Ad-hoc project filters

Here is a video on creating ad-hoc project filters:

You can create ad-hoc project filters if you want to quickly explore how a filter might affect your project, without going to the Segment Builder. Think of these filters as temporary, project-level filters. They will typically not be part of your filter “library” like component filters in the left rail. However, you can save them, as shown below.

For a comparison of what ad-hoc project filters can do vs. full-fledged component-level filters, go here.

  1. Drop any component type (dimension, dimension item, event, metric, filter, filter template, date range) into the filter drop zone at the top of a panel. Component types are auto-converted into filters.
    Here is an example of how to create a filter for the Twitter referring domain:

    Your panel automatically gets this filter applied and you can instantly see the results.

  2. You can add an unlimited number of components to a panel.

  3. If you decide that you want to save this filter, refer to the section below.

Keep in mind:

  • You cannot drop the following component types into the filter zone: calculated metrics and dimensions/metrics from which you cannot build filters.
  • For full dimensions and events, Analysis Workspace creates “exists” hit filters. Examples: Hit where eVar1 exists or Hit where event1 exists.
  • If “unspecified” or “none” is dropped in the filter drop zone, it is automatically converted to a “does not exist” filter so that it is treated correctly in filtering.

Segments created this way are internal to the project.

Save ad-hoc project filters

You can choose to save these filters by following these steps:

  1. Hover over the filter in the drop zone and click the “i” icon.

  2. In the information panel that displays, click Save.

What are project-only filters?

Project-only filters are either quick filters or ad-hoc Workspace project filters. When editing/opening them in the filter builder then the project-only box will show up. If they APPLY a quick filter in the builder but don’t check the make available box, then it is still a project-only filter but it can no longer be opened in the QS builder. If they check the box and SAVE it is now a component-list filter.

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