Release notes (2023)

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October 2, 2023

Product updates

Open Looker Studio from BigQuery

BigQuery native integration in Looker Studio enables new monitoring features for Looker Studio queries, improves query performance, and supports many BigQuery features. This feature is in preview.

Upgrade to Looker Studio Pro

You can subscribe to Looker Studio Pro directly by using our self-service upgrade tool.

Looker Studio Pro gives you all the features of Looker Studio that you already know, plus enhanced enterprise capabilities and access to technical support from Google Cloud Customer Care.

Learn more about Looker Studio Pro.

September 7, 2023

Product updates

Pro feature: View a chart's underlying data

Viewing a chart's underlying data can help you make the best decisions about what data to include in that chart, and can also help you troubleshoot problems with your reports.

Learn more about viewing a chart's underlying data.

Move and delete assets in bulk

You can select multiple Looker Studio assets at once to move or delete. For example, you can move more than one report from Owned by me to a team workspace, or delete multiple items from the Trash simultaneously.

Learn more about adding and removing team workspace assets.

August 3, 2023

Product updates

New chart type: Boxplot chart

The new Boxplot chart lets you visualize the distribution and spread of values in your dataset.

New chart type: Candlestick chart

The new Candlestick chart lets you visualize ranges in your data, including opening and closing values, and the highs and lows of each range.

New chart type: Waterfall chart

The new Waterfall chart lets you visualize how a sequence of positive and negative values adds up to a total.

Improved thumbnail images

Thumbnails display a fixed size image of 320 px X 240 px, and if possible, present a view of the entire report page. Previously, thumbnails only showed a portion of the page.

Learn more about thumbnail images.

July 27, 2023

Product updates

Line improvements

New line improvements let you customize the look and functionality of lines in Looker Studio charts. Improvements include:

  • Reference bands that let you compare data against a range of values on your charts
  • Vertical reference line support for Area and Time series charts
  • Line style options that let you customize the appearance of lines in your charts
  • Moving average trend line that lets you visualize a moving average calculation of the data on your charts

Improved single select option for list controls

The Single select option in drop-down and fixed-size list controls requires you to choose only one option from the list. Previously, you could de-select all options in the control, which returned all values. Now, you can select one and only one value when this option is enabled.

Learn more about list controls.

Documentation updates

New Looker Studio Pro article: Best practices and tips for using team workspaces

The Best practices and tips for using team workspaces article describes best practices, tips, and use cases for working with team workspaces. This article provides guidance for creating and using team workspaces efficiently and confidently and sharing content only as necessary, as well as examples of common naming conventions and scenarios.

July 20, 2023

Product updates

Pro feature: Add a quick filter

Quick filters provide a flexible, ad hoc way to explore your data. Use quick filters to easily change how the data in the report is filtered without changing the report configuration for other users.

Learn more about quick filters.

Pro feature: Get a personal report link

A personal report link creates a copy of your report that is only accessible to the person who opens the link. Changes made to either the original or the private report will not affect the other report.

Learn more about personal report links.

Intervals for time series charts

You can add intervals to time series charts to show how much uncertainty there is in your data. Intervals can be represented as shaded bands (area intervals), boxes, lines, or other shapes, depending on the interval type you specify.

To add an interval to a time series chart, select the Add an interval option in the STYLE section of the properties panel.

Learn more about intervals.

Changes to Google Ads creative assets reporting

The Google Ads connector for Looker Studio is aligned with the public Google Ads API for creative assets reporting.

To return accurate results when using Clicks and/or Impressions metrics in combination with creative asset dimensions, be sure to also include Ad Type and Asset ID dimensions in your chart. Otherwise, the chart may show inaccurate results.

Charts that aren't correctly configured will display a message that warns you about the invalid combination of dimensions and metrics.

Documentation updates

New Explore topic in the Help Center

You can find content that is related to exploring, analyzing, and filtering your data in the new Explore topic. New and existing content on filters, controls, and chart interactions lives in this topic.

July 13, 2023

Product updates

Pro feature: Scheduled delivery using Chat

Looker Studio Pro users can schedule reports to be delivered using Google Chat. You can send reports to individual recipients or to entire Chat spaces.

Pro feature: Filter by email address for scheduled reports

Looker Studio Pro users can add row-level security to the data in a report scheduled to be delivered through email.

Learn more about Chat delivery and filter by email address.

See report and data source location on the home page

The Location field on the Looker Studio home page shows where your Looker Studio assets live. For free Looker Studio users, you can see if a report or data source is owned by you or has been shared with you. For Looker Studio Pro users, you'll see whether the asset lives in your My Workspace, lives in a Team Workspace, or has been shared with you directly.

