Create and share dashboards in the Azure portal

Dashboards are a focused and organized view of your cloud resources in the Azure portal. Use dashboards as a workspace where you can quickly launch tasks for day-to-day operations and monitor resources. Build custom dashboards based on projects, tasks, or user roles, for example.

The Azure portal provides a default dashboard as a starting point. You can edit the default dashboard. Create and customize additional dashboards, and publish and share dashboards to make them available to other users. This article describes how to create a new dashboard, customize the interface, and publish and share dashboards.

Create a new dashboard

In this example, we create a new, private dashboard and assign a name. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. From the Azure portal menu, select Dashboard. Your default view might already be set to dashboard.

    Open the dashboard

  3. Select New dashboard.

    Screenshot of new dashboard

    This action opens the Tile Gallery, from which you'll select tiles, and an empty grid where you'll arrange the tiles.

    Screenshot of tile gallery and empty grid

  4. Select the My Dashboard text in the dashboard label and enter a name that will help you easily identify the custom dashboard.

  5. Select Done customizing in the page header to exit edit mode.

The dashboard view now shows your new dashboard. Select the arrow next to the dashboard name to see dashboards available to you. The list might include dashboards that other users have created and shared.

Edit a dashboard

Now, let's edit the dashboard to add, resize, and arrange tiles that represent your Azure resources.

Add tiles from the dashboard

To add tiles to a dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. Select edit icon Edit from the page header.

    Screenshot of dashboard highlighting edit

  2. Browse the Tile Gallery or use the search field to find the tile you want.

  3. Select Add to add the tile to the dashboard with a default size and location. Or, drag the tile to the grid and place it where you want.

Tip

If you work with more than one organization, add the Organization identity tile to your dashboard to clearly show which organization the resources belong to.

Add tiles from a resource page

There is an alternative way to add tiles to your dashboard. Many resource pages include a pushpin icon in the command bar. If you select the icon, a tile representing the source page is pinned to the dashboard that is currently active.

Screenshot of page command bar with pin icon

Resize or rearrange tiles

To change the size of a tile or to rearrange the tiles on a dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. Select edit icon Edit from the page header.

  2. Select the context menu in the upper right corner of a tile. Then, choose a tile size. Tiles that support any size also include a "handle" in the lower right corner that lets you drag the tile to the size you want.

    Screenshot of dashboard with tile size menu open

  3. Select a tile and drag it to a new location on the grid to arrange your dashboard.

Additional tile configuration

Some tiles might require more configuration to show the information you want. For example, the Metrics chart tile has to be set up to display a metric from Azure Monitor. You can also customize tile data to override the dashboard's default time settings.

Any tile that needs to be set up displays a Configure tile banner until you customize the tile. To customize the tile:

  1. Select Done customizing in the page header to exit edit mode.

  2. Select the banner, then do the required setup.

    Screenshot of tile that requires configuration

Note

A markdown tile lets you display custom, static content on your dashboard. This could be basic instructions, an image, a set of hyperlinks, or even contact information. For more information about using a markdown tile, see Use a markdown tile on Azure dashboards to show custom content.

Customize tile data

Data on the dashboard automatically shows activity for the past 24 hours. To show a different time span for just this tile, follow these steps:

  1. Select Customize tile data from the context menu or the filter icon filter from the upper left corner of the tile.

    Screenshot of tile context menu

  2. Select the checkbox to Override the dashboard time settings at the tile level.

    Screenshot of dialog to configure tile time settings

  3. Choose the time span to show for this tile. You can choose from the past 30 minutes to the past 30 days or define a custom range.

  4. Choose the time granularity to display. You can show anywhere from one-minute increments to one-month.

  5. Select Apply.

Delete a tile

To remove a tile from a dashboard, follow these steps:

  • Select the context menu in the upper right corner of the tile, then select Remove from dashboard. Or,

  • Select edit icon Edit to enter customization mode. Hover in the upper right corner of the tile, then select the delete icon delete icon to remove the tile from the dashboard.

    Screenshot showing how to remove tile from dashboard

Clone a dashboard

To use an existing dashboard as a template for a new dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that the dashboard view is showing the dashboard that you want to copy.

  2. In the page header, select clone icon Clone.

  3. A copy of the dashboard, named Clone of your dashboard name opens in edit mode. Use the preceding steps in this article to rename and customize the dashboard.

Publish and share a dashboard

When you create a dashboard, it's private by default, which means you're the only one who can see it. To make dashboards available to others, you can publish and share them. For more information, see Share Azure dashboards by using Azure role-based access control.

Open a shared dashboard

To find and open a shared dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. Select the arrow next to the dashboard name.

  2. Select from the displayed list of dashboards. If the dashboard you want to open isn't listed:

    1. select Browse all dashboards.

      Screenshot of dashboard selection menu

    2. In the Type field, select Shared dashboards.

      Screenshot of all dashboards selection menu

    3. Select one or more subscriptions. You can also enter text to filter dashboards by name.

    4. Select a dashboard from the list of shared dashboards.

Delete a dashboard

To permanently delete a private or shared dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. Select the dashboard you want to delete from the list next to the dashboard name.

  2. Select delete icon Delete from the page header.

  3. For a private dashboard, select OK on the confirmation dialog to remove the dashboard. For a shared dashboard, on the confirmation dialog, select the checkbox to confirm that the published dashboard will no longer be viewable by others. Then, select OK.

    Screenshot of delete confirmation

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