How to add a Custom Text Area Widget to your Dashboard

This template allows you to add custom notes, messages, images, tables and more, anywhere on your dashboard. These widgets are usually static text areas that are used as a point of reference for the end user. While there are probably hundreds of uses, we’ll provide just a few examples to get you started.

General Text Formatting

Most use cases involve adding text and doing some basic formatting, so that’s what we’ll begin with.

types of different text formatting

For additional text formatting tips, visit the resources provided at the end of this article.

Text Alignment

You can use inline CSS to change where your text is displayed.

Left Text {style="text-align: left;"}
Center Text {style="text-align: center;"}
Right Text {style="text-align: right;"}

Line Breaks

By default markdown doesn’t have line breaks when text is entered on multiple lines. Add a backslash (\) at the end of the line to create a line break.


Some customers like to use the Text Area widget as a divider on the page that contains Text. However, when the text area widget is squished to it’s smallest vertical footprint, Headings (that you learned about above), don’t fit on the widget. This is because there is a default margin around heading. However, this can be removed using CSS.

This is a heading (##) that I have removed the top margin on (margin-top: 0;), aligned in the center (text-align: center;), and colored orange (color: orange;).

## This is a heading dividing the page into two sections  {style="margin-top: 0; text-align: center; color: orange;"}
widgets with an orange divider

Custom Alert

Need users to be aware of certain information regarding the dashboard? Create alerts of custom sizes that’ll catch their attention.

custom alert across the top of the page

Sample Markdown Language

#### Rome wasn't built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour. *Make sure you hit your numbers before you leave for the day!*{: style="color: red"} Days turn into weeks which turn into months which turn into years.


Sometimes your dashboard is kind to you. Other times it’s brutally honest and you might need a little pick me up. Nothing like an inspirational quote to do the trick.

widget with a custom quote on the right-hand side of the page

Sample Markdown Language

> ## "Where performance Is measured, performance improves. Where performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates."

Links & Buttons

Here are a few examples of links and buttons of various colors and sizes:

gif hovering over each of the button types

Sample Markdown Language

[Visit Parsey](  
[Visit Parsey]({class="btn btn-default btn-xs"}  
[Visit Parsey]({class="btn btn-info btn-sm"}  
[Visit Parsey]({class="btn btn-primary btn-default"}  
[Visit Parsey]({class="btn btn-success btn-lg"}  
[Visit Parsey]({class="btn btn-danger btn-lg btn-block"}

Custom Image

Let’s say you’re the sentimental type and want to have that special someone looking at you while you look at your dashboard. We’ve got you covered! Simply replace the image source URL below with the URL of your hosted custom image. Alternatively, you could copy our code exactly to have Violet on your dashboard, but look out for Screech. Okay, okay, you can also do something cool like add your company logo to the dashboard.

custom image of nerdy girl on the right next to graphly reports

Sample Markdown Language

![alt text]( "Violet Anne Bickerstaff"){:width="100%"}

Custom Hyperlinked Image

So now that you’re familiar with links as well as images, how do you put them together? If you’d like to insert a custom image that is clickable and will open up a specific web page in a new tab, follow these steps:

text area report with a company logo inside of it

Sample Markdown Language

[![Visit Parsey]( "Visit Parsey"){:width="100%"}](


Want to push a weekly video update to your team? While you can’t play a video within Graphly, you can insert a link to a YouTube video with it’s image still. Simply replace our image video Id “Uj1ykZWtPYI” with another video Id in the two locations below. Or leave the video Id as is so your team can view R2’s secret message.

text area widget with thumbnail of a custom video that links to the video itself

Sample Markdown Language

[![R2D2's Secret Message](](


Need to reference static data that can be difficult to remember? Check out the table below that acts as a reminder of which employees are assigned to each team.

text area report with a table of custom names listed

Sample Markdown Language

| Sales Team A | Sales Team B | Sales Team C | 
| :--- |:--- | :--- | 
| Jarrod | Brennen | Emma | 
| Dustin | Michael | Sterling | 
| Andrew | Liberty | Clayton | 
| Amanda | Brett | Tanner | 
| Colton | Dallin | JimBob | 


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