Dashboard and Widgets

When you log into Superdesk, you will be taken to your Superdesk Dashboard. The Dashboard gives you an overview of the topic desk you are currently working on. Your Dashboard can be filled with widgets to suit your needs. You can always return to your Dashboard by clicking the house-shaped Dashboard icon in the Workspace Panel, on the left.


You can only view the Dashboards for topic desks to which you’re assigned. Every user also has a Personal Workspace which is only accessible to them. At the top-left of the Dashboard, you’ll see the blue drop-down Workspaces menu. It will display the name of the desk you’re currently working on. Click on the desk name and you’ll be able to view all desks you’re assigned to. Different desks can have different dashboard setups depending on your needs. Changes that are made to a Dashboard on a desk used by multiple users will be visible to all users assigned to that topic desk. Widgets on the Dashboard of your Personal Workspace are visible only to you. 

This is the Create icon. On the Dashboard, it allows you to add widgets.  

You can customise the widgets on your Dashboard by clicking the Create icon at the top-right section of the page. When you click the Create icon, a new window with widget options will open. Select the type of widget that you would like to add to your Dashboard, then click add this widget. Once you’ve selected the widget you would like to add, click the Insert this Widget button to place the widget on your Dashboard. You can add multiple displays of the same type of widget to any Dashboard.

You can arrange the widgets on your Dashboard in any configuration you like. Click the Rearrange Widgets button at the top-right corner of the main interface, then select and drag a widget to the desired area of your Dashboard to place it.

The Rearrange Widgets button also allows you to delete widgets that you have inserted. To delete a widget, click Rearrange Widgets and you’ll see an x appear in the top-right corner of each widget. Click x for each widget you’d like to delete and then hit Save in the top-right of the Superdesk interface to keep these changes.

You can also resize widgets by clicking the grey arrows that appear at the edges of each widget when you hover over them.

Click and drag the body of the widget to move it to a different spot of the Dashboard. The widgets will fill the space as efficiently as possible. If there is a gap above one of the widgets, it will automatically move up to fill the space.

When you are satisfied with the size and layout of your widgets, click the blue Save button at the top-right corner of the main interface.

 Each widget also has several settings associated with it. Click the gear icon in the top-right corner of a widget to adjust the individual settings for that widget.

 World Clock Widget Settings

The World Clock widget has customizable clocks for all time zones. Click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the widget to open the World Clock Configuration window. The Your Clock tab in the World Clock Configuration Window displays the clocks that are currently used in your World Clock widget.


To remove a clock, click the x beside the clock name. To add different clocks, click on the Available Clocks tab and scroll through the time zones. When you click on a time zone, it will automatically add itself to the Your Clock tab. If you set more than three clocks, you will have to adjust the size of your widget to display them all at the same time. In the World Clock Configuration window, you can switch between digital and analog displays under the Your Clock tab. When you are satisfied with the clocks you have chosen, click the Save button at the bottom of the window. 

Monitoring Widget Settings

 The Monitoring widget allows for an overview of desk input (articles created or fetched to a desk), output (published items), saved searches and current projects. In Superdesk, the input, current projects and output of a topic desk are called stages. Stages are they way in which content is sorted within a topic desk. The stages of a Desk can be created and changed in the Settings menu, under the Master Desk section.


To adjust the Monitoring widget settings, click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the monitoring widget. Because you can have several Monitoring widgets on the same desk at the same time, the first textbox in the Monitoring settings window gives you the option to rename your Monitoring widget.


In the Monitoring settings window, under the Desks tab, you can select the stages that you wish to view in your Monitoring widget. You can only select the stages in Monitoring Settings associated with the current topic desk. The only exception to this occurs if a stage is marked for Global Read by an administrator in the Settings menu under Desk options. Stages that are marked for Global Read can be added to any Monitoring window in any topic desk. If a stage is currently empty, the Monitoring widget will not show any information from that stage.



In addition to stages, Monitoring widgets can also be set up to display Saved Searches. Searches can be saved from the Search icon in the Workspace Panel. To select which searches you’d like displayed in your Monitoring widget, click the Saved Searches tab in the Monitoring Settings window. Here you will see a list of Saved Searches. To add one to your Monitoring widget, toggle the switch beside the Saved Search to the on position. Only searches that are marked for Global Read will show up as options here. When you are creating a Saved Search in the Search tab, and you want to use it in your Monitoring widget, make sure that you toggle the Global Read to the on position before you click Save.


You can arrange stages and Saved Searches under the Reorder Sections tab of the Monitor settings window. Drag and drop the order of the searches and stages to arrange the order that suits your needs.


The Items Count tab in the Monitor Settings window allows you to set how many items appear in each section of the Monitoring widget. You can adjust the number of items by typing them into the text box or by clicking the up and down arrows that appear when you hover over the text box. Once you are satisfied with your Monitoring settings, click theDONE button at the bottom of the Monitoring Settings window.

 Activity Stream Widget


The Activity Stream widget allows you to stay up-to-date on progress being made on all stages, from all users across Superdesk. The displayed Activity Stream is the same, regardless of which topic desk the widget is on.

 By clicking the gear icon in the top-right corner of the Activity Stream widget, you can adjust the number of items that appear in your widget. In the Activity Stream Configuration window, select the number of items you wish to see, then click the SAVE button.


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