If your Looker admin has enabled the New Dashboard Experience Labs feature, you can use dashboards (beta), which have a fresh, modern look and feel; customizable, user-friendly filters; a new dashboard creation experience and editing flow; and improved performance.
If you see Upgrade to Dashboard (Beta) in your dashboard’s gear menu, click that option for the dashboard (beta) version of your dashboard.
After you have created a dashboard, you can edit the dashboard by clicking the Edit button at the upper right of the dashboard:
This page describes how to edit the dashboard title, settings, or individual tiles — and how to delete a dashboard. To learn how to create dashboard filters, see the Adding Filters to User-Defined Dashboards documentation page.
Editing the Dashboard Title
To change the title of a dashboard, click Edit to enter edit mode, then edit the dashboard title in the top left of the screen:
Click Done Editing to save your changes.
Arranging and Resizing Dashboard Tiles
You can move and resize tiles on a dashboard by clicking and dragging. Click on the three-line icon in the upper left of a tile to move it, or the bottom right corner of the tile to re-size it:
When the dashboard is in edit mode, you can make changes to a dashboard’s individual tiles. Click the Edit button at the top right of the dashboard to access the edit options for the tiles on the dashboard.
For information on adding new tiles, Looks, and text to your dashboard, see Creating User-Defined Dashboards.
You can access the edit options for each tile by using the tile’s edit icons and the tile’s option menu. Note that for smaller tiles, the edit icons are moved to the tile menu itself:
Hiding the Title of a Tile
For tiles with visualizations (tiles other than text tiles), you can hide the title of the tile. When the dashboard is in edit mode, click the Show/Hide Title icon:
When you hide the title of a tile, Looker enlarges the visualization to take up the free space:
You can display the title again by going into dashboard edit mode and clicking the Show/Hide Title icon:
Editing a Tile’s Query or Look
You can edit the underlying query or Look of a tile directly from a dashboard. First, make sure the dashboard is in edit mode and then click the Edit button in the tile toolbar:
Looker then displays an Explore window for that query or Look, letting you change and save it:
If you save changes to a Look, it will affect every dashboard where that Look is used.
Adding a Note to a Tile
To add a note to a tile, make sure the dashboard is in edit mode and then click the Add Note button in the tile toolbar:
Looker shows the following window, letting you enter the note text and select a couple of display options:
- Enter the text you want to show on the tile.
- Select whether to have the text appear at the top of the tile, the bottom of the tile, or as hover text that appears over a question mark icon that is added to the tile.
- Leaving this box unchecked causes the text to be centered in the tile, and to only show the beginning portion of the note with an icon to expand the full text. Checking this box will cause the entire note to appear, justified to the left side of the tile.
- Save your changes.
Editing Applied Filters
To set which filters are applied to a tile, make sure the dashboard is in edit mode and then click the Edit Applied Filters button in the tile toolbar:
From this interface, you can select which filters should be applied to the tile, and you can change the field that a filter is based upon for this tile:
You can create a query directly from the dashboard without saving it as a Look. This helps avoid the potential clutter of having many saved Looks that are only needed for a single dashboard.
If your dashboard has a tile that is based on a saved Look, you can convert it to a query-based tile.
When you convert a Look-linked tile, the Look itself is deleted unless one of the following is true:
- The Look is used in another dashboard.
- The Look is marked as a favorite.
- The Look is scheduled for delivery.
- The Look is public.
If any of these are true, the Look will not be deleted.
For query tiles, which are tiles based on queries that are created directly from the dashboard, you can easily duplicate a tile by clicking Duplicate Tile from the tile’s menu:
Looker creates a copy of the tile with the same query and visualization settings and adds the new tile to the bottom of the dashboard. From here, you can edit the tile to adjust the name of the tile, the visualization, or the underlying query.
Removing Tiles from the Dashboard
There are two ways to remove tiles from a dashboard while in edit mode. To remove a single tile, use the gear menu on that tile and select Remove. To remove one or more tiles, check the box on that tile while in edit mode and choose Delete Selected.
