15.11. Working on and Editing Published Reports
When working with published reports in Looker Studio, it's essential to understand the differences between live and draft modes, as well as the process of publishing changes. This tutorial will guide you through the process of editing published reports and managing their visibility.
Live Mode vs. Draft Mode
By default, Looker Studio reports are in live mode, meaning that any changes you make to the report are visible to viewers in real time. However, you can also enable manual report publishing, which allows you to work on a draft version of the report without affecting the live version. This way, you can control when changes are shown to viewers.
To enable manual report publishing, go to the "File" menu, click on "Publishing settings," and enable "Manual report publishing." Once enabled, you will be able to switch between the draft and published versions of the report.
Editing in Draft Mode
While in draft mode, you can make changes to your report without affecting the live version that viewers see. For example, you can update the background color or rearrange elements on the page. Viewers will not see these changes until you decide to publish the updated report.
When you're ready to make your changes visible to viewers, click on "Publish" to update the live version of the report. Viewers will receive a notification that a new version of the report has been published, prompting them to refresh the page to see the changes.
Remember to Publish
It's essential to remember to publish your changes when using manual report publishing. If you forget to publish, viewers will not see the updates you've made, which can lead to confusion or miscommunication.
In conclusion, working with published reports in Looker Studio involves understanding the differences between live and draft modes and managing the publishing process. By using manual report publishing, you can make changes to your reports without affecting the live version, providing a seamless experience for your viewers.