The sidebar provides access to regularly-used functions and preserves visualizations as you move between Workspaces.
Administrators can customize a sidebar to make it appropriate for different user groups, then deploy the sidebar with a profile.
The sidebar is ideal to help you keep track of filters and local overrides. If you prefer not to use the sidebar, you can hide it.
Launch Data Workbench.
In the sidebar, click Add > < item>. For example, Selections Panel, Filters Panel, or Table.
The following sidebar panels are available in the standard installation of Data Workbench. More items might be available in your specific profile:
You can open a sidebar visualization file from a saved location or from the clipboard.
In the sidebar, click Add > Open.
Click File to locate the .vw file of the panel you want to add, or click Last Closed Window, which pulls the visualization from the clipboard.
Additionally, you can click From Clipboard to paste a visualization that has been copied to the clipboard. See Copying a Sidebar Panel.
On an sidebar panel, right click in the title bar and click Save.
Similarly, you can open a saved sidebar visualization. Data Workbench saves the visualization as a .vw file at the location you specify.
In the sidebar, click Options > Revert.
When you close Data Workbench, the system saves the current sidebar configuration in the sidebar.vw file in the user profile. When you open Data Workbench, the system loads the sidebar.vw file from the user profile, rather than a parent profile.
You can revert to a default or previously saved sidebar, which deletes the sidebar from the user profile and reloads the sidebar from the parent profile. Administrators can replace the default (parent) sidebar with a local sidebar by uploading it from the Profile Manager.
System administrators can build formulas in the More Status Panel.vw. This places contextual words around metric and dimension values, and displays the results in the More Status panel in the sidebar.
To display the More Status panel in the sidebar, click the arrows shown in the following example.
The following procedure shows a simple example of how to create a customized status that tells you how many days are in a dataset:
In the Profile Manager, click **Sidebar**.
In the Base_5_3* column, make a local copy of the More Status Panel.vw file.
To do so, right-click the file check mark and click Make Local.
Open the More Status Panel.vw file in the .vw Editor or in Notepad.
Complete the Context and Items fields in the Editor. See Query Language Syntax for guidelines about syntax.
Save the file.
The values in the preceding example result in a status formula displayed as follows: