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Creating Reports (Dashboards)

You can organize visualizations onto dashboards, combining tables and charts in useful and interesting layouts.

Overview

A dashboard is essentially a collection of visualizations of reports, displayed all on one page. You can add filters to make the dashboard interactive and rearrange its tiles. After you’ve configured a dashboard to your liking, you can share it with your team. You can create as many dashboards as you like and can tailor each dashboard to the specific needs of the users.

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From the perspective of creating dashboards, there are three general types of tiles:

  • Report tiles

  • Linked tiles

  • Text tiles

Report Tiles

You can explore to get the report for a report-based tile.

The report of the report tile belongs to the dashboard. Even if you use an existing widget to create a report tile, the widget is only used during the creation of the report tile. The tile is unaffected by any later changes. The report tile will still exist independently on the dashboard even if the widget is deleted.

When possible, use a report tile to avoid cluttering up your folders with unnecessary widgets.

Widgets

A widget is a good choice if you want to create, change, and test a report in one place but use it in multiple dashboards.

The widget and the dashboard must be in the same folder. If the widget is changed, the changes to the widget will show in your dashboard. If the widget is deleted, the dashboard will show an error for this tile.

Text Tiles

A text tile does not have a report. You can use text tiles to add headers and text to your dashboards. Often text tiles are used to make visual sections on a dashboard or add descriptions as needed.

You can specify one or more of these choices: a title, subtitle, or body text.

Creating Dashboards

There are several ways to start the creation of a dashboard:

  • Create a blank dashboard, then add tiles (report tiles, widgets, or text tiles).

  • Start from a widget, then add its report to a new dashboard as either a report tile or as a widget.

  • Start from a report on the Explore page, then add its report as a report tile on a new dashboard.

warning Think about the number and complexity of elements that you add to a dashboard. More elements require more browser resources, which increases dashboard rendering time. If rendering becomes an issue, consider creating multiple dashboards with fewer elements.