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Apply a Theme and Next Steps

Apply a customized theme to your story and learn about the next steps to take in your journey of learning SAP Analytics Cloud
You will learn
  • How to apply a theme and adjust styling options
  • Where to learn more about SAP Analytics Cloud
katmchengKatryn ChengMay 5, 2022
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March 18, 2022


  • You have access to an SAP Analytics Cloud account
  • Step 1

    In Preferences, you can apply default page properties such as page background to both responsive and canvas pages. Furthermore, you can customize the font, color, and color palettes of story tiles such as charts, tables, shapes, input controls, and others.

    1. To apply a theme, select Preferences under the File tab in the Tool bar


    Customizing your own themes and styling is useful when creating stories that adhere to your company’s design standard.

    Let’s apply a custom color palette to our story that is based on our corporate colors.

    2. Go to Charts/Geo under Tile Settings

    3. Under Default Color Palettes, select the Standard palette

    4. Click + Create New Palette

    Theme 2

    5. Change the number of swatches from 9 to 6

    6. Change each swatch hex color code to the following (from left to right):


    7. Click Create

    Create New Palette

    8. Select apply to all pages, lanes, and tiles

    9. Click OK

    Theme 4

    This would then apply our imported palette to all the existing pages, lanes, and tiles in the story. On the other hand, applying to new pages, lanes, and tiles would only change the palette of charts we make from here on out.

    Click here to learn more.

  • Step 2

    Let’s further customize our story styling by making the top lane black with white text within as well as applying a grey gradient to our left lane.

    Top Lane

    10. Select the top lane and open the Styling tab in the Designer panel

    11. Choose black as the Background color

    Top Lane

    With a black background, let’s make our Numeric Point charts more visible by changing the text white.

    12. Click on a Numeric Point chart and open the Styling tab in the Designer panel

    13. Choose white as the Font color

    Make Text White

    14. Repeat Action 12-13 for the rest of the Numeric Point charts

    Make Text White 2

    Left Lane

    15. Click on the left lane

    16. Open the Styling tab in the Designer panel

    17. In the Lane Section under Background, select Gradient

    18. Click on the color scale and click + Create New Gradient

    Left Lane

    19. Change the left swatch to ccccce

    20. Change the right swatch to f2f2f2

    21. Click Create

    Theme 3

    Your dashboard should now look like this:

    Dashboard update

    22. Apply these same color formats to the top and left lane in the Sales Manager Overview page

    Sales Manager Overview styling

    Click here to learn more.

  • Step 3

    Let’s create a dynamic text that automatically updates the text based on the source input control or filter.

    23. In the Chart Action Menu of the textbox, click + Add and select Dynamic Text

    Dynamic Text

    24. Select the Dimensions tab in the left navigation bar

    25. Click Region

    26. Click Create

    Dynamic Text

    27. Add “Summary of Sales in” in front of the dynamic text to create a title like this:

    Dashboard update 2

    Click here to learn more. To finish off the story, let’s rename the titles of a few charts.

    28. Update the left lane title to “Page Filters”

    29. Update the “Gross Margin per Date” chart title to “Gross Margin over Time”

    30. Update the “Quantity sold, Sales Revenue per Date” chart title to “Quantity sold, Sales Revenue over Time”

    Update Titles

    31. In the Sales Manager Overview page, update the left lane title to “Page Filters”

    32. Select Remove in the Chart Action Menu of the empty text object

    Update Titles in Sales Manager Overview

    It is best practice to save regularly. Before moving on, click Save.

  • Step 4

    Congratulations on completing the last group of tutorials! You have now learned the capabilities offered in SAP Analytics Cloud and created an entire dashboard. With this knowledge, you can now interact with and create dashboards on your own.

    Here are a few resources to learn more about SAP Analytics Cloud:

    1. The SAP Analytics Cloud Community contains the most updated resources on SAP Analytics Cloud such as blogs, videos, and webinars from the most basic to advanced features.
    2. The Help Portal is your place to go to for detailed product documentation.
    3. SAP Analytics Training YouTube Channel contains various demo tutorials and is extremely effective for learning how to use specific SAP Analytics Cloud features.
    4. Introducing SAP Analytics Cloud Learning Journey introduces you to the different parts of SAP Analytics Cloud, including many demonstrations.

    We wish you all the best in your journey of learning, using, and creating in SAP Analytics Cloud!

  • Step 5

    Which feature allows you to customize the font, color, and color palettes of story tiles?

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