Google Data Studio: Edit the Layout of the Navigation Menu

Written by Nicola Bell

Nicola is the Digital Account Manager at GlowMetrics, preparing and executing PPC & SEO strategies for new and existing clients. Nicola specialises in integrated marketing campaigns, combining the best of paid social and paid search to get the finest of results for her clients
January 10, 2019


Editor’s Note – March 2021 Update: Google have added new navigation options to Data Studio, with the new Tabs layout offering a clean and intuitive method of report navigation. There’s also an option to hide navigation entirely if you’ve already created some custom links to navigate your dashboards. Thankfully, the process for editing the navigation menu hasn’t changed at all, so you can still follow our handy guide below.

At GlowMetrics, we’re big advocates for reporting tools that save time and make data easier to understand. This is why we love Google Data Studio. What is Google Data Studio, you ask? If you haven’t read our previous post on the Top 5 Reasons You Should Use Data Studio – head over there first to learn the ins and outs of this tool – but please come back! We’re about to run through a top Data Studio tip!

Did you know that there are so many ways you can personalise how your Data Studio report looks? One tip we’d recommend that could help you find your way through reports is changing how the Navigation Menu appears.

By default, the Navigation Menu will display in a collapsible menu along the top of the report. Like this….

But did you know you can also display it in a panel on the left-hand side of your report? This is ideal if your report consists of multiple pages and you want to make every page clearly visible!

So, How Do I Change the Layout of the Navigation Menu in Data Studio?

  1. Open your Data Studio report and click on the Edit function.
  2. Click anywhere on your report (but not on a widget or visualisation) – any blank space will do.
  3. From the Layout and Theme menu on the right-hand side, select Layout and then under Navigation Position chose whether you want your navigation menu on the left-hand side or at the top.

There you have it, it’s that easy!

Just remember – this way of showing the navigation menu doesn’t show page numbers, so it might be worth renaming your pages to include this.

Bonus Tip:

When you select the Navigation Position as left, you should also select the display mode as ‘Fit to Width’. This will scale the components in the report in proportion to the width of your screen and will ensure that your entire report is visible.

If you have any problems implementing – get in touch, we’re always happy to help.

1 Comment

  1. Tamás Kiss

    Great stuff Nicola, thanks for sharing! I’ve spent the last 2 days searching for this solution.


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