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Sections and layout tab

Use the Sections and layout tab to manage the report layout and navigate to report sections.


Make sure that zoom is set to 100% in your operating system and in your browser. Other settings can cause editing issues.

To browse existing sections

The list on the left of this tab shows every section in the report.

Select a section to:

  • Change the section title
  • Change the section type
  • Change whether the report is visible
  • Open the section-level editor for that section (with the Edit section button)

To create a new section

  1. Important: Make sure that zoom is set to 100% in your operating system and in your browser. Other settings can cause editing issues.
  2. Edit the report.
  3. Insert a section placeholder.
    If there is no empty section (placeholder) where you want to add a section, select an existing section and then select one of these buttons:
    Insert row above inserts a placeholder above the selected section
    Insert row below inserts a placeholder below the selected section
    Insert column left inserts a placeholder to the left of the selected section
    Insert column right inserts a placeholder to the right of the selected section
    This will create a placeholder like:

    You can create up to seven columns and forty rows in a report. Just remember that large reports with many sections may cause browser performance problems. The placeholders serve as a graphical help in creating a report. They do not show the exact report layout, but help you arrange the report. In particular:
    • If you create a report with only one section (no matter how many placeholders the section takes), it will be adjusted to fit the whole screen.
    • If you create a report with several sections of different sizes (see Improving your report layout), the actual proportions between sections on the report may vary from the defined layout. This depends on the displayed data and internal section settings, such as the chart size.
  4. Drag and drop the new section. Select one of the available section types and drag it to the placeholder. For more information on section types, see Choosing a report section type.
  5. Select the Define Section button to define or verify section conditions.
    • Select dimensions and metrics.
    • For Interactive Table and Chart, Multi-Tier Infrastructure, and Application Health section types, verify default settings. These section types have previously defined sets of dimensions and metrics.
    • For the Universal Diagram section type, select exactly one dimension to be shown as data points.

Column settings

Use these settings to control column width and display behavior.

Handling empty sections

Select the Hide empty section check box for a section on the Sections and layout tab for your report if you want to hide that section when there is no relevant data to display. If that section has no data to display when you use it, you could see an empty space on your report where that section would be.

If leaving an empty gap in your displayed report is not suitable, however, select the Column layout check box on the Sections and layout tab. Then all column sections will automatically slide up to fill any empty sections.

Setting chart width and column width

When you add a Chart section to a report, the Width value defined on the Chart tab for that section is the width of the chart itself. The minimum size of a chart is 300 pixels wide and 170 pixels high. If you enter lower values, they are automatically increased to the minimums.

To display a chart, add another 24 pixels for column display overhead to calculate the total pixel width needed on the Sections and layout tab to display that chart. For example, if the Width value on the Chart tab is 300, the column width in which you display that chart section should be set on the Sections and layout tab to at least 324px (if you are defining an absolute pixel width for the column).

If you define a chart that is too wide for a column definition, NAM will display the message "The chart is too wide for the containing section." If you continue with that setting, the chart may not display correctly.

For more information on these settings, see Improving your report layout.


If you have editing issues, make sure that zoom is set to 100% in your operating system and in your browser.