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How to Share a Looker Studio Dashboard to Your Digital Signage Screen
How to Share a Looker Studio Dashboard to Your Digital Signage Screen
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Written by Michael Shargorodsky
Updated over a week ago

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Make the most of Looker Studio by displaying your reports and dashboards on your workplace screens

Looker Studio, formerly known as Google Data Studio, stands as a formidable player in the data visualization and business intelligence arena. It's a fantastic tool for simplifying complex datasets from multiple sources into user friendly reports and dashboards.

With so many options to make your data visually clear and digestible, it will shift your teams focus to their goals and progress, rather than managing data. By leveraging our Fugo TV Dashboards feature alongside Fugo's screen management capabilities, you can ensure that relevant data is displayed around your workspace, facilitating better decision-making and enhancing overall productivity.

Best practices for using Looker Studio with Fugo

We’ll get to the walkthrough in just a second - but first, let’s go over a couple of best practices that we recommend following whenever you’re connecting any third-party dashboard service with your Fugo CMS account:

1. Create a service account:

We've worked hard to develop the TV dashboards feature so that your sensitive data is completely secure. But as an extra precaution we highly recommend using a 'least privileged' service account when setting up your dashboards - this is usually an account that has read-only permissions for the dashboards you want to display on your screen(s.) You can read more about how to set up a service account with Google here.

2. Have your dashboard URL(s) handy

Because Fugo is going to record & repeat the steps you take to access your dashboard, we want to eliminate any unnecessary steps in the process that will slow Fugo down when accessing your dashboard, such as starting from the homepage of your platform and navigating to your chosen dashboard.

You'll need the URL of your specific dashboard that you want to display on screen ready when you start the process of capturing it with Fugo. Copy that URL and have it ready to paste into Fugo's dashboards step recorder.

Connect your screens to a Fugo account

1. Log into your Fugo Account. If you don’t have an account yet, you can start your 14-day free trial here.

2. Make sure your screen(s) are connected to Fugo CMS. If you haven’t connected your screen(s) yet, you can find the instructions for your preferred device in our hardware collection.

Configure your Looker Studio dashboard in Fugo

1. Click Dashboards in the top navigation bar to go to your Dashboard library. If you have not created any dashboards yet, this page will be empty.

Click Create Dashboard to get started.

2. This will launch a New Dashboard window.

3. First, you’ll need to enter the URL of your Looker Studio dashboard in the URL field and click Open Dashboard

Note: make sure your dashboard link is of the form:{id}

If there is text /preview/ at the end of the link, please remove it for a smoother login experience.

4. If you're creating a TV Dashboard for the first time, you'll be prompted to configure your Chrome browser to allow our recorder extension to run in incognito mode.

If you’ve done this before you can skip to step 11.

5. First, you'll need to install the Fugo Dashboard Recorder Chrome Extension.

6. This will open the Chrome Web Store in a separate tab. Click Add to Chrome to install the extension.

7. Go back to your tab with Fugo CMS. You will see a little blue checkmark on this step once you complete it.

8. Now you'll need to enable the extension to run in Incognito mode. Click Enable Allow In Incognito.

9. This will open the Extensions manager. Toggle on the Allow in Incognito option.

10. Back in your tab with Fugo CMS, you'll see both blue checkmarks now completed. Click Continue.

11. A pop-up window with our recorder will appear and prompt you to log into Looker Studio. Enter your login credentials as you normally would.

12. Once you’re signed in to your service, your dashboard will load. It's at this point that you'll instruct Fugo how to take the screenshot of your data. You have two options:

Option 1: Capture Dashboard

Clicking Capture Dashboard will take a full screenshot of everything in your dashboard.

Option 2: Element Eraser

Use the Eraser tool to get rid of certain elements on your dashboard that you don't want crowding your screenshot.

13. You'll be prompted to enter your secret key before the recorder can stop recording and try to fetch your dashboard with the notes it’s taken.

14. You’ll see a “loading” screen while Fugo runs through your steps (logged in the right-hand panel) and captures a preview of your dashboard. It can take some time depending on how many steps were involved - so don’t sweat it if it takes a minute or two!

15. Your dashboard should appear in the preview area.

💡 Note: If you see a “loading” screen inside the preview area instead, we recommend you navigate over to the Advanced Settings tab and use increase the number in the “PAUSE” box before coming back to the Home tab and selecting Retry on the right-hand side. This tells the Fugo recorder to wait before taking a screenshot, giving your dashboard plenty of time to load in!

16. If it all looks good, you can go ahead and publish it, or save it for later using the Publish or Save buttons in the bottom right corner.

Need more help?

Did this guide answer all of your questions? If not, or if you have any feedback for us, feel free to drop our support team an email at - we're always happy to help out.

You can also book in a dashboard support call with our engineering team here if you need some help getting this feature set up.

Happy publishing!

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