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Tutorial of Eurostat's Flexible Dashboards

This page is intended to be a practical guide on how to take advantage of all that Eurostat dashboards can offer to users. In particular, on how graphs can be customized and how users can play with them.

The different components in Eurostat Flexible Dashboards are the following. Click on each to see a wider explanation of their behaviour.


Bar Chart

Table Grid

Timeline Chart



This is an example of a map:



How do these options work? If you want to...


  1. Customize the Map
    In the upper-left corner, there is an icon, , that opens a left panel:

    Here, you can activate the Heat Map, and also define the thickness of the border of the countries.


  2. Zoom

    With this panel,

    you can zoom in/out, and move the map in the two basic directions. The circled arrow in the middle, restores the map to a default position.

  3. Select another indicator

    The dropdown list on top,

    lets you select the indicator to be displayed in the map.

    When mousing over the icon , a tooltip with a description of the indicator is displayed.

  4. Modify the legend

    The legend,

    can be placed everywhere by using the icon .

    The dropdown list in vertical defines the indicator for which the legend is calculated.

    The scale can be changed by clicking on the values of the legend. They can also be changed, in the default view, by moving them.

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Bar Chart

This is an example of a Bar Chart:



Let's see its options in detail. If you want to...

  1. Customize the Bar Chart

    By clicking on this icon, , this left panel appears:



    You can change the indicators, change the sort method and invert the order of the sorting.

    These options can also be customized: the grid spacing, the name area size and the width of the bars.

    Moreover, you can select the orientation of the bars, as well as showing the values, etc.

  2. Select another indicator

    This option is exactly the same as in the Map.

  3. Modify the scale

    With this option,




    you can shorten the Y-axis and make the scale bigger, so small bars can grow and be shown.

    This option is particularly useful if the Bar Chart presents absolute values with big differences between the highest and the lowest values.


    See this example with two different scales:




    On the other hand, when not all the bars are shown, this other tool allows you to see them, by moving the scroll:

    If you don't want to use the previous option, you can use this one, , to fit all the bars in the area and then zoom in some.

  4. Use the presentation options

    Behind this icon, , there is a group of options that help you in presentations.

  5. See the evolution

    This bar helps you to see the evolution of the indicators along the time:

    Periods can be directly selected.


    This icon enables the loop mode. This other icon customizes the pace of the movement.

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Table Grid

From this example of Data Grid




let's study the customizing options. If you want to...

  1. Customize the table grid

    With the options in this panel, you will be able to edit and format the table:

    - This options let you show metadata codes and units.

    - The icon lets you enlarge the columns

    - With this option you can select which indicators to be shown (only out of the ones already loaded).

    - This icon  allows you to transpose the table

  2. Sort the table

    To sort the table by one column you just have to click on its heading.

  3. Use the presentation options

    This option is the same for every graph, and has been mentioned in the Bar Chart chapter.

  4. See the evolution

    The timeline tool is also available for every graph. It has been detailed with the Bar Chart.

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Timeline Chart

This is an example of Timeline chart with Region Selector:



And these are its options. If you want to...

  1. Customize the Chart

    By clicking on the arrow in the upper-left corner, you get this panel:




    This panel lets you add more indicators (if loaded), show the dots and change the orientation of the legend, among other options.


  2. Select another indicator

    This is a common option already explained in the Map chapter.

  3. Filter by country

    To do this, you have the Region Selector:




    To filter you can use the search tool or click on the country (CTRL + click for more than one country).

    To help finding the country, there is a sorting tool (alphabetic order). To remove the order and get back to protocol order, click on the arrow

  4. Modify the scale

    This option has been developed in the Bar Chart.

    Nevertheless, this chart offers the possibility of restoring the default scale, by clicking on the icon

  5. Use presentation options

    As well, this option has been developed in the Bar Chart.

  6. Come back to default settings

    To do this, click on the icon at the bottom.

  7. See the evolution/trend

    This option has been described in the Bar Chart as well.

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