Page Selectors

Anaplan can display more than two dimensions on a grid: one on columns; one on rows; and any remaining dimensions on page selectors (one for each dimension). Page selectors are displayed across the top of a grid with individual values for the dimension displayed in the dropdown. Use the Search box to search for a page in a page selector.

Anaplan Module with grid and and a page selector selected

Page selectors help to filter the information displayed, limiting the view of data to that relating to a particular value for the dimension. Where there are multiple page selectors, this can provide a flexible and focused approach to data analysis.

Time, versions, lists, list subsets, line items, and line item subsets can all be pivoted to display as page selectors on a module grid. They can then be published with a grid or chart to a dashboard, or as independent page selectors.

Page selectors or nested dimensions?

If you prefer not to use page selectors, you can nest dimensions on the rows and columns of a grid but, if the data set is large, the view of the data may be cumbersome.

Anaplan Module Grid with Nested Dimensions and no page selectors.

Page selector values

Because they display a dimension, page selectors must always contain a value — they can’t be blank.

When a module is saved, the values in page selectors are saved and will display the next time the module is opened. However, unless Synchronized Paging is enabled, saving a value for a page selector in a module does not affect the value displayed in that same element on a dashboard — page selectors on dashboards can be configured separately to those in the originating module.

Independent page selectors

Although independent page selectors can’t have any manual configuration applied to them, Synchronized Paging is automatically enabled for each one.

Page selectors on dashboards

The dimensions of a module can be published to a dashboard using the Publish Page Selectors to Dashboard option on the View menu in a module grid (Time and Version are automatically included).

The values displayed on page selectors in a module do not dictate the values displayed on those same page selectors when published to a dashboard. Each page selector can be configured separately. Consequently, it can sometimes look as though page selectors are out of sync with each other as different page selectors on a single dashboard could have specific values, the Default setting, or Synchronized Paging applied to them.

Global context

When a dashboard is opened, if values:

  • have been specified in the Selection Options section of the Dashboard Designer, they are displayed until a user makes a selection.
  • haven’t been specified in Selection Options (Synchronized Paging is not enabled and Initial Page is set to Default) global context values are applied to dashboard elements.

Global context can also be set by Actions such as Create, Open Dashboard, Copy, and Synchronize Hierarchy.

Selection Options — Pages

The configuration options in the Pages section of Selection Options (in the properties panel of the Dashboard Designer) enable administrators to control how page selectors on grids and charts display and the default values to display.

Current Period on a Time page selector

The default value for a page selector with a Time dimension is the Current Period (defined in Model Settings > Time > Model Calendar).

If you select a different value for a Time page selector and then:

  • reopen the module or the dashboard without closing the model — the new value will persist for the Time dimension.
  • close the model — when you reopen the model and open the module or dashboard, Current Period will be reinstated as the default value.

On dashboards, you can change the default page in Dashboard Designer: select the dashboard element and, in Selection Options > Time, choose a different value from the Initial Page dropdown.