This article shows you how to start using the Toolbar in the Astrato workbook editor.

Toolbar - Getting Started

You can find the Toolbar (Figure 1) on the left side of the workbook editor.

Figure 1: Toolbar

The toolbar contains a list of icons - Data Objects, Text, Images, Shapes, Templates and Sheets. At the bottom of the toolbar, there's also a Help icon which links to the Astrato Help Center. In the rest of the article, we'll look at each icon and show you how to add them to a sheet.

Note: We're working to expand the range of items available in the toolbar. If you see an icon which is greyed out, it's something we're going to add in the near future.

Data Objects

The Data Objects icon sits at the top of the toolbar (Figure 2). When you click the icon, you'll see a menu.

  • Visualizations are objects which you use to display your data.

  • Controls are objects used to manage the display within the visualization.

  • Choose the option you want, then either click or drag to add it to the sheet. You can edit the data object properties in the properties panel when you select it.

Figure 2: Data Object

Data objects are easily the largest group of settings you'll use in the toolbar, so you'll find more information about them in the Data Objects collection.


  • Click the Text icon, you'll add a text object to your sheet (Figure 3).

  • Enter the text and edit the text properties using the settings the properties panel.

  • Drag the edges of the object if you need to move or resize the text object.

Figure 3: Text


  • Click or drag the Image icon to add a default image object (Figure 4).

  • Enter an Image source in the properties panel (the URL where the image is stored) to add your own image.

  • Enter a Caption and select a display option if you require them.

  • Drag the edges of the object to move or resize the image.

Figure 4: Image


  • Click the Shapes icon opens a menu with a selection of shapes (Figure 5).

  • Click or drag the shape onto the sheet.

  • Drag the edges of the shape to move or resize it.

  • Edit the shape properties using the properties panel.

Figure 5: Shapes


Clicking the Sheets icon opens the Sheet layers menu (Figure 8) where you can add a new sheet, and click the dots to the right of the sheet name to manage the sheet properties. If you click the sheet name, you'll open a list of all the the data objects added to the sheet with controls for each object. You can read more about Manage Sheets in the Action Bar article.

Figure 7: Manage Sheets

Workbook Editor Articles

You can find more articles in the Astrato Help Center in the Workbook Editor collection, and in the Data Objects collection (for visualizations and controls).

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