Removing a Single Tile from a Dashboard
To remove single a tile:
- For Look-linked tiles — tiles that are based on a saved Look — click on the tile’s gear icon and select Remove. Because this type of tile is actually a Look that is being linked into the dashboard, the Look will still exist once it’s removed from the dashboard.
- For query tiles and text tiles — tiles that are created directly from the dashboard and are not saved elsewhere — click on the tile’s gear icon and select Delete. Since these types of tiles aren’t based on a saved Look, you are deleting the tile completely when you delete it from the dashboard.
Removing One or More Tiles from a Dashboard
To remove one or more tiles from a dashboard, hover your mouse over a tile and click on its checkmark. When you select a tile’s checkmark, Looker displays a grey box around that tile. Select any additional tiles that you wish to delete. Once you have chosen the tiles you wish to delete, choose Delete Selected. Looker then displays a dialog box to confirm that you want to delete the selected content.
If you remove a Look-linked tile from a dashboard, the Look will still exist in any other places to which it is saved. Removing a query tile or text tile from a dashboard, however, permanently deletes that tile.
Editing Dashboard Settings
To edit the settings for a dashboard, make sure the dashboard is in edit mode and then click Settings in the upper left:
Several settings can be adjusted from this interface:
The Title that you assign in this interface will be displayed both at the top of the dashboard and in the folder that the dashboard is saved into.
If you add a description to a dashboard, the description appears below the dashboard’s name in a folder that is set to list view, or when you hover over the dashboard’s thumbnail in a folder set to grid view.
If your admin has set your homepage to the pre-built Looker homepage, the description is also displayed when you hover over the dashboard’s thumbnail on your homepage.
This option will only be available if you imported your dashboard from LookML.
Under the Layout drop-down menu, drag must be enabled in order to drag and drop tiles. A message will prompt this change if the dashboard has recently been imported from a LookML dashboard. Any dashboard created through the UI is already in drag layout.
Run On Load
If Run On Load is turned on, each element on the dashboard will automatically run when the page is first loaded.
If Run On Load is turned on and there are no dashboard filters in place, the Run button will not appear.
If Run On Load is turned off, each element will show up when the page loads, but will not display any information until the Run button is pressed.
If the dashboard filters are blank or invalid, or if the dashboard does not contain any tiles, the Run button will be grayed out.
Dashboard Auto Refresh
If the dashboard will be on display, it might make sense to refresh the data regularly to ensure up-to-date statistics. To do this, turn on Dashboard Auto Refresh, then select how frequently you would like the entire dashboard to be reloaded from the database.
The auto refresh intervals begin at the time of day that you turn on this feature. For example, if you set a daily refresh at 8:33 a.m., the next refresh will occur the next day at 8:33 a.m.
The dashboard will refresh on the interval you set as long as the dashboard is open in a browser tab. If the dashboard is closed during a normal refresh time it won’t refresh until the next time it is opened. Refreshes never use the Looker cache; they always pull their data from the database.
In addition, the Clear Cache & Refresh option is independent of the auto refresh interval, meaning that manually refreshing the dashboard does not restart the auto refresh timer. For example, if a dashboard’s auto fresh interval is one hour, you can use the Clear Cache & Refresh option 40 minutes after an auto refresh and the dashboard will still auto refresh 20 minutes later (an hour after it was last automatically refreshed).
Frequent dashboard updates, especially on large dashboards, can place a significant strain on some database systems. You may wish to discuss this consideration with one of your Looker admins. At minimum, avoid setting a refresh interval that is shorter than your database update interval, because there is no new data to refresh and it creates unnecessary queries.
Likewise, when multiple users access a dashboard with auto refresh, it may impede performance. If you would like to display your dashboard on a shared screen while multiple users simultaneously access it, you can create two identical dashboards and configure only the dashboard on the shared screen to refresh automatically.
This option will only be available if your admin has enabled the User Specific Time Zone setting.
Select the time zone in which your dashboard will be run. Users will be able to change the time zone setting when viewing the dashboard.
You can choose one of the following options:
- Each Tile’s Time Zone to have all tiles run in the time zone in which they were saved.
- Viewer Time Zone to have all tiles run in your user’s dashboard setting.
- Specific Time Zone: Select the specific time zone from list in the drop-down menu to have all the tiles run in that time zone.
