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Release notes for 2021.
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March 4, 2021

Product updates

It's now easier to connect to your BigQuery projects. The new Recent projects tab shows you up to 50 projects you've accessed recently in the GCP Cloud Console.

BigQuery Recent Projects tab.

February 25, 2021

Product updates

New page navigation styles

You now have more control over the look and positioning of the page navigation in your reports. Choose between 4 styles:

Left

Pages appear in a collapsible drawer in the left margin of your report.

Navigation type "left."

Tab

Pages appear as tabbed links at the top of the report.

Navigation type "tab."

Dropdown

Pages appear in a drop-down menu above the report.

Navigation type "drop down."

Hidden

No page navigation is displayed.

 

Chart data label compact numbers and decimal precision

You can now use compact numbers and set decimal precision for data labels in time series, bar, line/combo, and area charts. Note that these settings apply to the data labels in your charts. Tooltips ("hover cards") show the full metric value.

Time series with compact numbers.

Learn more in the chart references.

February 18, 2021

Product updates

Data Studio is now available in Sudan

Users in Sudan can now tell beautiful data stories with Data Studio. Welcome!

February 11, 2021

Product updates

Improved data source collaboration

Data source editors can now edit the connection, refresh fields, and update credentials of data sources. (Prior to this, only the data source owner or credential owner could do these things).

This makes collaborating on reports and managing your data sources even easier. In particular, collaborating on reports with embedded data sources is more convenient, as your fellow report editors now have greater control over those data sources.

Learn more.

Documentation updates

Restructured data source and data modeling topics

We've reorganized the Help Center topics covering connecting to your data, creating data sources, and modeling your data a bit. Create and edit data sources now has 2 child topics:

February 4, 2021

Product updates

Improved handling of unrecognized date formats

If you connect to data that contains ambiguous dates or times, you may now see a message saying "Data Studio can't convert [field] to a date" and some tips on how to resolve the issue.

Learn more.

January 28, 2021

Product updates

Traffic source fields from Google Analytics 4

You can now visualize Google Analytics 4 traffic source fields:

  • Session Google Ads ad group ID
  • Session default channel grouping
  • Session medium
  • Session campaign
  • Session source
  • User Google Ads ad group ID
  • User Google Ads ad group name
  • User Google Ads ad network type
  • User medium
  • User campaign
  • User source

To see these fields in your existing GA4 data sources, refresh the fields.

Restoring data source versions now requires proper credentials

To view or restore version history for a data source, you must now either own the credentials for that data source, or the data source must use Viewer's Credentials. This helps prevent possible unauthorized access to the data.

January 7, 2021

Product updates

News searches in Search Console

You can now see news search results data in your reports using the Search Console connector. Learn more.

Create Boolean calculated fields without CASE

You can now use a Boolean expression as a calculated field formula. For example, Revenue > Forecast, which returns true or false. You can then use these fields within other calculated fields. (Previously, you had to use CASE statements to achieve the same result.)

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