Format dashboards From the Format menu on the toolbar, there are a variety of themes and color palettes to choose from when designing your dashboard. Desktop dashboards provide you with more flexibility and ease when creating visualizations. For each visualization there are a variety of formatting options that directly impact analysis. Options such as Color By, Break By, and Size By help you fine tune your data. You can also quickly drag and drop data objects into the different Editor panel fields to watch your data visualization transform. Customize the look and feel of your visualizations by using the Preferences panel, and selecting custom color and label options. Of course, the available options are dependent on the visualization type. These options make for quick and easy dashboard design. Below you will find a brief explanation of the available visualizations.
Create a Dashboard with Data Visualizations Dashboards and Data Discovery 2 37 Desktop interface © 2017 MicroStrategy, Inc. Pre-created formats: themes A themes is a set of formatting you can apply with a single click. Applying a theme to the dashboard saves you the time of setting formatting options for individual visualizations and objects. Desktop defaults to the Light Theme. If you prefer a sleeker look, you can switch to the dark theme that will switch all the backgrounds to black instead of white. Below is an example of a dashboard with a Dark Theme. Notice how the background and text colors have changed: Custom color palettes Desktop comes with a two built-in color palettes, to be used when formatting a variety of aspects of a visualization. Define your own color palette(s) to reflect
Dashboards and Data Discovery Create a Dashboard with Data Visualizations 2 © 2017 MicroStrategy, Inc. Desktop interface 38 your company aesthetic or business needs. From the color palette menu chose an existing palette or create your own as seen in the image below: Dashboard formatting options You can set the font, size, and color of text, as well as the fill colors for the different visualizations. Options selected in this menu will be applied to all objects and visualizations in the dashboard. These settings are accessed from the Dashboard Formatting Properties window.
Create a Dashboard with Data Visualizations Dashboards and Data Discovery 2 39 Types of visualizations © 2017 MicroStrategy, Inc. Types of visualizations Visualizations are used to form a picture of business trends at a glance, explore relationships between data, and quickly identify areas of improvement. Desktop provides you with a variety of pre-designed visualizations that you can add to your dashboard. These can be found in the Visualization Gallery located on the right-side of the screen. Hover over the icon to see the data requirements for each visualization.
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