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Working with Unified Time Bars

When you work with your dashboard, you can apply the settings that you have configured on your time bar to multiple charts from the same data source. This enables you to view and playback the data on different charts for the same time period and filtered by the same time filter. The time bar shared by the charts is called a unified time bar.

You can only use a unified time bar for charts for which the time bar has been enabled.

By default, new charts from the same data source are applied to the same unified time bar on a dashboard, provided the dashboard has only one time bar configured for charts using that data source. If the existing charts on the dashboard use different time bars, new charts are not assigned to the unified time bar and must be configured manually to do so.

Applying a Unified Time Bar to Multiple Charts

If you have several charts from the same data source or your charts contain cross-source links, you can use different time bar settings for different charts.

To apply a unified time bar to multiple charts that use the same data source on your dashboard:

  1. Select a chart on the dashboard and configure the time bar settings, as described above.

  2. Click the time attribute on the left side of the time bar. The Time Bar dialog appears.

  3. In the Time Bar dialog, select the charts from your dashboard you want to use a unified time bar. The available charts are listed in the Applies to section. The charts selected will share a unified time bar. The unselected charts will maintain their own individual time bars.

    If your dashboard contains charts from different data sources, the Applies to section lists the charts separated by data source. The active section in the Applies to list depends on the chart selected in the dashboard.

  4. Save the dashboard.

Changing the Unified Time Bar Attribute

To change the unified time bar attribute:

  1. Select a chart on the dashboard that is using the time bar.

  2. Click the time attribute on the left side of the time bar. The Time Bar dialog appears.

  3. In the Time Bar dialog, select a different time attribute. All of the charts using the unified time bar will adjust to use the new time attribute.

    If your dashboard contains charts from different data sources, the Applies to section lists the charts separated by data source. The active section in the Applies to list depends on the chart selected in the dashboard.

  4. Save the dashboard.

Changing the Unified Time Bar Range

To change the unified time bar range:

  1. Select a chart on the dashboard that is using the time bar.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click the range setting on the time bar and select a new static time range, dynamic time range, or preset time range for the time bar. See Adjusting the Time Bar Range.

    • Use the time bar sliders to adjust the range.

  3. Save the dashboard.

Removing a Chart from the Unified Time Bar

To remove a chart from a unified time bar:

  1. Select the chart on the dashboard.

  2. Click the time attribute on the left side of the time bar. The Time Bar dialog appears.

  3. In the Time Bar dialog, clear the checkbox associated with the chart in the Applies to section. The chart will no longer share the unified time bar.

    If your dashboard contains charts from different data sources, the Applies to section lists the charts separated by data source. The active section in the Applies to list depends on the chart selected in the dashboard.

  4. Save the dashboard.

For example, suppose you need to filter the data in the Sales by Hour chart by the Inserted attribute for JAN 10 2017 6 AM on the Real Time Sales chart. When you click Apply to apply the filter, you will have to confirm breaking the unification. The Real Time Sales chart is updated and the time bar changes accordingly.

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