Google Data Studio is Google’s answer to an easy to use yet powerful data visualisation tool. In playing around with the tool and creating our own dashboards, we’ve noticed that there’s a flaw within the current tool setup that many would consider critical: there’s no way to export dashboards into PDF format directly from Data Studio!
Particularly for those of us that have worked for and with large corporates, the ability to export dashboards is essential. Executives often love to access the reports / dashboards on their mobile device (often offline such as on a plane) so it was somewhat surprising to find that this function wasn’t available.
However, the good news is that there is a workaround to this.
- Use Google Chrome’s Print function to save it as a PDF
If you’re using Google Chrome as your browser, choosing its Print function should render the Data Studio dashboard nicely.
Quite simple right?
It's this simple if you've got a single page dashboard! However, if your dashboard has multiple pages, then you've hit another bump in the road. You can only print out a singular page of your dashboard.
This is when a web page such as PDF Merge (www.pdfmerge.com) comes in wonderfully handy! With this, you can merge your PDF pages into a singular PDF file. Therefore, you can simply download each page of your dashboard individually locally then use PDF Merge to...well, merge them into a singular PDF file.
So in lieu of an in-built solution for Data Studio, you can “cheat” and use the above as a workaround - which will get you the required output with a bit of extra time than a (we wish!) simple "Print > PDF" function.
As long as you’re not required to distribute a 20 page Data Studio dashboard on a daily basis -- but that's probably a different problem!