Navigating Dashboard Designer¶
A number of Dashboard Designer features are accessible directly from the top two rows of the user interface (UI). The major features -- queries and visualization are described below, as well as the icons that lead to other features.
Adding a Data source¶
You have to add a data source before you can build a query or create a visualization for a dashbaord. This image shows the two clicks that take you to the query editor with your selected data source (in this example, IoT time series) ready for you to use in a query.
Here's a larger version of the query editor:
For more information on using the query editor, see the Creating Dashboards topic.
When you finish configuring your query, you can customize your visualization.
Here's an example of the visualization panel fields (shown collapsed):
For more information on using the visualization panel, see the Creating Dashboards topic.
Icons and Features¶
When you open Dashboard Designer, icons along the top of the user interface (UI) connect to various features. This table describes the icons and features in the order they appear on the landing page, left to right.
|Feature or Icon
|What's new & next
|Displays news and information about Dashboard Designer development
|Signifies favorite items that you can click to navigate to
|Click to open the folders and files where your dashboards are stored
|Explore data and try out various queries and graph settings with the option of creating a dashboard from your exploration
|Displays settings for the open dashboard
|Displays general information for the open dashboard
|Displays annotations for the open dashboard
|Displays variables for the open dashboard
|Click to view keyboard shortcuts
|Displays links for the open dashboard
|Displays version information for the open dashboard
|Displays permission settings for the open dashboard
|Click to update the data or to select the rate at which to refresh dashboard data
|Closes and opens the secondary menu row
|Displays the time range of the open dashboard
|Landing page icon
|Click any time, anywhere to return to the landing page
|Enter search terms and click to jump to a feature
|Click to jump to recently accessed actions, dashboards, pages, preferences
|Click to create a new dashboard or import one
|Question mark icon
|Links to documentation, support, community, open source resources, and keyboard shortcuts
|opens your user profile and notification history
Dashboard Designer does not support the Connections feature.
Here is an image of the Dashboard Designer landing page, with pointers for locating various features. The section below describes the features you can access from the landing page.
Exploring Data without Creating a Dashboard¶
From the Home menu, select 'Explore'. A query panel opens in which you can select your data source, apply configuration options, and run the query. As you adjust panel serrings, the graph reflects your changes. You can also switch between lines, bars, points, etc. on the graph. When you like what you see, click the 'Add to dashboard' button to turn your exploration into a dashboard panel.
To explore data, you must first add the data source. See the Creating Dashboards topic for details.
Your user profile opens when you click the icon indicated in the landing page image, although your icon will differ from the example.
Keyboard Shortcuts: Dashboard Designer has many built-in keyboard shortcuts for general purposes, time range, and panels. You can view them by clicking the ? icon on the primary menu bar.