Video Tutorial Overview
Looker provides video tutorials for both new and experienced users. These videos are kept up-to-date with each Looker release.
Some videos, as labeled below, also appear in our free eLearning Business User Training that gives you hands-on practice in Looker. Be sure to turn on your computer’s audio when using the course.
The following is a recommended sequence for new users. Click the name to open the video in a new tab. If you prefer to watch the video on this page, use the “On this Page” table of contents to navigate to that video.
First, the basics for getting started in Looker:
Getting to Looker (in eLearning)
Next, watch these videos to learn how to find and view existing content such as saved reports (Looks) and dashboards:
Navigating to Saved Content (in eLearning) Viewing Looks Viewing Dashboards Making Temporary Dashboard Changes
Once you have viewed some dashboards or saved reports (Looks), you might be interested in scheduling it to be sent to you or colleagues. The scheduling videos assume you watch them in this order:
Scheduling Looks Scheduling Dashboards Setting up Alerts
You can learn to ask your own questions about your data by watching the following videos next:
Asking Questions with Dimensions and Measures (in eLearning) Sorting and Column Totals Bucketing Users with Tiers Pivoting and Row Totals Merged Results - new in Looker 5.0 as an experimental labs feature
If you see interesting values in the results, you often can drill to see more details as shown in this video:
Drilling Into Your Data
To learn how to limit your results to only some of the data, the following videos discuss filtering for certain kinds of data or limiting the total number of rows or pivot columns: Filtering Overview (in eLearning) Advanced Matches Filters Custom Filters Limiting Data
Once you are familiar with asking your own questions in Looker, you might want to learn how to create your own dashboards:
Creating a Blank Dashboard and Adding Tiles Creating a Dashboard from an Explore Creating a Dashboard from a Look
To learn how to create formulas using your own business logic, the following videos cover table calculations:
Table Calculations Table Calculations and Visualizations
To learn how to use create multiple y-axes in visualizations, see this video:
Using Multiple Y-axes
For Looker developers and admins, these videos are also available:
Development Mode Admins & Development Mode Connecting to a Database Creating and Configuring a New Project Configuring Version Control Creating an Explore, View, and Fields
Getting Started with Looker
Getting to Looker (4.12+)
Find and Organize Content
This section currently just focuses on finding and viewing content, such as saved reports (Looks) and dashboards.
Find and View Content
Watch these videos to learn how to find and view existing content such as saved reports (Looks) and dashboards.
Navigating to Saved Content (4.22+)
Viewing Looks (4.18+)
Viewing Dashboards (5.4+)
Temporary Dashboard Changes (5.4+)
Send and Share Content
Once you have viewed some dashboards or saved reports (Looks), you might be interested in scheduling them to be sent to you or your colleagues. The scheduling videos assume you watch them in this order:
Scheduling Dashboards (4.8+)
Scheduling Looks (4.8+)
Setting Up Alerts (4.8+)
Retrieve and Chart Data
In Looker you can ask your own questions, retrieving the answers from your data, then chart the data using a variety of charts or other visualization types.
How to Retrieve Data
You can learn to ask your own questions about your data by watching the following videos. These videos are organized into several sections:
- Choosing and Sorting Fields
- Drilling into the Results for More Details
- Filtering and Limiting
- Table Calculations (making your own fields)
- Merging Results from Different Explores
Choosing and Sorting Fields
These videos discuss choosing fields, sorting, and adding totals. You also can pivot some fields to be columns in the results.
Asking Questions with Dimensions and Measures (4.8+)
Sorting and Column Totals (4.8+)
Bucketing Users with Tiers (5.8+)
Pivoting and Row Totals (4.8+)
Drilling into the Results for More Details
If you see interesting values in the results, you often can drill to see more details.
Drilling Into Your Data (4.8+)
Filtering and Limiting
You can ask to just show a certain number of rows in the results or just certain parts of the data, like a particular location or set of dates.
Filtering Overview (4.20+)
Advanced Matches Filters (4.20+)
Custom Filters (4.20+)
Limiting Data (4.20+)
Table calculations let you easily create on-the-fly metrics, which are similar to formulas found in spreadsheet tools like Excel.
Intro to Table Calculations (4.16+)
Table Calculations and Visualizations (4.16+)
Merging Results from Different Explores
If needed, Looker lets you combine data from different Explores to create data tables and visualizations.
Merged Results (5.0+)
How to Create Charts
Looker makes it easy to create graphics and charts based on the results of a query.
Multiple Y-Axes (4.20+)
Create Dashboards and Reports
You can create dashboards and saved reports (Looks).
Creating User-defined Dashboards
Looker lets you organize visualizations onto dashboards, combining tables and charts in useful and interesting layouts.
Creating a Blank Dashboard and Adding Tiles (5.6+)
Creating a Dashboard from an Explore (5.6+)
Creating a Dashboard from a Look (5.6+)