Layout is a basic component of Dashboard Designer that helps you build a structure for a dashboard. It has placeholders for charts, widget templates, custom widgets, or external URLs. Dashboard Designer displays two types of layouts, default layouts and custom layouts. Default layouts are the ready to use layouts that are already provided in the Dashboard Designer. However, you can also create your own layouts and save them as custom layouts. You can create multiple custom layouts, categorize them, and save them for future use.

You can define a layout for a dashboard only and not for a widget. Based on the layout, a dashboard can contain one or more placeholders. However, a widget contains only a single placeholder, but you can edit the layout of a widget and add multiple widget placeholders within a single widget to create a multi-chart widget. Thus, a single widget can host multiple widgets or charts.

For more information about multi-chart widgets, see Specialized widgets.

You can either select a default layout, a custom layout, or create a new custom layout when you create a dashboard. The All Layouts page displays the audit trail information for all the custom layouts. The audit trail information provides details of the user who created or modified the layout and the date and time when the layout was created or modified.