SAP Dashboards - Object Browser

An Object Browser provides you with list of all the available components that you can add to your model. You can use Object Browser to add and change these components and to lock or hide the components in the canvas.

Lock Or Hide


To select a component in the Object Browser, click the component name to make it active on the canvas. To select multiple components, you can use the CTRL key.

Renaming and Hiding the Components

You can also rename a component that you add to the Canvas in Object Browser. Click on the component that you want to rename. The name is highlighted and the cursor is in the text box. Enter the name of the component and press ENTER.

You can hide the components on the Canvas to prevent any interaction with them. To hide or show all the components in the Object Browser, do the following −

Hide Components

Locking the Components

You can also lock the components and groups in the Canvas so that they can’t be used in the model.

To lock all the components or group, you can click on the lock icon.

Lock Components

Setting up the Canvas Background

You can change the color of the canvas background and can add grid to help you arrange items on the Canvas. You can adjust the size of the canvas to get more space to work. You can set the canvas background as solid or gradient background.

To set a transparent background, under the Canvas properties, select type as None. If you can’t see the Canvas property pane, open a model. You can set the following value for type −

Setting Background
Solid A Single solid color
Gradient Two colors that fade together from top to bottom
Image A JPG or SWF file. Select the file to import as the background
None A transparent background

Background Color

When you select solid or gradient type, you can select the background color box to set the colors to be used in the background.

For Solid Background, select a single color and or Gradient background select Background color 1 and Background color 2.

Solid Background

When you select type as Image, you can get an import option to add an image from your local computer. You can add a background in your data model that may match your company logo or any other image represents objective of the model.

Select Type Image

Display Grid on Canvas with Components

You can also line items along with gridlines. You can use grid manually to position each component.

Go to File → Preferences

Display Grid

On the left side, select Grid and you can choose from the following options −

Show Grid Select to display a grid on the canvas.
Snap To Grid Select to have components automatically align to the nearest gridlines.
Width Specify the spacing between grid columns in pixels.
Height Specify the spacing between grid rows in pixwls.

Grid Preference