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How to convert a Data Explorer bookmark into a Data Browser bookmark?

Data Explorer (Eurostat legacy data application) provides a bookmark feature. Using this feature, it is possible to create bookmarks. In Data Browser (new Eurostat application), this feature also exists. It is quite easy for anyone to convert a Data Explorer bookmark into a Data Browser bookmark. This page explains, step by step, how to do it.

In this help page, the current Data Explorer bookmark will be used as an example.

Step 1: Finding the dataset

The first step is finding the appropriate dataset in Data Browser.

Open Data Explorer bookmark in a web browser. At the upper right side of the page, the dataset’s code is displayed:

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Open Data Browser and search for the aimed product.

Step 2: Setting the time selection mode: URL / create custom

In Data Explorer, when creating a bookmark, it is possible to determine how the bookmark should behave towards the TIME dimension. Three modes are available:

  • Static bookmark

  • Rolling time bookmark

  • Fixed time bookmark

This step consists of two sub-steps.

First, determine the selection mode which applies to your Data Explorer bookmark. Within the URL of the bookmark, the "time_mode" parameter may have three different values:

  • NONE: This is a Static bookmark

  • ROLLING: This is a Rolling time bookmark

  • FIXED: This is a Fixed time bookmark

In the provided example, the bookmark URL contains "&time_mode=ROLLING", which indicates that Data Explorer bookmark is a Rolling time bookmark.

Second, in Data Browser, click on the "Create custom dataset" button. The "Define your custom dataset" modal appears:

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  • First, click on "Time" dimension (on the left side). Then select the appropriate selection mode (radio boxes in the right part of the screen)

    • If the "Static positions" selection mode is selected, check the same positions as the ones checked in Data Explorer. To see the list of positions checked in TIME dimension in the Data Explorer bookmark:

      • Click on the image48 all button next to the TIME dimension:

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      • In the modal which opens, the selected positions are the checked ones:

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      • Check the same positions in the "Define your custom dataset" popup of Data Browser:

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    • If the "Rolling time" selection mode is selected, select the desired Starting time:

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    • If the "Fixed time" selection mode is selected, select the desired last time positions:

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  • Then, for each of the other dimensions of the dataset, repeat this process:

    • In Data Explorer: determine which positions are checked.

      Click on the "image48 all" button for each dimension and gather the list of checked positions.

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    • In Data Browser:

      • In the left part of the "Define your custom dataset" modal, select the dimension

      • In the right part:

        • Select the "Static positions" mode

        • Check the positions according to the ones checked in Data Explorer

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Once finished, click on "Save and go to data view". Data Browser appears with the selected dataset, with the selected positions.

Step 3: Setting the dimensions layout

Next step is to organize the dimensions layout in Data Browser the same way as they are organized in Data Explorer.

In the example of Data Explorer bookmark, the layout is:

  • In Columns, the GEO dimension

  • In Rows, the Legal form dimension.

This layout should be replicated in Data Browser, using the drag-and-drop gesture (see this page). Every dimension which is not in Column nor in Row will be present in the Page section of the layout.

Initial Data Browser layout:

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Final Data Browser layout:

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Step 4: Statistical data sorting order

It is possible that the statistical data displayed in the Data Explorer is built on a specific sorting order based on one specific column:

Data Explorer sorting order

Data Browser corresponding sorting order

Column does not impact sorting order

EE de no sorting

EE db no sorting

Statistical data is sorted based on this column, in ascending order

EE de asc sorting

EE db asc sorting

Statistical data is sorted based on this column, in descending order

EE de desc sorting

EE db desc sorting

To reproduce this sorting order in Data Browser, click on the arrowed-symbol next to the column label until the desired sorting order is reflected.

Step 5: Setting the format options

The next step is to replicate the format options.

At the top of Data Explorer, click the "show" link located next to "Table Customization"

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It is possible that the "Table customization" is already displayed. If this is the case, the link caption will be "hide".

The formatting options appear:

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In Data Browser, the formatting options are present in the "Format" tab:

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In the sections below, each section contains a table which matches the equivalencies between Data Explorer format options and Data Browser format options. Follow those tables to make your current formatting options in Data Browser match the formatting options selected in Data Explorer.

5.1. Set the Labelling options

Data Explorer "Labelling" field

Data Browser "Labelling" field






Codes and labels

Dimension specific

Dimension specific

5.2. Set the Cell formatting

Data Explorer "Cell formatting" field

Data Browser "Decimal symbol"
and "Thousands symbol" fields


Decimal symbol: Comma (,)
Thousands symbol: Dot (.)


Decimal symbol: Dot (.)
Thousands symbol: Comma (,)

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Decimal symbol: Dot (.)
Thousands symbol: Blank space

5.3. Show/Hide empty lines

Data Explorer "Hide empty lines" checkbox

Data Browser "Empty Rows" selector



Not checked


5.4. Show/Hide flags/footnotes

Data Explorer "Hide flags/footnotes" checkbox Data Browser "Flags" selector



Not checked


Step 6: Create the Data Browser bookmark

Once Data Browser reflects exactly the Data Explorer bookmark, click on the "Bookmark link" button (see this page). The bookmark link is then created, and can be used normally.