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Dashboards are a nice way for others to view and interact with your model. It shows your model's input variables at the top, with its charts underneath. You also have the option to show them a read-only spreadsheet view too.
Dashboard viewers can adjust the value of the input variables to see what happens in different situations. These changes aren't saved to your model, unless they have edit access, in which case they'll see a "Save changes to model" button.
Dashboards can be useful in various contexts:
- For sharing with current or potential investors
- For collaborating with non-finance team members
- For model-builders that want to zoom out from the detail of the spreadsheet
The adjustable inputs section of the Dashboard is split up into tabs if variables are grouped. This makes it easy to navigate when there are lots of input variables.
If you don't want a variable to appear as an adjustable input, move it out of your model's Inputs section.
Add a description so you can give others context on what the dashboard/model is they're looking at (head to the gear icon in the top-right, under "dashboard mode").
Add and edit your description in the settings of the model
How the description appears on your dashboard
If you want to allow other users to view your underlying model spreadsheet, without letting them edit it, share your model with view access, then turn on the Read-only spreadsheet toggle under Dashboard.
The "Read-only spreadsheet" toggle turned on for a model shared via private link
With that toggle turned on, there will be a View Spreadsheet button when viewing your model's dashboard. This will allow users to see underlying model formulas/values.
Note that the option to allow users to view your model in the dashboard is off by default.