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Add more panels to dashboards

Earlier in this tutorial you ran searches and saved them as reports. In this section, you add the saved reports to an existing dashboard.

Add saved reports to a dashboard


Ensure that you have the Buttercup Games - Purchases dashboard displayed, which you created in the task Create dashboards and panels.


1. To display a list of your dashboards, click Dashboards on the Apps bar and select the Buttercup Games - Purchases dashboard.

This screen image shows the Buttercup Games - Purchases dashboard.

2. Click Edit, and select Edit Panels.

This screen image shows the Edit menu with the Edit Panels option selected.

3. In the Dashboard Editor, click Add Panel.

This screen image shows the editing buttons in the upper-right corner of the Dashboard Editor.
The Add Panel sidebar menu opens on the right side of the window.
This screen image shows the sidebar for Add Panel.

4. To add a new panel from a report, click New from Report.

The list of the reports that you saved opens. The list also shows some built-in reports, such as Errors in the last hour.
This screen image shows the list of saved reports.

5. Select Purchasing trends.

A preview of the report appears. This is the sparkline chart report that you created.
This screen image shows a preview of the Purchasing trends report.

6. Click Add to Dashboard.

The new panel is placed in the Dashboard Editor. You can click anywhere outside the Add Panel sidebar to close menu, or choose another report to add to the dashboard.

7. Select the report Comparison of Actions and Conversion Rates by Product and add it to the dashboard.

This screen image shows the preview panel for the report called "Comparison of Actions and Conversion Rates by Product".

8. Close the Add Panel sidebar.

9. Rearrange the panels on the dashboard.

Drag and drop a panel by the panel drag and drop bar, which is at the top of the panel. When you drag a panel, a four pointed arrow symbol appears on the drag and drop bar.
alt=This screen image shows the   "Comparison of Actions and Conversion Rates by Product" panel being dragged to appear side-by-side next to the "Purchasing trends" panel.

10. Click Done.

Your finished dashboard should look like this:
This screen image shows the Comparison of Actions and Conversion Rates by Product" panel at the top of the dashboard. The other two panels appear side-by-side at the bottom of the dashboard.

Adding a search to an existing dashboard

You can save an ad hoc search as a panel in an existing dashboard.

In the Enabling field lookups section in this tutorial, you created the prices_lookup. Let's use that lookup to run the following search.

  1. Click Search in the Apps bar to start a new search.
  2. Make sure that the time range is set to All time.
  3. Run the following search to determine the VIP client and the products that the client purchased.

    sourcetype=access_* status=200 action=purchase [search sourcetype=access_* status=200 action=purchase | top limit=1 clientip | table clientip] | stats count AS "Total Purchased", dc(productId) AS "Total Products", values(productName) AS "Product Names" BY clientip | rename clientip AS "VIP Customer"

    This screen image shows the results on the Statistics tab. The first column shows the client IP address. The second column shows that the customer made 134 purchases. The third column shows the names of the products that were purchased.

  4. Click Save As and choose Dashboard panel.
  5. For Dashboard, click Existing and select Buttercup Games - Purchases.
  6. For Panel title, type VIP Client Purchases.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Click View Dashboard.
  9. Click Edit.
  10. In the dashboard editor, drag the VIP Client Purchases panel next to the Top Purchases by Category pie chart.
  11. Click Save.
  12. This screen image shows the dashboard. There is a time range picker at the top right of the dashboard. There are four panels on the dashboard. The two panels at the top are the Top Purchases by Category, which shows a pie chart, and the VIP Client Purchases, which shows a table.  The other two panels are the Purchasing trends and Comparison of Actions and Conversion Rates by Product.

Connecting panels to a shared Time Range Picker

The type of panel that you add to a dashboard determines whether you can connect the panel to the shared Time Range Picker.

The Buttercup Games - Purchases dashboard now contains the panels listed in the following table.

Panel name Panel source
Top Purchases by Category Ad hoc search
Purchasing Trends Report
Comparison of Actions and Conversion Rates by Product Report
VIP Client Purchases Ad hoc search

If the panel is based on an ad hoc search, you can connect the panel to the shared Time Range Picker. If the panel is a report, you cannot connect it to the shared Time Range Picker. Reports can be scheduled to run at a set time interval.

To connect the VIP Client Purchases panel to the shared Time Range Picker:

  1. In the dashboard panel click the Edit Search icon. The icon looks like a magnifying glass.
  2. In the Edit Search dialog box, for Time range select Shared Time Picker (BG_Purchases_Time_Range).
  3. Click Apply.
  4. In the Edit Dashboard window, click Save to save the changes to the dashboard.

The VIP Client Purchases panel is now connected to the Time range picker input on the dashboard.

When you change the time range on the dashboard, the panels that are connected to the shared Time Range Picker are updated. The searches that the panels are based on are run again to refresh the panels.

More dashboard actions

After you complete the dashboard, you can Export to PDF and Print the dashboards using the buttons in the upper right corner of the dashboard window.

You can also share the dashboard with other users by changing the dashboard permissions.

Next step

Congratulations! You have completed the Search Tutorial.

To learn more, see Additional Resources.

Last modified on 05 October, 2017
Create dashboards and panels
Additional resources

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.4.0, 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 6.4.3, 6.4.4, 6.4.5, 6.4.6, 6.4.7, 6.4.8, 6.4.9, 6.4.10, 6.4.11

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