Using Data Dashboards in Amazon QuickSight - Amazon QuickSight

Using Data Dashboards in Amazon QuickSight

Viewing Dashboard Data

In Amazon QuickSight, you can view data dashboards in email or interact with them on a webpage or your mobile device. If you are an Amazon QuickSight reader, you don't need a monthly subscription. To learn how to get the most out of reading your dashboards, use the following section.

Each dashboard is like a newspaper, with one or more sheets that are filled with data visualizations. You can focus on any graph or chart. You can filter, and sort, and update chart colors. Using dashboards that have controls embedded at the top, you get easier access and control over what you see in some or all of the visuals.

Any changes that you make to a dashboard are only temporary. They don't change the data, and they don't affect other users. If you want to save your settings and you have authoring access, use Save as to create your own private copy of the dashboard. If you want to share your changes with other users, you can work with the dashboard owner to update the dashboard on the server. This way, everyone can see the same version of data in the same way.

Filtering Dashboard Data

You can filter data in a visual in three ways:

  • If your dashboard has filtering controls at the top of the screen, you can use them to filter all the visuals at once.

  • You can use the filter icon at the top of each visual to filter visuals one at a time.

  • You can create your own filters by using the filter pane on the left side of the page.

Sorting Dashboard Data

You can sort data in a visual in three ways:

  • You can hover over the label for the field you want to sort by, and choose the sort icon.

  • You can choose the filter icon at the top right of the visual you want to sort.

  • You can click or tap on the field and choose Sort from the context menu.

Exporting Data from a Dashboard

To export data from an analysis or dashboard to a comma-separated value (CSV) file, use the v-shaped menu at the top right of a visual. Data exports only for the visual you choose.

Using the Visuals on Your Dashboard

When you choose a data point on a visual, several actions are available. You can click or tap on a data point, for example on a bar in a bar chart, on a point where the line bends on a line chart, and so on. The available actions vary slightly based on what type of visual it is. The following screenshot shows a list of actions available on most chart types.

These actions are as follows:

  • Focus on or exclude

    You can focus on or exclude specific data in a field in that visual, for example regions, metrics, or dates.

  • Drill up or drill down

    If your dashboard contains data on which you can drill down or up, you can drill up to a higher level or drill down to explore deeper details.

  • Custom URL actions

    If your dashboard contains URL actions, you can activate them by choosing a data point on a visual. For example, you might be able to email someone directly from the visual, or open another URL and send it data points (values) from this one.

  • Change chart colors or specific field colors

    You can change all the chart colors to a specific color. Alternatively, you can choose a specific field value to change its color, if that field is part of the color well (usually in the legend).

Anomaly Alerts

On a dashboard that has an insight configured for anomaly detection, you can subscribe to alerts for anomalies and contribution analysis. You receive anomaly alerts when anomalies are updated. The alerts email displays the total number of anomalies, and provides detail on the top 5, according to your personal alert configuration. You receive contribution analysis when its updated, provided that contribution analysis is configured to run with anomaly detection.

Use the following procedure to set up anomaly alerts.

  1. First, open a dashboard that is shared with you.

  2. You can configure alerts from one of two screens. Choose one of the following, the proceed to the next step:

    • In the dashboard, locate the anomaly widget you are interested in. Select it so that it has a highlighted box around it.

    • If you are in the dashboard, and already have the Explore Anomalies page open. You can configure the alert without returning to the dashboard view.

  3. At top right, choose Configure alert.

  4. The Alert configuration screen appears.

    For Severity, choose the lowest level of significance you want to see.

    For Direction, choose to get alerts about anomalies that are Higher than expected or Lower than expected. You can also choose [ALL] to receive alerts about all anomalies.

  5. Choose OK to confirm your choices.

  6. To stop subscribing to an anomaly alert, locate the anomaly widget in the dashboard and use the bell icon to unsubscribe. You can also use the To manage this alert link at the bottom of an alert email.

Subscribing to Your Dashboard

You can subscribe to a dashboard in report form, and receive it in an email. You can also adjust your report settings.

Use the following procedure to change your subscription and report settings for a specific dashboard.

  1. First, open a dashboard that is shared with you.

  2. Choose the Reports icon at top right.

  3. The Change report preferences screen appears. This screen shows the current report schedule, in addition to the subscription and optimization options.

    For Subscription, choose Subscribe to start receiving reports, or Unsubscribe to stop receiving reports.

    Under Optimize, choose the device you prefer to view the report on.

    • If you usually use a mobile device or you prefer to view reports in a portrait format, choose Viewing on a mobile device. When you receive the report, the visuals display in a single vertical column.

    • If you usually use a desktop or you prefer to view reports in a landscape format, choose Viewing on a desktop. When you receive the report, the visuals display in the same layout shown in your dashboard on your desktop.

  4. Choose Update to confirm your choices, or choose Cancel to discard your changes.