Formatting a dashboard

Once you have created a dashboard, you can select options to format its display, such as the dashboard’s color theme and the fonts and colors of the dashboard’s objects. For descriptions of the formatting options, see the following:

Selecting the display theme for a dashboard

Choose from the Light or Dark display themes to quickly change the overall look and feel of your dashboard.

Creating color palettes to customize display themes

A color palette applies to the objects, such as a graph’s bar risers or heat map’s rectangles, displayed in all the visualizations in the dashboard. Each display theme contains built-in color palettes, but can also contain other color palettes for more variety and customization options.

Defining default fonts and colors for the objects in the dashboard

You can select the font used to display all text in the dashboard, the font used for the titles of all filters and visualizations, and the background color and border used for all containers. Containers display the visualizations, filters, text, images, and HTML containers on a dashboard.

Selecting the display theme for a dashboard

The Light and Dark display themes quickly change the overall look and feel of your dashboards.

Each display theme contains built-in color palettes. A color palette applies to the objects, such as a graph’s bar risers or heat map’s rectangles, displayed in all the visualizations in the dashboard. You can create additional color palettes to customize the colors of your visualizations. For steps, see Creating color palettes to customize display themes.

To select the display theme for a dashboard

1 Click the name of the dashboard to run it.
2 From the Format menu, select one of the following:
To display the dashboard using a light-colored display theme, select Light Theme.

Dashboard with white and light gray background

To display the dashboard using a dark-colored display theme, select Dark Theme.

Dashboard with black background

Defining default fonts and colors for the objects in the dashboard

You can select the font used to display all text in the dashboard, the font used for the titles of all filters and visualizations, and the background color and border used for all containers. Containers display the visualizations, filters, text, images, and HTML containers on a dashboard.

Formatting options for individual objects in the dashboard, such as individual visualizations, images, filters, and so on, override formatting applied at the dashboard level. Use formatting at the dashboard level to provide the default display options, and then customize each object as needed. For example, to provide a unified appearance, you can display all objects with a grey background and black border, using these dashboard level formatting options. However, for the visualization that you want to stand out, select a white background and red border.

As you make changes, the new formats are displayed in the preview pane on the right.

To define default fonts and colors for the objects in the dashboard

1 Click the name of the dashboard to run it.
2 From the Format menu, select Dashboard Formatting Properties. The Dashboard Formatting Properties dialog box opens.
3 Select the appropriate options to format the dashboard's appearance. For detailed information about the options available, see Dashboard Formatting Properties dialog box.

Related topics

Creating color palettes to customize display themes
Creating a dashboard
Formatting visualizations