This article is about Google Analytics 4 properties. If you're using a Universal Analytics property, refer to the Universal Analytics section of this help center.

[GA4] Customize report navigation

Organize your reports into collections and topics in the report navigation
This article is for property administrators who want to customize the report navigation.

Anyone using a property accesses the reports by clicking Reports in the left navigation. By customizing collections and the topics in those collections, you can customize the reports that everyone sees.

Create a collection

You need the Editor role to create a collection. Each property can have up to 7 collections.

  1. In the left navigation, click Library (at the bottom of the left navigation). If you don't see Library, you don't have Edit permission.
  2. Click Create new collection [Create "+" button].
  3. Click Blank to start with an empty collection that has no topics and reports. (Or, click one of the predefined collection templates.)
  4. Enter a name in the Collection name field, e.g. "My Example Collection."
  5. Click + Create new topic and enter a topic name, e.g. "My Example Topic #1."
    A collection can have up to 5 topics.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Drag a Detail report from the card on the right, and drop it under your new topic.
  8. Drag an Overview report from the card on the right, and drop it under your new topic.
    Since the overview report functions as the topic dashboard, a topic can have only a single overview report.
  9. Create additional topics as desired, each with its own set of reports. You can change the order of topics and reports by dragging them to your desired location.
    Each topic can have up to 10 reports.
  10. Click Save.

Publish a collection

Once your collection is saved, you must Publish it to make it available to everyone with access to the Analytics property.

You need the Editor role to publish a collection.

  1. In the left navigation, click Library (at the bottom of the left navigation). If you don't see Library, you don't have Edit permission.
  2. Locate your collection card, e.g. "My new collection."
  3. Click More [].
  4. Click Publish.

Publish a collection from the More menu.

Collections are displayed in alphabetical order, based on collection name, in the report navigation. (You cannot change the order in which collections are displayed.)

Create a collection from a template

Analytics includes several collection templates to get you up and running quickly. Start with a template, then customize it to suit your needs.

Collection templates

  • Life cycle: Helps you understand your customer's full experience from acquisition to retention.
  • User: Helps you understand your customer's demographics and the technology they use.
  • App developer: Ideal for Android and iOS app developers; focuses on the in-app user experience.
  • Games: Ideal for game developers and marketers; displays dimensions and metrics relevant to app-based games.

You need the Editor role to create a collection.

  1. In the left navigation, click Library (at the bottom of the left navigation). If you don't see Library, you don't have Edit permission.
  2. Click Create new collection  [Create "+" button].
  3. Select a template under Start from a template. (e.g. Life cycle > Acquisition)
If you only see the Reports list in your Library, you only have View permission for the property. Request the Editor role from a property admin.

The template you select will be opened and automatically populated with relevant topics and reports. For example, the custom collection below includes the Acquisition, Engagement, and Monetization overviews, and User and Traffic acquisition reports (among others).

Customize collection from a template.

Customize the collection by dragging reports from the right card to your custom collection card on the left.

  • Click [Delete] next to a report name to delete it from the collection.
  • Click [Drag indicator] next to a report name and drag it to reorder.

When finished, enter a descriptive collection name and click Save.

Linked collections

Linked objects (e.g. linked collections) receive updates from Google. For example, when Google adds a report to the Life cycle collection, the report is automatically added to all linked Life cycle collections.

Collections that you create from templates (e.g. Life cycle, User) are linked by default and automatically receive updates.

Examples of Google changes that will automatically update linked collections:

  • added or removed reports
  • changes to topic names

Reports and topics that you (or another admin on the property) have added or removed will not be impacted.

Unlinking

If you don't want a collection to receive updates, you can unlink it.

Objects (e.g. collections) that you create from scratch are unlinked by default.
To unlink a collection, click Unlink [unlink] next to the name of the collection template. Unlinked objects cannot be linked in the future.

Unlink collection

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