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. Refresh data Refresh.
    2. Share the report:
      1. Invite other people Share icon.
      2. Schedule email delivery Schedule report delivery icon.
      3. Get report link Link.
      4. Embed report Embed.
      5. Download report Download.
    3. View Visibility icon. Switch between edit and view mode.
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  4. Manage report pages.
  5. Selection mode | Undo | Redo.
  6. Add a chart to your report.
  7. Add interactive viewer controls.
  8. Add text, images, lines, and shapes.
  9. Add data to the report.
  10. Open the Theme and layout panel.
  11. Change the selected chart's visualization type.
  12. Select a chart to display the properties panel for that chart.
    1. To configure the chart's appearance, click STYLE.
  13. Configure the chart's data properties.
  14. Available fields. Drag and drop dimensions and metrics into the data properties panel.

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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