Configuring Other Widgets

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Configure text, image and R visualization widgets

Text Widgets

You can add static or dynamic text using the text widget. Dynamic text automatically updates the text based on what dynamic text elements you choose.

Symbols can be pasted into the text widgets.

The hyperlink option for the widget can be used to navigate between pages in the story, to a new story, or to any website. In the text widget, manually type the text you want for the hyperlink, such as Go to Page [X]. Select the text and either right-click the widget or use the widget's More Actions button, choose AddHyperlink and define the link.

Add Text Widgets to a Story

Business Scenario

You need to supplement your story with header information and effective filters. You also want to add a link to jump to other stories.

What skills will you develop in this practice exercise?

In this practice exercise, you will perform the following tasks:

  • Add text widgets for header information
  • Add text widgets to display filter values
  • Add text widgets to jump to other stories

Image Widgets

You can use the image widget to include any image in your story, such as your corporate logo. You can also add a hyperlink in the same way you add one to a text widget.

R Visualization Widgets

R is an open-source programming language that can enable developers to create custom charts and graphs. If the chart options in SAP Analytics Cloud do not meet your needs, the R Visualization widget may provide a solution for you. The following figure illustrates how native R visualization support enables you to visualize and analyze data without limits.

The R server runtime environment provided by SAP allows you to access interactive R visualizations with an automatically configured R server.

You use the R Visualization widget to create and edit visualizations based on R scripts. By setting the relevant properties, you can change the size and style of the widget.

Additional Information

You can learn more about R Visualization widgets in the Creating R Visualizations in SAP Analytics Cloud learning journey


Composites are widgets which can be created by an advanced story designer. They typically contain other widgets and data sources that are grouped together into a single widget, allowing for consistency in your story design. In the following example, an image and text widget are grouped to create a basic header widget.

Because composites exist as entities independent from a specific story, they can be shared with other users and be re-used among many different stories. A story can contain several composites, but a composite cannot be part of another composite.

Composites are available only in Optimized Story Design and only within a canvas page.

Creating a composite is only possible if you have specific permission within SAP Analytics Cloud to do so. You access the creation area via the Stories option from the main menu. Composites can be saved just like any other resource in SAP Analytics Cloud, so you can create specific folders to organize them.

To use a composite in a story, you must first import it. You can use either the Assets area of the left side panel or simply add it from the Insert area of the toolbar. A dialog appears where you can select the composite, and you simply browse to the composite you want.

Once the composite is imported to the story, it is listed under Composites in the Assets pane with other available widgets. If any imported composites are not added to or actively used in your story, when the story is transported to another system, they will not be transported with it.

To add a composite to your story, simply drag and drop it from Assets to the page. The composite is then listed in the Outline panel, with the default ID Composite_#, and you can change the ID if you choose.

Once a composite is added, you can configure it as any other widgets in your story. The actions apply to the composite as a whole, rather than the individual widgets that make up the composite. However, theme preferences can apply to the individual widgets.

Currently, there are limitations to creating and using composites, but these limitations will change over time. For a complete and current list, please see the SAP Analytics Cloud User Guide.

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