Copy and paste elements
Sigma's copy-and-paste functionality allows you to replicate elements in various locations. You can copy and paste an element within its originating workbook, or you can copy an element from one workbook and paste it in another.
The ability to copy and paste elements requires the following:
- Account type permissions: Explore workbooks or Create, edit, and publish workbooks
- Workbook permission: Can explore, Can edit, or Owner
Copy and paste an element
Copy an element, then paste it in an empty space or directly below an existing element in the destination workbook. If you copy a child element, its lineage is also copied and pasted.
Linked input tables don't currently support copy-and-paste functionality. However, you can copy empty input tables and all data, UI, and control elements.
Copy the element
- Open a workbook in any mode, then select or hover over the element you want to copy.
- In the element toolbar, click More to open the element menu, then select Copy element. The original element and all applicable parent elements in its lineage are copied.
Paste the element in an empty space
- Open the destination workbook in Explore or Edit mode, then find an empty space in the canvas.
Right-click the empty space to open the action menu, then select Paste element.
A replica of the original element is added to the empty space.
Paste the element below an existing element
- Open the destination workbook in Explore or Edit mode, then select or hover over an existing element.
In the element toolbar, click More to open the element menu, then select Paste element below.
A replica of the original element is added below the existing element.
Frequently asked questions
How do the Copy/Paste element actions differ from the Duplicate action? When should I use each?
|Action type||Single workbook action||Cross-workbook action|
|Content copied||Original element only||Original element + lineage|
|Destination||Current workbook/page||Any workbook/page|
|Lineage association||Original and duplicate reference the same lineage||Original and replica reference separate lineages|
When you select Duplicate in the element menu, Sigma immediately adds a duplicate directly below the original element in the same workbook and page. If the original is a child element, the duplicate shares its lineage. In other words, the original and its duplicate reference the same parent elements in the workbook. Changes applied to a parent element are reflected in the original and its duplicate. This feature is recommended when you need to create a duplicate in the same workbook containing the original element.
When you select Copy element in the element menu, Sigma copies the element to the browser. You can then select Paste element to add a replica of the copied element to any workbook and page across your organization. If the original element is a child element, its lineage is also copied and pasted to the destination workbook page. In this case, the original and its replica are disassociated and don't share the same lineage (they reference separate parent elements). This feature is recommended when you need to replicate the original element in a different workbook.
If I copy a child element, but its parent element exists in a different page of the workbook, does Sigma still replicate the parent element in the destination?
Yes. The element's entire lineage is copied, regardless of a parent element's location in the originating workbook. In the destination workbook, however, child and parent elements are pasted to the same page.
Can I copy an element and paste it to a workbook in a different organization?
No. An element can only be copied and pasted between workbooks created in the same Sigma organization.
Are control elements copied and pasted with an element?
Yes, most control elements that affect the original element and its lineage are copied and pasted to the destination workbook page. An exception occurs when a parameter control affects an element with a custom SQL source. For more information, refer to the following question about copying and pasting custom SQL elements.
Can I copy and paste a custom SQL element?
Yes. An element with a custom SQL source can be copied and pasted whether it's the original element or part of its lineage. Related parameter controls aren't replicated with the custom SQL element, but they can be copied and pasted separately. In the destination workbook, the custom SQL element automatically remaps to the copied control element or an existing parameter control with the same control ID.
How are permissions applied when I copy and paste an element between different workbooks? Who can view the element's data?
The ability to view an element's data depends on a user's access to the data source. When you share a workbook with a user who doesn’t have access to a particular element’s data source (the source dataset or connection table), the user can view that element’s data in the shared workbook only. If the user copies the element and pastes it to another workbook, the replica doesn’t load any data in the destination workbook page, and Sigma notifies the user that they don't have access.
Are an element's filters carried over when it's copied and pasted?
Yes. If filters are already applied to the original element at the time it's copied, those filters are applied to the replica in the destination workbook page. This also applies to parent elements that are copied and pasted as part of the original element's lineage.
Can I copy and paste an entire workbook page?
No. At this time, workbook pages cannot be copied and pasted.