Create text widgets using spreadsheets

The Text widget is used to display non-numerical data from a cell, or multiple cells, in a spreadsheet. 

Before you get started, in the top right of the Spreadsheets widget set up screen, use the Widget Selector to change the widget type to Text.

Selecting ‘Ignore the first selected cell’ will stop the first selected cell from being displayed in the Text widget (this is deselected by default).

The GIF below gives a demo of the following steps.

  1. Click in the Text selection field and either type in a cell selection (e.g. A1), or click and drag over the desired cells in the Spreadsheet Data area. As you do this, the cells will highlight and you’ll see a live preview of your Text widget.

  2. If you select more than one cell, you can either:

    • Select Last message to only display the last cell in your selection (if you have A1:A10 selected, only the message in cell A10 will be displayed)

    • Select Loop messages to display up to 5 cells of data in a loop. The Spreadsheet Data area highlights the cells that will be looped in a darker green. You can click through the slider to check each of your messages, or these will cycle automatically in the Live Preview.

  3. Change the widget size from the default (1x1) to the appropriate size for your Text widget.

  4. Give your widget a title.

  5. When you’re happy with your Text widget, click the green Add to dashboard button from the bottom of the screen.

More ways to visualize your spreadsheets

Now that you’re familiar with how to create a text widget, read our dedicated guides to creating the different visualizations available.

  • Line Chart
    Plot multiple series of values and visualize these trends over a period.

  • Column Chart
    Plot a series of data as vertical columns, with the option for individual labels for each column and a goal field, which can be set to highlight values above a specific target.

  • Bar Chart
    Plots a series of data in a horizontal bar chart, with the option for individual labels for each column and a goal field, which can be set to highlight values above a specific target.

  • Number Widget
    Consists of a single number pulled from a specified cell. Enables you to visually compare two figures with 4 comparison visualizations:

    • Sparkline
      Displays a primary metric with a sparkline (a small line chart) below it.

    • Percentage
      Displays a primary metric with a percentage change value below it that compares the primary metric with a secondary number.

    • Number
      Displays a primary metric with a value change below it that is a calculation of the difference between the the primary metric and a secondary number.

    • Goal
      Displays a primary metric with a goal change below it that is a calculation of the difference between the the primary metric and a secondary number.

  • Leaderboard
    Consists of a ranked list of items, each with a label and an optional value.

  • Geck-O-Meter
    A gauge visualization to quickly see a metric in comparison to defined minimum and maximum values.

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