Using the status bar


1. Overview

The Dundas BI status bar appears at the bottom of the designer screens for dashboards and other items including data cubes and metric sets. 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 changes to your dashboard by moving components around, 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 dashboard 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 window that shows a small preview of the entire design surface. You use the View panel by dragging a blue rectangle which represents the viewport or current portion of the design surface that you are actually viewing.

Dragging the viewport rectangle is an easy way to quickly pan across your dashboard. It's a convenient alternative to using scrollbars to access the parts of your dashboard that are scrolled out of view.

2.6. Data Summary

When selecting data points in a visualization, some basic statistics of that data will appear in the status bar. The statistics for each measure in the selected points will be cycled through, and will include the sum (SUM), average (AVG), minimum (MIN), maximum (MAX), number of points (COUNT), and number of distinct points (DISTINCT). Hover over the data summary for a tooltip showing all of the measures.

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

Data summary is not available for waterfall and stacked chart types.

You can click and drag your mouse to select multiple points in a chart. Hold the Ctrl or Shift keys to select more than one area of data points. To select a group of rows in a table, select the row at the beginning of the group, then hold the Shift key and select the row at the end of the group. 

2.7. Performance Monitoring

Performance monitoring can be done in Dashboard Edit and Dashboard View mode.

In Dashboard Edit mode, ensure that the dashboard is selected, i.e. nothing is selected, and click on the Data preview tab.

Dashboard View mode Performance information
Dashboard View mode Performance information

In Dashboard View mode, click on the performance icon in the status bar and a Performance tab will appear which can be expanded to see dashboard performance information.

Dashboard View mode Performance information
Dashboard View mode Performance information

3. See also

Dundas Data Visualization, Inc.
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