Configuring dashboards

Your dashboard is the main display you see when you log in to your project. You can create multiple dashboards for different projects, or multiple dashboards for one big project. Each project has a default dashboard, or you can create a personal dashboard and add gadgets to keep track of assignments and issues you're working on. Dashboards are designed to display gadgets that help your organize your projects, assignments, and achievements in different charts.

You can see all dashboards by selecting the Dashboards drop-down from your JIRA application header.

On this page:

About the default dashboard

The gadgets on the default dashboard can be reordered and switched between the left and right columns. Additional gadgets can also be added, while some gadgets can be configured. The layout of the dashboard (e.g. number of columns) can also be configured.

All changes made to the default dashboard will also change the dashboards of all users currently using the default dashboard. However, gadgets that users do not have permissions to see will not be displayed to them. For example, the 'Administration' gadget, although it may exist in the default dashboard configuration, will not be visible to non-admin users.

Creating a dashboard

You can easily create and customize your own dashboard to display the information you need. Note that only administrators can customize the default dashboard for your project. 

  1. At the top right of the Dashboard, click the Tools menu.
  2. Select either Create Dashboard to create a blank dashboard, or Copy Dashboard to create a copy of the dashboard you are currently viewing.
  3. Name and describe your dashboard. 
  4. Fill out the rest of the fields as applicable. 
  5. Click Add.

By default, sharing is set to private if you have not specified a personal preference. You can adjust this setting in the sharing preferences in your user profile, and change dashboard permissions at any time in the Manage Dashboards page.

Choosing a dashboard layout

To choose a different layout for your dashboard page (e.g. three columns instead of two):

  1. At the top right of the Dashboard, click the 'Edit Layout' link. A selection of layouts will be displayed:
  2. Select your preferred layout.

Managing gadgets

To get the most out of your dashboard, including adding, rearranging, removing, and configuring gadgets, see Adding and customizing gadgets

Managing dashboards and permissions

You can edit, delete, copy, mark favorites, and share your dashboards from the Manage Dashboards page.

  1. Select Dashboards > Manage Dashboards.
  2. Choose the dashboard.

Sharing and editing your dashboard

You can edit the details for your dashboard, and restrict or share with other users according to the permissions that are set. In addition, you can see all the dashboards you've created, any public dashboards, and any shared dashboards. 

  1. Click> Edit/Share > Add sharing permissions.
  2. Edit the settings.

Adding favorite dashboards

If you find a dashboard you like, click the star icon next to its name to add it to your favorite dashboards list. You can also add the default dashboard to your favorites list so it's easily available to you.  

Note on dashboard permissions

JIRA administrators, as set in global permissions, can manage their users' shared dashboards in the Shared dashboards menu. Administrators can also change the ownership of a dashboard if the creator is unable to maintain the dashboard or its gadgets. See Managing shared dashboards for more information.

Setting up a Wallboard

Turn any JIRA application dashboard into a wallboard by plugging your computer into a TV monitor. The Wallboard is a dashboard gadget that acts as an information radiator to provide instant visual insight into project progress and team accomplishments. With your favorite dashboard selected, click Tools > View as Wallboard. The dashboard will appear against a black background, and will rotate gadgets if the user enables the slideshow option.

The Wallboard below shows the same Created vs. Resolved Issues gadgets and data above.

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