How to save a question
Whenever you’ve arrived at an answer that you want to save for later, click the Save button in the top right of the screen. This will also save the visualization option you’ve chosen for your answer.
A modal will appear, prompting you to give your question a name and description, and to pick which collection to save the question in. Note that your administrator might have set things up so that you’re only allowed to save questions in certain collection, but you can always save items in your Personal Collection. After saving your question, you’ll be asked if you want to add the question to a new or existing dashboard.
Now, whenever you want to refer to your question again you can find it by searching for it in the search bar at the top of Metabase, or by navigating to the collection where you saved it.
Downloading your question’s results
You can export the results of a question by clicking on the download arrow (a down arrow in a cloud) in the lower right of the screen, or from a chart on a dashboard by clicking on the three dot (…) menu in the upper right or a dashboard card.
Results can be downloaded as:
The maximum download size is 1 million rows. Exported .xlsx files preserve the formatting defined in the question: date and currency formats are kept throughout, as well as column ordering and visibility. Files names for the exported question will include a slug of the question title, so you can easily distinguish files when exporting multiple questions.
Exporting charts as images
You can download most charts (excluding table and number charts) as images in .png format.
- From a question: click on the download arrow (a down arrow in a cloud in the bottom right) and select .png.
- From a dashboard card: click on the three dot (…) menu in the upper right of the card and select .png.
You can’t download the image of a dashboard, but you can set up a dashboard subscription.
Editing your question
Click into the question’s title to edit the name of your question.
Open the three dot (…) menu to:
- Verify this question
- Add to dashboard
- Move to another collection
- Turn into a model
Click the info icon to:
- Add a description
- Edit the cache duration*
- View revision history
* Available on paid plans.
Bookmark a question
Click the bookmark icon to pin a question to your Metabase sidebar. See Bookmarks.
Building on saved questions
To use a saved question as the basis for another question, you can:
- Open the three dot (…) menu > Turn into a model.
- Create a new question and search for your saved question under Pick your starting data.
- Refer to the question in a SQL query.
Caching question results
Caching question results is only available on Pro and Enterprise plans (both self-hosted and on Metabase Cloud).
See Caching per question.
Sharing questions with public links
If your Metabase administrator has enabled public sharing on a saved question or dashboard, you can go to that question or dashboard and click on the sharing icon to find its public links. Public links can be viewed by anyone, even if they don’t have access to Metabase. You can also use the public embedding code to embed your question or dashboard in a simple web page or blog post.
To share a question, click on the arrow pointing up and to the right in the bottom right of the question.
Setting up alerts
You can set up questions to run periodically and notify you if the results are interesting. Check out Alerts.