Showcase your data with elementsedit

Canvas elements are the building blocks of your workpad. With elements, you can combine images, text, and visualizations to tell a story about your data.

When you add elements to your workpad, you can:

Add elements to your workpadedit

Choose the elements to display on your workpad, then familiarize yourself with the element using the preconfigured demo data.

  1. Click Add element.
  2. In the Elements window, select the element you want to use.

    Canvas elements
  3. Play around with the default settings and see what the element can do.
Tip

Want to use a different element? You can delete the element by selecting it, clicking the Element options icon in the top right corner, then selecting Delete.

Connect the element to your dataedit

When you are ready to move on from the demo data, connect the element to your own data.

  1. Make sure that the element is selected, then select Data.
  2. Click Change your data source.

Connect to Elasticsearch SQLedit

Access your data in Elasticsearch using the Elasticsearch SQL syntax.

Unfamiliar with writing Elasticsearch SQL queries? For more information, refer to SQL language.

  1. Click Elasticsearch SQL.
  2. In the Elasticearch SQL query box, enter your query, then Preview it.
  3. If everything looks correct, Save it.

Connect to Elasticsearch raw dataedit

Use the Lucene query syntax to use your raw data in Elasticsearch.

For for more information about the Lucene query string sytax, refer to Lucene Query Syntax.

  1. Click Elasticsearch raw documents.
  2. In the Index field, enter the index pattern that you want to display.
  3. From the Fields dropdown, select the associated fields you want to display.
  4. To sort the data, select an option from the Sort Field and Sort Order dropdowns.
  5. For more targeted queries, enter a Query using the Lucene query string syntax.
  6. Preview the query.
  7. If your query looks correct, Save it.

Connect to Timelionedit

Use Timelion queries to use your time series data.

  1. Click Timelion.
  2. Enter a Query using the Lucene query string syntax.

    For for more information about the Lucene query string syntax, refer to Lucene Query Syntax.

  3. Enter the Interval, then Preview the query.
  4. If your query looks correct, Save it.

Choose the display optionsedit

Choose how you want the elements to appear on your workpad.

Specify how to display the dataedit

When you connect your element to a data source, the element often appears as a warning. To remove the error, specify the display options.

  1. Click Display
  2. Change the display options for the element.

Change the appearance of the element containeredit

Further define the appearance of the element container and border.

  1. Next to Element style, click +, then select Container style.
  2. Expand Container style.
  3. Change the Appearance and Border options.

Apply a set of stylesedit

To make your element look exactly the way you want, apply CSS overrides.

  1. Next to Element style, click +, then select CSS.
  2. Enter the CSS. For example, to center the Markdown element, enter:

    .canvasRenderEl h1 {
    text.align: center;
    }
  3. Click Apply stylesheet.

Change the data auto-refresh intervaledit

Increase or decrease how often your data refreshes on your workpad.

  1. In the top left corner, click the Control settings icon.
  2. Under Change auto-refresh interval, select the interval you want to use.

    Element data refresh interval
Tip

To manually refresh the data, click the Refresh data icon.

Organize the elements on your workpadedit

Choose where you want the elements to appear on your workpad.

Move elementsedit

Move the element to a preferred location on your workpad. As you move the element, notice the alignment lines that appear to help you place the element exactly where you want it.

  • Click and drag the element to your preferred location.
  • To move the element by 1 pixel, select the element, press and hold Shift, then use your arrow keys.
  • To move the element by 10 pixels, select the element, then use your arrow keys.

Resize elementsedit

Make your elements bigger or smaller than the default size.

  1. Select the element.
  2. Click and drag the resize handles to the size you want.

Align elementsedit

Align two or more elements on your workpad.

  1. Press and hold Shift, then select the elements you want to align.
  2. Click the Element options icon in the top right corner, then select Align elements.
  3. From the Alignment menu, select how you want to align the elements on the workpad.

    Align elements

Distribute elementsedit

Distribute three or more elements on your workpad.

  1. Press and hold Shift, then select the elements you want to distribute.
  2. Click the Element options icon in the top right corner, then select Distribute elements.
  3. From the Distribution menu, select how you want to distribute the elements on the workpad.

    Distribute elements

Change the element orderedit

Change the order of how the elements are displayed on your workpad.

  1. Select an element.
  2. In the top right corder, click the Element options icon.
  3. Select Order, then select the order that you want the element to appear.

Use the zoom optionsedit

In the upper left corner, click the Zoom controls icon, then select one of the options.

Zoom controls

Save elementsedit

After you have made changes to elements, save them so that you can reuse them across all of your workpads.

  1. Select the element that you want to save.

    To save a group of elements, press and hold Shift, then select the elements you want to save.

  2. Click the Save as new element icon.
  3. In the Create new element window, enter a Name.
  4. Enter an optional Description, then click Save.
  5. To access the element, click Add element, then select My elements.

Add pagesedit

When you have run out of room on your workpad page, add more pages.

  1. Click Page 1, then click +.
  2. On the Page editor panel on the right, select the page transition from the Transition dropdown.

    Add pages