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Saving and Editing Looks

While exploring, you can save your work by saving a Look. This saves all of your choices for filters, visualizations, fields, sorting, and so forth. Once you’ve created a Look, you can save it for future use.

Both Looks and dashboards can be organized via spaces (e.g. “Marketing”, “Q4 Sales Review”) and later edited as needed.

Saving Looks From an Explore

To save a Look from an Explore:

  1. In the upper right, click the menu gear.
  2. Choose Save as a Look.
  3. In Title, enter a new title. If you will be saving over an existing Look, leave this blank.
  4. In Description, you can enter a description of the Look. If you will be saving over an existing Look, leave this blank.
  5. In Space, check whether the current space is the desired destination.
  6. If you want to save to a different space, navigate to the space where you want to save your Look. You can:
    • In Spaces, click any parent spaces to navigate there.
    • On the left side, click the name of a top-level space to navigate to it.
    • On the right side, click the name of a sub-space you would like to use or that you would navigate through to one of its sub-spaces.
    • If there are many subspaces, you can type the sub-space name into Search this Space to have the list filtered to just that sub-space.

      The Space field shows the name and location of the selected space and the right side displays the contents of the selected space. If you choose a space in which are not allowed to save the Look, an alert is shown in the pop-up box footer.
  7. If you want to save over an existing Look, scroll down or use the Search this Space field to find and click the desired Look.

    The Look’s title and description (if any) appear in the Title and Description fields.
  8. Save your Look.
    • To save and return to the Explore page, click Save.
    • To save and view your Look, click Save & View Look.

Navigating to Spaces to See Your Looks

You can navigate your company’s spaces by going to Looker’s Browse menu. The basics of navigating through these spaces is described in more detail on our Viewing Looks in Looker page.

Editing Looks

After creating a Look you can edit its underlying query, edit its name, and decide if it should automatically run when loaded. If you have the permission to do so, you can also give access to the Look via publicly-accessible URLs, described in more detail here.

Editing a Look’s Source Query

You can edit a saved Look’s fields, filters, visualizations, sorting, and so forth by following these steps:

  1. In the saved Look, click Edit.
  2. In the Edit window, make any changes you want to the Look’s fields, filters, visualization, and so forth.
  3. After you make the desired changes, click the Run button to update the Look.
  4. When the Look is finished running, the Save button will become enabled. Click Save to save your changes.

Renaming a Look

To rename an existing Look:

  1. Click the Browse menu and navigate to the space containing your Look.
  2. Click the gear to the right of your Look.
  3. Select Rename.
  4. Change the title as desired.
  5. Click OK.

Turning off Automatic Run on Load

You can prevent a Look from automatically loading its data when a user loads it. This can be useful if you want to give the user a chance to select their filters before the query runs. If you do choose to prevent the Look from running automatically, the user will see this when they initially load it:

To adjust the Run on Load option:

  1. Click the Browse menu and navigate to the space containing your Look.
  2. Click the gear to the right of your Look.
  3. Select Edit Settings.
  4. Click the Run on Load toggle.
  5. Click Save.

Editing a Look’s Description

A Look’s description appears below the Look’s name on the Spaces page to provide detailed information about the content provided by the Look.

If your Looker admin has enabled the Homepage with Thumbnails Labs feature, the description is also displayed on your home page when you hover over the Look’s icon.

You can add or edit a Look’s description directly from the Look itself:

  1. Open the Look and click the description’s Edit link.
  2. Edit the text for the description.
  3. Click Save.

Deleting a Look

You can delete a Look in one of two ways:

Click OK in the confirmation window to delete the Look.

If you accidentally delete a Look, a 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.


Looks let you save the results of your exploration to view later or add to dashboards.