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Use Filters in Dashboards


Filters allow you to control the amount of information displayed in your Dashboards.

Apply Dashboard filters

When you add a filter to a Dashboard, the filter is applied to all the Panels in the Dashboard that contain that field.

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If you click the Filter icon for a specific Panel, all the filters that don’t apply to that Panel are hidden. 

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If you add a filter to a specific Panel by clicking the Filter icon for the Panel and then clicking Add Filter, the filter you select is added to the Dashboard and linked to that specific Panel. If you change the value, it will affect only the Panel that's linked to it. See "Create a filter" in this topic.

To see which Panels are linked to a filter, hover over the blue filter icon in the filter box. In the following example, you can see that the logger filter applies to the Source Category Panel, but not the Errors by Source Name Panel, because when hovering over the icon for the logger filter, the Source Category Panel shows a light blue border but the Errors by Source Name Panel does not.

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Create a filter

Dashboard owners can add filters in Edit mode. Created filters can be viewed (non-edit mode) by the Dashboard owner and, if the Dashboard is published, by other users. Filters need to be added to be visible on the Dashboards page.

  1. On the Dashboard page, click the Edit toggle.
  2. Click the Filter icon at the top of the page or for a specific Panel to display the add filter area.
  3. Click Add Filter.
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  4. The Add Filter dialog lists the available filters. Filters that are recommended based on the Dashboard searches are listed first, followed by all of the other available filters.

  5. Click a filter to select it.
    • Filters in the list are identified with a T (text) or # (numeric) label. After adding numeric filters, you can restrict the range to display in the Dashboard using the operators (=, !=, >, <, >=, or ,<=).
    • If you started creating the filter by clicking the Filter icon at the top of the page (not for a specific Panel), you can add only one filter at a time. Click Add to add the filter. To add additional filters, click the Add Filter button again.  The new filter is linked to all applicable Panels.
    • If you started creating the filter by clicking the Filter icon for a particular Panel, you can add multiple filters at one time in the Add Filter dialog. When you select a filter to add, it is moved to the Selected area. Add additional filters as needed, and then click Add.
    • To find specific filters in the Add Filter dialog, enter a search string in the Find area and press Return.
  6. After selecting filters, click Add to add the filters and return to the Dashboard.
  7. The filter or filters are now displayed. 
    You can click Add Filter again to add more filters at the Panel or Dashboard level.

    If you selected a numeric filter, you can select a range from the drop-down list to restrict the values to display.

The filter is now ready to be used.

Use filters

To use filters, enter values in the filter text boxes and press Return to show the Panel or Panels with the filter applied.

If you selected a numeric filter, you can select a range from the drop-down list to restrict the values to display.

Note the following about using filters:

  • The * wildcard is supported for non-numeric fields, but use of wildcards can slow down filtering, so use them only if needed.
  • When new filters are added or removed, the panel might load slowly as optimizations are performed in the background. This is only temporary, and is done to improve the panel’s performance in subsequent uses.

Change Filter settings

You can change some properties of a filter.

  1. On the Dashboard page, click the Edit toggle.
  2. Click the Filter icon, if necessary, to display the add filter area.
  3. Click the Settings icon for the filter you want to modify.


    The Filter Settings dialog box opens to show the General settings.
  4. Modify the label if needed, and any additional parameters. The specific parameters depend on the type of filter.

  5. Click Panels to select Panels that will be subject to the filter. By default, all Panels that can support the filter are selected (with check marks). Click to deselect any Panels. A deselected Panel is shown with a + symbol, which you can click to reselect.
     

  6. Click Save to apply the changes.

Delete a filter

Dashboard owners can delete a filter by clicking the X icon in the upper right corner of the filter as it’s displayed at the top of the Dashboard. After deleting a filter, you must refresh the page for the change to take effect. Deleting a filter deletes it from all Panels.

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