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Manual Publishing in Google Data Studio

Manual Publishing activates the draft version setting, so you work on the draft version while viewers are viewing the published report.

By publishing reports manually, you can control when report viewers can see the report changes you have made. By default, viewers see these changes in real-time. However, manual publishing reports allows editors to work on a draft version of a report even when viewers are viewing the published version. Then, when you're ready to show the new version, you can publish it.

Manual Publishing in Google Data Studio
Manual Publishing in Google Data Studio

Follow these steps to enable manual publishing in Google Data studio.

  1. Select File > Publishing settings

  2. Turn on report publishing

Publish changes: to publish a draft version

  • Click Publish in the upper right corner

  • Click Publish in the confirmation dialog

Manual Publishing in Google Data Studio

To switch between draft and published reports

Click the dropdown selector next to the report name to see the published or draft version. Example below

💡 Only the report owner and editor can see the draft report or the published report in view mode. Viewers can only see the published report.
Manual Publishing in Google Data Studio

Copy a report with report publishing turned on

  • If you are an editor or owner of the report, the copy contains both the draft and published version.

  • If copying the report is turned on for the viewer, the copy only contains the published version of the report.

💡 Notes:

  • Revoke data source credentials will result in a "failed to get data" error in the published version

  • Removing a data source from the report will result in an "unknown data source" error in the published version.

  • Moving a data source to the Trash will return a "data set configuration error" in the published version.

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