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Adding a Text Label

You can add labels or explanatory text to a Dashboard using a Text Box.

Adding a Text Label

  1. Draw a rectangle on the dashboard canvas to display the Parts dialog.

  1. Click the Text Label  icon in the General section of the Parts dialog.

The Text Label part is displayed in the Dashboard canvas. By default, it appears empty with a transparent background except for the words Click to enter text.

Selecting the Text Label displays the handles for resizing.

  1. Click on the Text Label to make it editable.

  1. Type the new text.

  1. Click on a location outside the Text Label to complete the operation.

  1. To modify the style of the text, click Settings. Make the necessary changes in the Text Label Settings dialog:

    • Font - Click Change to display the Font dialog where you can set the Font Type, Style, Size, and Script.

    • Foreground - Click Change to display the Color dialog and set the Foreground color.

    • Background - Click Change to display the Color dialog and set the Background color.

You can also opt to revert to the default foreground and background colors by clicking Restore Defaults.

Note that a transparent background will be very useful with the Web Client supporting correct rendering of overlapping dashboard parts. This allows placing of Text Labels to any preferred location in the dashboard.

    • Text source -whether Manual Text or From Data Table where you can also set the format of the text.

    • Horizontal Alignment – Left, Center, or Right

    • Vertical Alignments – Top, Center, or Bottom

    • Enable Vertical Scroll Bar - Check the box to enable vertical scrolling through a long text label


You can parameterize Text Labels in the same way as Visualization Titles. Simply add the parameter name within curly brackets, {Company}.

Text labels can also be populated from a source data table, as implied through the settings panel above.

To associate the text box with a data column, drag the column to the text label.

A preview of the data will be shown.

Dropping the column on the text label, causes every row to be written as a new line within the text label, and introduces vertical scroll bars if necessary.