Using the status bar


1. Overview

The Dundas BI status bar appears at the bottom of most editors, and contains several features helpful for editing dashboards and other views. The status bar is also known as a 'taskbar'.

2. Elements of the status bar

The following figure illustrates the different parts of the Dundas BI status bar for a dashboard.

Status bar for a dashboard
Status bar for a dashboard

2.1. Name of the item

The name of the item (e.g., dashboard) you're currently editing is displayed on the left side of the status bar. Double-click the name in the status bar in order to modify it.

2.2. Status message

Beside the name of the item is a section for status messages. For example, if you make any changes to the file you're working on, you'll see a Saved message appear in the status bar when Dundas BI performs the automatic save operation for you.

2.3. Snap to grid

If the snap to grid option is enabled in the status bar, you'll see the grid of dots while you drag components around on the canvas. Positionally, components will always be lined up with the grid dots when snap to grid is enabled, which makes it easy for you to align your components.

The default spacing between grid dots is 10 units. You can increase or decrease this from the status bar.

Snap to grid spacing set to 5 units
Snap to grid spacing set to 5 units

If you turn off the snap to grid option, the component being dragged will still be snapped against other components on the canvas. If you don't want this behavior, press ALT while dragging your component.

2.4. Zoom level

The canvas zoom level is set to 100 percent by default. A higher value for the zoom level means you are zoomed in (everything appears larger). To change the zoom level, type a new zoom value, use the up-down controls, or move the zoom slider.

You can reset the zoom level back to its default value by double-clicking the zoom slider or by using the Reset Zoom button.

You can also use keyboard shortcuts to zoom in or out.

2.5. View panel

The view panel is a popup that indicates what part of the dashboard or view is currently visible with a blue rectangle. This panel appears automatically when moving the mouse over the related zoom level controls.

Dragging the viewport rectangle is an easy way to quickly pan across your dashboard, and an alternative to using scrollbars to access the parts of your dashboard that are scrolled out of view.

2.6. Data summary

When selecting rows or columns in a table, or data points in a chart, some basic statistics of that data will appear in the status bar. (When editing a dashboard, first choose View in the toolbar to interact with the visualization and select data.)

Status bar data summary for selected data in a table
Status bar data summary for selected data in a table

See Metric set analysis tools for more details on displaying a data summary.

2.7. Performance monitoring

You can access performance statistics either when editing or viewing a dashboard or other view.

When editing, click the canvas to de-select any selected elements, then click to open the Data Preview window.

Performance information shown when editing
Performance information shown when editing

When viewing, click on the performance icon in the status bar and the Performance window will appear, which can be expanded to see performance information.

Performance information shown when viewing
Performance information shown when viewing

3. See also

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