New Relic Insights, our platform for real-time analytics and data visualization, helps customers better understand how their applications and infrastructure are performing, the quality of the end user experience they’re delivering, and how their business is running. In the past year, the Insights team has launched a variety of cool new features such as the Metric Explorer, the Dashboard Timepicker, and company-wide dashboards, all designed to make the dashboarding and data exploration experience more cohesive, customized, and easy to navigate.

Today, we’re excited to announce a new feature that allows customers to add notes to their dashboards: Dashboard Notes!

new relic insights dashboard notes example
A new “Add Dashboard Note” button in the upper right section of the Insights toolbar lets users add a Dashboard Note.

Text and charts, together!

While users have long been able to add notes to individual charts in Insights, there was previously no way to include text content on a dashboard alongside the data charts.

Good news! With Dashboard Notes, users can now create, add, and edit a note on any dashboard. Using Markdown, a simple and widely used formatting syntax, Dashboard Notes makes it easy to add custom content such as text, images, and links that are highly visible and easily accessible. (Note that to avoid potentially private information being shared without authorization, Dashboard Notes cannot be copied to other dashboards within the same account or cross-account.)

dashboard note markdown example
Clicking the “Add Dashboard Note” button launches an editor that lets users customize their note in Markdown, and see a live preview of how the formatting will look on the dashboard.

Multiple use cases for Dashboard Notes

Furthermore, this feature is incredibly flexible. Here are some sample use cases:

  • Create a postmortem dashboard following an incident, including notes about the details of the incident, why it occurred, when it occurred, and so on.
  • Attach a runbook URL to a dashboard so engineers and support teams can easily access supplemental information when an incident or outage occurs.
  • Add an image, perhaps of the relevant team or the owner of the dashboard, so that everyone immediately knows whom to contact with questions or updates.
  • Point users to external links, such as a source repo or other relevant dashboards.
fully formated dashboard note example
This screenshot shows the fully formatted Dashboard Note on the right.

Ultimately, Dashboard Notes is designed to let users add flexible and editable context that can be easily viewed and accessed by all the users of the dashboard. For more information, check out the documentation for Dashboard Notes here.

dashboard notes action menu example
Consistent with data charts in Insights, the Dashboard Notes action menu lets you expand, edit, and delete your notes.