Use the Data Studio report editor

Learn the basics of editing reports.

This article explains the basic workings of Data Studio report editor, the tool you use to build your reports and dashboards. You must be signed into Data Studio to use the editor.

Access the report editor

You access the editor by creating a new report, or editing an existing report.

Find your way around the report editor

Report editor interface map

Report editor legend

  1. Logo. Click to return to the Reports Home page.
  2. Menu bar. Many menu functions can also be accessed by right-clicking a component.
  3. (From left to right:)
    1. Embed report. Get an embeddable link for this report Embed.
      1. You must enable embedding before this appears.
    2. Full screen. View the report in full screen mode Full screen.
    3. Manage data freshness Refresh.
    4. Copy report. Create a duplicate of this report Copy icon..
    5. View/Edit toggle. Switch between edit and view mode Visibility icon.
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    7. Google profile icon. Manage your Google account People.
  4. Page controls. Add pages to and remove pages from the report. Navigate to and rename pages.
  5. Selection mode | Undo | Redo.
  6. Add a chart to your report.
  7. Text , image, and shape tools. Add annotations, graphics, and geometric shapes to your report.
  8. Date range, filter control, and data controls. Add interactive controls that let users refine the report.
  9. Share this report with other people Add people.
  10. Charts visualize the dimensions and metrics from your data sources. Select a chart to display the properties panel for that chart. Learn more about the available charts.
  11. Properties panel. Configure the settings and properties for the currently selected component.
  12. Available fields panel. Drag and drop dimensions and metrics into the chart properties.

The properties panel

The power of the properties panel

The Properties panel appears on the right side of the report editor. This is where you configure settings for everything that appears in your reports.

There are essentially 3 types of properties panels:

  • The Layout and Theme properties panel appears as the default, when nothing is selected on the canvas.
  • The component properties panel appears when you select one or more components. When multiple components are selected, you can change a limited number of settings that are shared by those components.
  • Use the File > Report settings and Page > Current page settings menu to configure properties for the entire report or current page.

Work with multiple components at once

You can work with multiple components at the same time. Just select the components you want to work with (known as "multi selecting"), then perform an action to apply to all the selected items. For example, you can resize several charts at once, as shown below:

Other multi select actions include editing shared properties, grouping, aligning, copying, and deleting.

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