Creating the Dashboard
The first step is to go to the My Dash section and click on the "Add Dashboard" button.
Pick a good name for your dashboard, give it a description if you want, choose a category, and set it to public or private. When you're done, click "Create".
This brings up the Edit Dashboard layer.
Congratulations, you've just created your dashboard!
A dashboard is no fun without any widgets, so let's add one. Just click on the blue "+" button in the upper left corner. This brings up the add widget menu.
Choose a widget you want, and Dash will add it to your dashboard. Most of the time Dash will need to know more information about the widget, so Dash will stack the widget's configuration layer on top of the Edit Dashboard layer.
In this example I've added a Twitter Search widget and Dash needs to know what I want to search for. I'll choose the phrase "Pineapple Pizza".
When you're finished with the widget configuration, click the "Done" button and you'll see your dashboard again. Here's our new Twitter Search widget.
Dash lets you lay out your widgets using a freeform canvas. It's a lot like PowerPoint where you can resize, move, and rotate things however you want. If you have one widget that covers another widget, Dash automatically moves the smaller one to the front.
You can select multiple widgets at once by clicking and dragging on the canvas, or by holding down the shift key and clicking the ones you want to select.
Don't worry about dragging widgets too far to the right. The canvas will grow as wide as you need it to, and things will only seem too wide when you're editing the dashboard. For example, here we've dragged the blue square to the far right of the canvas.
All you have to do is scroll right to edit that part of the dashboard.
When you're done editing your dashboard, Dash will automatically scale everything so it fits perfectly on the screen. There's no need to worry about things being too wide or too narrow!