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Controlling the Appearance of Interactive Dashboard Pages

This topic explains how to control the appearance of the dashboard pages using the dashboard editor. For more information on navigating to the dashboard editor, see Navigating to the Dashboard Editor.

Before you begin. To create and edit interactive dashboards, your role must include the Manage Dashboards privilege.

Working with Columns in Interactive Dashboard Pages

Columns are used to align the content on a dashboard. The sections within the columns hold the content. You can add or remove columns, set the width in pixels or as a percentage of the dashboard page, and break columns.

When you have more than one column on a dashboard page, you can break the columns to arrange them on the page. (The drag-and-drop feature does not reposition the columns.) For example, if you have two columns side by side, breaking the rightmost column causes it to move beneath the first column, and both columns will span the width originally occupied when they were side by side. If you have three columns side by side, breaking the middle column causes the two outer columns to move beneath the first column, and the first column spans the width originally occupied by the first two columns.

To add a new column

  • Click the Add Column icon near the top of the Dashboard Editor page.

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    The column is added to the dashboard page.

To set the width of a column

  1. Click Properties, and choose Column Properties.
  2. In the Column Properties dialog box, expand the Additional Formatting Options link.
  3. In the Additional Formatting Options section, specify the column width:
    • To specify the width in pixels, enter the number of pixels, for example, 200.
    • To specify the width as a percentage of the dashboard page, use the percent (%) sign, for example, 20%.
  4. Click OK.

To break a column

  • Click Properties, choose Insert Column Break, and then select the appropriate type of break.

    If you break the column again, the column layout reverts to the previous layout.

Adding Sections to Interactive Dashboard Pages

Sections are used within columns to hold the content of a dashboard. Sections are aligned vertically by default. You can drag as many sections as you want into a column.

If you drag and drop content into a column without first adding a section to hold the content, a section is created automatically.

If you drag a section from one column into another column, any content in that section is also included.

To add a section to a column

  • From the selection pane, drag and drop a Section object from the Dashboard Objects area into the column.

    The column is highlighted when you are at an appropriate location in the column to drop the section.

Making Sections Appear Horizontally in Interactive Dashboard Pages

The default alignment for sections is to align them vertically.

To make a section appear horizontally

  • Click Properties for the section, and choose Arrange Horizontally.

Saving Changes to Interactive Dashboard Pages

You can save your changes at any time.

To save changes to an interactive dashboard page

Perform one of the following actions:

  • Click Save.
  • Leave the page that you are working on in the dashboard editor.

    For example, your changes are saved if you add or edit another page, change the dashboard properties, or modify a prompt, filter, or request.

Published 5/4/2012 Copyright © 2005, 2012, Oracle. All rights reserved. Legal Notices.