If you only want some rather than all elements to auto refresh, turn on the Auto Refresh switch next to each element you want to auto refresh and define the element’s refresh time.
Converting Look-linked Tiles to Query Tiles
A dashboard tile can be created by linking to a saved Look (Look-linked), specifying text, or by specifying a query directly. In the folders, you can select one or more dashboards and convert all tiles based on saved Looks to query tiles.
If your dashboard has tiles that are based on saved Looks, you can convert them to query-based tiles. You can convert a single tile at a time, or you can convert all of a dashboard’s tiles at once.
Converting a Single Tile to a Query Tile
To convert a Look-linked tile to a query-based tile, make sure the dashboard is in edit mode. Then, from the tile’s gear menu, click the Convert Look to Tile option, and click OK in the confirmation pop-up:
The Look-linked tile is replaced by a new tile that uses the same query and visualization settings. If you change your mind, you can link the Look back in as a tile, as long as the Look is still saved in a folder. If you don’t want the Look, you might consider deleting the Look.
Converting All Tiles to Query Tiles
You can also use the dashboard menu to convert all the dashboard’s Look-linked tiles to query tiles in a single operation.
You can also convert multiple dashboards at once, as described on the Organizing and Managing Access to Content documentation page.
As part of this process, you can choose to move the source Looks to the trash after they are converted to query tiles. This helps avoid the potential clutter of having many saved Looks that were only needed for that dashboard. This option is only shown if your dashboard includes Looks that:
- Are not used in another dashboard.
- Have not been marked as a favorite.
- Have not been scheduled for delivery.
- Have not been made public.
You can see which Looks will be deleted before deciding, as shown in the procedure below.
To convert all of a dashboard’s Look-linked tiles to query tiles:
- Make sure the dashboard is in edit mode, then select Convert Looks to Tiles from the dashboard gear menu.
- In the Convert window, hover over the link to see the list of Looks that have been identified for deletion. The link is shown only if Looker has found Looks that can be deleted safely — that is, none of the Looks in the dashboards are scheduled for data delivery, used in other dashboards, favorited, or have been made public. If you don’t see the link, that means that Looker hasn’t identified any Looks that can be deleted safely.
- The option to move the source Looks to the trash after they are converted to query tiles appears only if Looker has identified Looks that can be deleted safely. If you want to prevent Looker from deleting the Looks, uncheck the box. If the box is unchecked, Looker will keep all of the Looks but you can later delete them manually if you want to clean up your folder.
- Click Convert to convert all the of dashboard’s Look-linked tiles to query tiles.
Looker then replaces each of the dashboard’s Look-linked tiles with a new query tile that uses the same query and visualization settings as the original Look.
If you chose the option to move the source Looks to the trash after they are converted to query tiles, the converted Looks listed in the window will no longer be seen in the Browse folders. If you realize you need a deleted Look, your Looker admin might be able to recover it for you, as long as your Looker admin team has not already emptied Looker’s trash as part of their maintenance process.
Deleting a Dashboard
You can delete a dashboard in one of two ways:
- You can delete multiple dashboards at a time from folders, as described on the Organizing and Managing Access to Content documentation page.
- You can delete a single dashboard directly from the dashboard’s gear menu at the upper right of the screen:
The confirmation window may show an option to move the source Looks to the trash after they are converted to query tiles:
When checked, this option will delete any Looks associated with the dashboard you’re deleting. However, Looker will only do so if the Looks are not scheduled for data delivery, not used in other dashboards, not favorited, and have not been made public. You can hover over the link at the bottom of the confirmation window to see the list of Looks that have been identified for deletion.
If you don’t see an option to move the source Looks to the trash after they are converted to query tiles, it’s because Looker hasn’t identified any Looks that can be deleted safely.
Click OK in the confirmation window to delete the dashboard.
If you accidentally delete a dashboard, your Looker admin might be able to recover it for you. Looker stores deleted content in the trash until your Looker admin team empties the trash as part of their maintenance process.
Now that you know how to edit dashboards, go to the next tutorial to learn how to add filters to your dashboards that users can use to select the data that they are interested in.