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Maximizing Data Insights: Using Tab Widgets for Enhanced Visualization

Maximizing Data Insights: Using Tab Widgets for Enhanced Visualization

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    Maximizing Data Insights: Using Tab Widgets for Enhanced Visualization

    Data analysis and visualization have undergone a transformation, with previous challenges often rooted in the limitations of static reporting and the inability to interact dynamically with complex data sets. Advanced tools like tab widgets have changed this, enabling analysts to maximize their data intelligence by creating more intuitive, interactive, and customizable visual representations.

    Understanding tab widgets in Bold BI

    A tab widget comprises a solitary content zone that houses multiple panels. By consolidating various widgets within a single tabbed interface, it minimizes the design area on a dashboard and logically groups related functions.

    Key benefits of tab widgets

    Efficient use of space: Tab widgets enable you to contain numerous visualizations in one window, maximizing space utilization and minimizing clutter.

    Enhanced content organization: By dividing content into meaningful categories, tab widgets simplify the search for information and prevent users from being overwhelmed by too much data at once.

    Intuitive user navigation: The familiar structure of tabs facilitates ease of navigation, allowing users to transition between views comfortably.

    Continuity of context: Tab widgets allow users to keep different content separate yet within the same framework, aiding in continuity.

    Quick access: Switching among tabs is quicker than navigating through multiple pages or windows, improving the overall user experience.

    How to configure a tab widget in a Bold BI dashboard

    1. Drag the tab widget from the toolbox to the design area.
    2. Resize it as required.
    3. Configure the tab widget by dragging some widgets from the toolbox and configuring them with the required data.
    4. Drag the configured widgets from the Dashboard Designer canvas into the tab widget.
    5. Drag the existing panel widget into the tab widget.
    Configuring a tab widget in a Bold BI dashboard

    To learn more on how to configure a tab widget in Bold BI dashboard, check out our documentation.

    When to use a tab widget

    • Organizing content: Use a tab widget when you have categorically distinct content that can be neatly divided into separate panels for easy navigation.
    • Saving space: Implement tabs to conserve space on your webpage or application by consolidating information into switchable sections rather than using scrolling or multiple pages.
    • Clear navigation: If you have distinct content areas that require a clear and simple navigation method, tabs can be an intuitive interface element, helping users switch between different views or data sets.
    • Context retention: In situations where users might need to switch back and forth between categories or views without losing their place, tabs help in retaining context and reducing the cognitive load.

    When not to use a tab widgets

    • Essential information: Avoid tabs if all the information is critical and needs to be visible at once, as users might overlook important content hidden in inactive tabs.
    • Sequential content: Do not use tabs for content that requires a specific reading or interaction order, as tabs encourage non-linear navigation which might disrupt the intended flow.
    • Primary navigation: Avoid using tabs as the primary means of navigation for your entire site or application. Tabs are best suited for subnavigation within a particular section or task.
    • Excessive categories: If you have too many categories, tabs can become cluttered and hard to read. In such cases, consider alternative navigation patterns that better handle large amounts of content.
    • Independent sections: Avoid tabs when the content in different sections doesn’t relate to each other. Tabs imply a relationship among the widgets and using tabs for unrelated content can be misleading.

    Use cases of a tab widget


    Sales representatives utilize tab widgets within customer relationship management (CRM) platforms to navigate through customer information, sales pipeline, deals pipelines, conversion rates, and deal statuses. This enables a clear and organized view of client data, current negotiations, and potential opportunities without the need to navigate away from the page.

    A Tab Widget Visualizing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Platforms
    A Tab Widget Visualizing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Platforms


    A tab widget is utilized in content management systems (CMS) for marketing campaigns, allowing marketers to organize tabs by marketing channels such as email and social media, or switch among different campaigns’ metrics. This streamlines the process of analyzing and comparing performance across various platforms and campaigns

    A Tab Widget Displaying Marketing Campaign Data
    A Tab Widget Displaying Marketing Campaign Data

    Human resource department

    HR professionals can employ tab widgets in employee management software to compartmentalize employee profiles, payroll data, benefits, and performance reviews. This enhances their ability to access specific sections of employee information, ensuring a smooth and efficient workflow when managing multiple personnel tasks.

    A Tab Widget Displaying Employee Management Data
    A Tab Widget Displaying Employee Management Data

    Inter-widget linking support provided by Bold BI for tab widgets

    Inter-widget linking refers to the ability to establish direct connections between widgets so that an action or event in one widget can automatically trigger a response or update in another widget. Bold BI enables inter-widget linking, allowing a selection of master widgets (combo boxes, list boxes, KPI cards, number cards, and radial gauges) to control tab switching within a tab widget according to their respective index values. It also enables the filtering of the data within the tab widget to match the active tab selection.

    Configure inter-widget linking for the tab widgets

    1. Drag a Combo Box to the design page, resize it, and configure the required data.
    2. Drag the Tab Widget and configure it with widget data.
    3. Open the combo box’s Properties Find the Inter Widget Linking section and enable the checkbox. Check the box in the Widgets section to enable the Projects by Status.
    4. In the Action section under the Widgets property, you can either:
      1. Enable the Default action to allow you to switch the tabs based on your selected index from the master widget (combo box).
      2. Or enable the Custom action to allow you to switch the tabs based on the specific index that you enter in the text box.
    Inter-Widget Linking for the Tab Widget

    To learn more on how to configure inter-widget linking for the tab widget in Bold BI, refer to this link.

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    In conclusion, leveraging tab widgets for data visualization offers an intuitive and organized way to present complex information. By encapsulating various related widgets within tabs, you can significantly enhance the user experience, making data analysis a streamlined and insightful process. Explore the possibilities of tab widgets and unlock the full potential of your data visualization efforts.

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