Control a dashboard

Use dashboard controls in the upper left to update your dashboard.

Add a cell

Click Add Cell to open the Data Explorer and configure a new cell for your dashboard.

For details on using the Data Explorer, see Explore metrics.

Add a note

  1. Click Add Note to add a note cell to your dashboard.
  2. Enter your note in Markdown in the left pane. A preview appears in the right pane.
  3. Enable the Show note when query returns no data option to show the note only when the query displays no data.
  4. Click Save.

Select timezone

Click the timezone dropdown to select a timezone to use for the dashboard. Select either the local time (default) or UTC.

Select timezone

Manually refresh dashboard

Click the refresh button () to manually refresh the dashboard’s data.

Manually a single dashboard cell

  1. Click the on the dashboard cell you want to refresh.
  2. Click Refresh.

Automatically refresh dashboard

Click Enable Auto Refresh. In the window that appears, configure the following options:

  • Until: Select Indefinite to automatically refresh continuously. Select Custom to set a time to stop automatically refreshing.
  • Inactivity Timeout: Set how long the user should be inactive for the dashboard to time out and stop automatically refreshing.
  • Refresh Interval: Enter how frequently the dashboard should refresh.

Select time range

  1. Select from the time range options in the dropdown menu.

    Select time range
  2. Select Custom Time Range to enter a custom time range with precision up to nanoseconds. The default time range is 5 minutes.

The custom time range uses the selected timezone (local time or UTC).

Add variables

Click Variables to display variables available for your dashboard. For details, see Use and manage variables

Presentation mode

Click the fullscreen icon () to enter presentation mode. Presentation mode allows you to view [a dashboard] in full screen, hiding the left and top navigation menus so only the cells appear. This mode might be helpful, for example, for stationary screens dedicated to monitoring visualizations.

Toggle dark mode and light mode

Click the moon or sun icons to toggle your dashboard between dark mode and light mode.

Dark & light mode

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