Unlink Content

Visuals that are added to your presentation may be either "linked to" a parent discovery or local to the presentation. Where the visual is linked, any changes to its formatting (except for Panel Settings) and other details are made in Discover and flow through to any publications or presentations that the visual appears in. Where the visual is unlinked, it exists only in the presentation and can be edited, including formatting changes, without affecting the original discovery. You may want to unlink visuals from your presentations if you want to prevent any future changes to the discovery being included in your presentation or to enable formatting specifically for the presentation.

Note: By default, discoveries that are created in Present are one-off content items that exist only in the current presentation (are unlinked). Linked discoveries are typically created in advance in Discover and dragged onto your presentation from the content management menus.

When you unlink visuals, they can be edited without affecting the original visual in Discover, and vice-versa. This means you can:

  • Overwrite the themes and formatting applied to the visual from Discover, without affecting the original instance.
  • Edit the original content without affecting other presentations or publications that include the original visual.

Unlink Visuals

Unlink All

Unlink all visuals currently in the presentation.


Unlink a single selected content item using the Unlink button.

  1. Select the relevant visual on the canvas.
  2. From the Component ribbon, click Unlink.

When the original visualization in Discover is edited, the unlinked visual in the report will not be affected.

Unlink Slicer

If you add a Slicer to your presentation from a discovery, you can unlink that slicer from its source in order to add or remove elements without affecting the Discovery.

For more information, see the Editing Slicer Elements step in the topic Presentation Slicer.

Editing Visuals in Present

Make Shareable

If you want to save an unlinked discovery so that it can be edited in Discover and shared with other presentations and publications, right-click it and select Make Shareable from the context menu. You will need to save your visual as a content item with an identifiable name for future re-use.

Formatting Content

You can open the Formatting panel in Present and use it to:

  • Update the Panel Settings for your linked visual.
  • Update all of the formatting options, including Panel Settings, for your unlinked visual.
  • Click here for details about the Formatting panel in Present
  • Click here for details of the Panel Settings in the Formatting panel