Components overview

Last update: 2023-07-17
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Components in Analysis Workspace consist of dimensions, metrics, segments, and date ranges that you can drag-and-drop onto a project.

To access the Components menu, click the Components icon in the left rail. You can switch among Panels, Visualizations, and Components from the left rail icons or by using hotkeys.

You can also adjust the View density settings for the project to see more values in the left rail at once by going to Project > Project Info & Settings > View Density.

Dimensions

Dimensions are text attributes that describe your visitor behavior and can be viewed, broken down, and compared in your analysis. They can be found in the left Component rail (orange section) and are typically applied as rows of a table.

Examples of dimensions include Page Name, Marketing Channels, Device Type, and Products. Dimensions are provided by Adobe and are captured through your custom implementation (eVar, Props, classifications, etc).

Each dimension also contains dimension items within it. Dimension items can be found in the left Component rail by clicking the right-arrow next to any dimension name (items are yellow).

Examples of dimension items include Homepage (within the Page dimension), Paid Search (within the Marketing Channel dimension), Tablet (within the Mobile Device Type dimension), and so on.

Metrics

Metrics are quantitative measures about visitor behavior. They can be found in the left Component rail (green section) and are typically applied as columns of a table.

Examples of metrics include Page views, Visits, Orders, Average Time spent, and Revenue/Order. Metrics are provided by Adobe, or captured through your custom implementation (Success events), or created using the Calculated metric builder.

Segments

Segments are audience filters that are applied to your analysis. They can be found in the left Component rail (blue section) and are typically applied at the top of a panel or above metric columns in a table.

Examples of segments include Mobile Device Visitors, Visits from Email, and Authenticated Hits. Segments are provided by Adobe, or created in the panel dropzone, or created using the Segment builder.

Date Ranges

Date Ranges are the range of dates you conduct your analysis across. They can be found in the left Component rail (purple section) and are typically applied in the calendar of each panel.

You can make the date range components relative to the panel calendar. For additional information, see About relative panel date ranges.

Examples of date ranges include July 2019, Last 4 weeks, and This month. Date ranges are provided by Adobe, applied in the panel calendar, or created using the Date range builder.

Manage components

You can manage components directly in the left rail.

  1. Right-click a component.

    Or

    Select a component, then select the Action (3-dot) icon at the top of the component list.

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    You can select multiple components by holding Shift, or by holding Command (on Mac) or Ctrl (on Windows).

    Component action Description
    Tag Organize or manage components by applying tags to them. You can then search by tag in the left rail by clicking the filter or typing #. Tags also act as filters in the component managers.
    Favorite Add the component to your list of favorites. Like tags, you can search by Favorites in the left rail and filter by them in the component managers.
    Approve Mark components as Approved to signal to your users that the component is organization-approved. Like tags, you can search by Approved in the left rail and filter by them in the component managers.
    Share Share components to users in your organization. This option is available for custom components only, such as segments or calculated metrics.
    Delete Delete components that you no longer need. This option is available for custom components only, such as segments or calculated metrics.

Custom components can also be managed through their respective Component managers. For example, the Segment Manager.

Search, filter, and sort the component list

You can search, filter, and sort the component list in the left rail of Analysis Workspace to quickly locate a particular component.

Search the component list

  1. Select the Components icon Components icon in the left rail.

  2. In the search field, begin typing the name of the component you want to use in your project.

    The type of component can be identified by both color and icon. Dimensions Dimension icon are orange, Segments Segment icon are blue, Date ranges Date range icon are purple, and Metrics Metric icon are green. The Adobe icon indicates either a calculated metric template or a segment template, and the calculator icon Calculator icon indicated a calculated metric that was created by an Analytics administrator in your organization.

  3. Select the component when it appears in the drop-down list.

Filter the component list

  1. Select the Components icon Components icon in the left rail.

  2. Select the Filter icon Data Dictionary Filter icon.

    Or

    Type the pound sign (#) in the search field.

  3. Select any of the following filter options to filter the list of components:

    Option Function
    Approved Show only components that are marked as Approved by an administrator.
    Favorites Show only components that are in your list of Favorites. For information about adding components to your list of favorites, see Components overview.
    Dimensions Show only components that are Dimensions.
    Metrics Show only components that are Metrics.
    Segments Show only components that are Segments.
    Date ranges Show only components that are Date Ranges.
    Show all Show all components. This option is available only for administrators.
    Unapproved Show only components that are not yet marked as Approved by an administrator. As an administrator, this is helpful when identifying components that require your review and approval. This option is available only for administrators.
  4. (Optional) To further hone the list, you can sort the component list, as described in Sort the component list.

Sort the component list

  1. (Optional) Apply any filters to the component list, as described in Filter the component list.

  2. Select the Components icon Components icon in the left rail.

  3. Select the Sort icon Sort components icon, then select any of the following filter options to sort the list of components:

    Option Function
    Recommended Sorts components with those that are recommended at the top of the list. Components that are used most frequently and most recently by you or by others in your organization are shown higher in the list.
    Alphabetical Sorts components alphabetically.
    Categorical Sorts components according to component type (dimension, metric, segment, date range).

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