Three reports are shown on the Looker Studio Pro home page with the Location column called out.

June 29, 2023

Product updates

Improvements to bar and combo charts

You can configure the following options for bar charts and combo charts with bars from the Style tab of the properties panel:

  • For stacked bar charts, 100% stacked bar charts, and combo charts with stacked bars, you can choose between the default Metric value label type and the Stacked label type. For stacked bar charts, you can also choose the Total label type.
  • You can use the Bar label position setting to specify the position of the bar label relative to the bars or columns in the chart.
  • In the Chart spacing section, you can define custom spacing between bars and groups of multiple bars.
  • You can select the Bar border color icon to choose a custom color for bar or column borders.

Learn more about bar charts and combo charts.

Audit logging for team workspaces

You can now view Team Workspace log events in the Admin Console (Security Investigation Tool). To see these events, filter the log by choosing Team Workspace as the asset type.

Learn more about Looker Studio log events.

Firewall and database IP address change

As announced on July 14, 2022, the IP addresses used by Looker Studio to connect to the following databases have changed:

  • Amazon Redshift
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017

The IP addresses to use are:

  • 2001:4860:4807::/48 (Optional, for platforms that support IPv6)

You may close any of the previously listed addresses. They are no longer used by Looker Studio.

June 16, 2023

(Updated 2023-06-16 9:20 AM PDT)

Product updates

GA4 API dimensions/metrics

New Google Analytics 4 data sources that you create get their fields directly from the GA4 API. Previously, GA4 data sources were based on a fixed schema with a predefined list of fields. To see new fields from the GA4 API in an existing data source, refresh the fields.

Note: This update is backwards compatible with the previous version of the connector. Refreshing a Google Analytics 4 data source will preserve the existing schema and simply add new API fields to the data source.

Learn how connect to Google Analytics.

Documentation updates

Updated Connect to Google Analytics. Added information and links about the GA4 schema change, and the deprecation of Universal Analytics. Removed information about connecting to Universal Analytics.

June 08, 2023

Product updates

Dynamic links in navigation buttons

You can configure the URL of a navigation button to be provided dynamically from a dimension value. Learn more.

May 22, 2023

Product updates

Running percentage delta

You can apply a running percentage of delta calculation to metrics in a chart. This calculation applies the following formula:

(current value - previous value) / ABS(previous value)

To apply a running calculation to your chart, follow these steps:

  1. Edit your report.
  2. Select a chart.
  3. On the right, in the properties panel, select the SETUP tab.
  4. Add a metric to the chart, and then click its edit pencil Edit icon.
  5. Click the Running calculation menu, and select the desired function.

For example, the following table shows the percentage change in class attendance for 1 week. Day 1 attendance is 95 , while day 2 attendance is 101. The running percentage delta calculation for day 2 is:

(101 - 95) / ABS(95)= 6.32%.

A table chart showing daily classroom attendance and the running percentage delta for 7 days.
Learn more about running calculations.

May 18, 2023

Product updates

Pause report updates

You can pause updates to minimize the number of data requests made while building and editing your report. While the report is paused, changes made to the report's data settings are placed on hold until you resume updates. Pausing report updates can potentially save on query costs because Looker Studio only requests the data needed to meet the report configuration as of the time you resumed updates.

Learn more.

April 25, 2023

Bug fixes

We fixed an issue that prevented users from connecting to PostgreSQL version 14.
Public issue tracker.

Documentation updates

Updated PostgreSQL connection information. If you wish to enable client authentication, note that Looker Studio expects the key to be in PKCS-8 format.

April 17, 2023

Product updates

Scorecard improvements

Scorecard visualizations include the following options:

  • Sparklines show historical trends for a scorecard value over time.
  • Progress visuals show the progress of a scorecard value towards a goal.
  • You can compare the scorecard metric to a time period, target value, or metric.

Learn more.

Documentation updates

Updated pivot table limit

Pivot tables can render up to 500,000 cells of data, however, depending on the data set and dimensions and metrics involved in the table, performance may degrade. You can apply a filter to the pivot table to reduce the amount of data being rendered.

(Previously, the limit was incorrectly stated as 50,000 rows.)

April 10, 2023

Product updates

Scheduled delivery improvements

We've launched these new features for scheduled delivery of your reports:

Pro feature: multiple delivery schedules

Looker Studio Pro customers can add up to 20 email delivery schedules to a report. Each schedule can go to different recipients and have different settings. Learn more.

Filters in scheduled delivery

You can customize the filters and date ranges applied to scheduled reports. Learn more.

Note: this feature is being released gradually. You might not see it right away.

Send now

You can send a report via email immediately with the Send now feature. Learn more.

