Interacting with Dashboards

    You can open existing dashboards by selecting the dashboard thumbnail image in the initial view and clicking/tapping on the arrow in the top right corner. Alternatively, you can click/tap on the pencil icon in the upper right corner.

    A dashboard with its visualizations

    You can interact with dashboard visualizations in various ways. For instance, if the visualization is a grid chart, you can scroll horizontally and vertically. The chart view supports zooming and panning. Also drill down & drill up actions become possible if the underlying data model supports it.

    Maximized view

    Once the dashboard is opened, you can maximize any of the dashboard visualizations by hovering over them and click/tap on the arrow in the right top corner.

    The maximized view allows a larger display of the information.

    maximized visualization view

    In this mode, you can also switch the maximized view to other visualizations by selecting the small chart icon in the top right corner. Different visualizations are displayed based on the data that was used in the editor. Only chart types that work well with your data will be offered.

    If you want to save the changed visualization, you need to have edit permissions, be in dashboard Edit Mode and explicitly save the changes by selecting the check icon in the top right corner. You have edit permission for dashboards that are created by you or shared with you with Owner or Modify permissions.

    chart change in visualization view mode

    You can also look at the data behind your chart if you select the hash sign icon.

    flip to grid

    When viewing the data behind your visualization, you can apply sorting (ascending or descending). For more information on applying sorting to grids, check the Grid Chart topic.

    If, at any point, you want to revert back to the original visualization, you can select the Show Original link.

    show original option in the list of charts

    Regular Tooltips

    By clicking on particular visualizations (press and hold in touch environments), you can see tooltips popups. Tooltips help you see values at a particular point of your chart like:

    tooltips popups on visualizations

    To close regular tooltips just click or tap away.

    Hover Tooltips & Crosshairs

    You will find two options in the Interactions menu: Hover tooltips and Crosshairs. Only Hover tooltips is enabled by default. Both are only available in Dashboard View mode. They can't be used in Dashboard Edit mode.

    Accessing Slingshot's Dashboard Interactions option

    • With Hover Tooltips enabled, you can see tooltips popups when you hover over data (press and hold in touch environments).

      Slingshot displays tooltips when hovering over data

      By clicking the data (releasing drag tooltips in touch environments), you can access the Tools section with tooltip interactions like drill down, drill up or linked dashboards, if applicable.

    • With Crosshairs enabled, Slingshot shows crosshairs elements along with the tooltips. Giving more context to the tooltip.

      Slingshot displays crosshairs along with tooltips

    Crosshairs are currently supported for the following data visualizations: Scatter, Bubble, Area, Candlestick, Line, Spline, SplineArea, StepArea, StepLine, Candlestick and OHLC.

    Tooltips Totals

    When displaying tooltips, you can configure them to display total values by Category.

    Tooltips total values example

    To enable this feature, go to Settings -> Show Totals on Tooltip, like shown below:

    Show totals on tooltip option in the settings

    When enabling totals, make sure you added a Category to show multiple values in your visualization.

    View & Edit Modes

    When first opening a dashboard, you will be browsing it in View mode. This mode allows you to navigate and filter the information displayed in it but you won't be able to change the dashboard definition.

    In order to apply changes to a dashboard, you must switch to Dashboard Edit mode. You can do this by selecting Edit from the overflow menu in the top right corner of the dashboard. Alternatively, you can click/tap on the pencil icon. While editing, you can make different changes, such as applying Auto Layout and changing the dashboard Theme.

    Shown below is a dashboard in Dashboard Edit mode:

    dashboard opened in edit mode

    To exit Edit mode, you need to select the check icon in the top right-hand corner. This switches back to View Mode.

    Dashboard Filters

    It is possible to filter information at a dashboard or a visualization level.

    • Dashboard filters are available, when you open Dashboard Edit mode (select Edit from the overflow menu of your dashboard to access this mode). In the left top corner of the screen, you will see the current dashboard filters and an option to add new ones.

    • Visualization filters (a.k.a. Quick Filters) are displayed in maximized mode. You can find them in the top section of the visualization under the visualization's name.

    For more information on dashboard or visualization Filters, check out this section.

    Auto Layout for Visualizations

    Slingshot's Auto Layout dynamically sizes all visualizations in your dashboard based on the size constraints of your device and on the amount of visualizations it has.

    auto layout view and resizing of dashboards

    To start resizing visualizations while Auto Layout is enabled, just drag their corners downwards or to the side. This will automatically turn Auto Layout off.