see the data in Spreadsheet Row B and it looks more useful for setting up our Zap.


2. Optional: Create a new record in your Trigger app

If you don’t like any of the available options Zapier is finding, you may need to submit some new data in your Trigger app. After you do that, click Get more samples and select the one you want.


3. Optional: Retest later Formatter steps

If you have a Zap with Formatter steps, you’ll need to go retest those steps before the new data can be available in the later action steps.

After finding the sample data you like, you can continue setting up your Zap. Remember, your Zap will run in the background after you turn it on; every time a new Trigger event happens, the Zap will run. Changing the sample data will only affect the setup process.


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