New chart type: sankey visualization

Sankey charts display a flow from one set of values to another and are effective for analyzing movements of information over time. Learn more.

Add buttons to your reports

Buttons let you customize and streamline the way your customers interact with chart filters, actions, and navigation.

Learn more.

Zoom and pan on charts

Zooming and panning can help you focus on specific areas of a data-dense visualization, such as when you want to highlight a portion of your data or review more granular details. Learn more.

April 3, 2023

Product updates

PostgreSQL 13 & 14 support

You can now connect Looker Studio to PostgreSQL versions 13 and 14. Learn more about connecting to PostgreSQL.

YouTube connector bug fix

We fixed a bug that could cause you to see different data from the YouTube connector than what you'd see in YouTube Analytics. Now the data should be the same in both places. Learn more about connecting to YouTube analytics.

March 23, 2023

Product updates

Align both axes to 0 option in Cartesian charts

You can align left and right axes to zero in Cartesian line, bar, and combo charts that have left and right Y-axes. This option is useful when you want to compare sets of data that contain a mix of positive and negative numbers.

Here's an example: the chart on the left is not aligned to 0, while the chart on the right is aligned to 0.

Two line charts visualizing a mix of positive and negative numbers. The chart on the left doesn

Google Ad Manager: Deprecation of the Verified categories dimension

The Verified categories dimension is deprecated in the Historical report. We've replaced Verified categories with the equivalent dimension, Advertiser vertical, in saved reports.

March 16, 2023

Product updates

More improvements to field search in the data panel

Searching for a field in the report editor's data panel is contextual:

  • When no components are selected, you can search for fields in any data source that is added to the report.
  • When a component is selected, the search results are restricted to that component's data source.
  • When a group of components is selected, the search results are restricted to the grouped component's data sources.

When you search for a field, the data panel provides additional information about the results:

  1. The number of matches for each data source on the report appears on the right.
  2. The text matching your search appears in bold.
  3. If a data source doesn't contain your search term, a message appears below that data source.

The Looker Studio data panel, showing search results for "country."

Documentation updates

Updated database connector articles

Added the note that custom queries in Looker Studio may timeout after 3 to 5 minutes to all database connectors that support custom queries.

Updated PostgreSQL connector article

Added a note that the PostgreSQL connector doesn't use the Cloud SQL proxy when connecting to Cloud SQL PostgreSQL instances. If you're connecting to a Cloud SQL PostgreSQL instance, you'll need to add the listed IPs to the authorized networks list.

Read article.

March 9, 2023

Product updates

New / renamed fields in the Google Analytics 4 connector

The following fields are available in the GA4 connector:

  • Items added to cart
  • Items checked out
  • Items clicked in list
  • Items clicked in promotion
  • Items viewed
  • Items viewed in list
  • Items viewed in promotion

The following fields have been renamed:

Old name New name
Add-to-carts Add to carts
Item purchase quantity Items purchased
Item list clicks Item-list click events
Item list views Item-list view events
Item promotion clicks Promotion clicks
Item promotion views Item view events
Item views Item view events

To see these fields in your reports, refresh the data source.

Documentation updates

Updated: Connect to BigQuery

Added a note that custom queries in Looker Studio may timeout after 3 to 5 minutes.

Read article.

Deleted: Connect to Google Surveys

Google Surveys and Surveys 360 were turned down in November 1, 2022. Creating new data sources based on Google Surveys has not been possible since that time.

Learn more about why Surveys was turned down.

January 30, 2023

Product updates

Identify Looker Studio queries with BigQuery job labels

All queries sent by Looker Studio to BigQuery have the BigQuery job label requestor:looker_studio.

You can use this job label to identify BigQuery queries related to Looker Studio. See viewing job labels for instructions.

Documentation updates

Article: Set up organizational ownership of Looker Studio Pro assets

Clarified that Looker Studio Pro assets are protected from accidental deletion by applying a Google Cloud lien.

Read article.

January 26, 2023

Product updates

Looker connector generally available

The Looker connector allows you to access Looker data within Looker Studio by adding an Explore as a data source to a Looker Studio report.

Learn more about Connecting to Looker Studio from Looker.

January 19, 2023

Product updates

Improved field search in the report editor

Searching for a field in the data panel only searches the currently selected component's data source. When no components are selected, search looks for fields in any data source that is added to the report.

January 6, 2023

Product updates

Connect to Cloud SQL for MySQL instances that use private IP connectivity

The Cloud SQL for MySQL connector now supports connections to Cloud SQL for MySQL instances with private IP connectivity.

To allow Looker Studio to access data in Cloud SQL and make queries against this data over a private connection, select the Enable private path option under Google Cloud services authorization in your Cloud SQL for MySQL instance settings.

Learn more.

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