Everything coming to the Home Assistant dashboard in version 0.117

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I would never have expected it to happen this fast but in all likelihood, the new and official compact header is making its return in Home Assistant 0.117 alongside a number of improvements to the Lovelace dashboard. Developer Zack Barett showed off the changes currently included in the beta version of Home Assistant. These not only include the aforementioned compact header but also an interesting looking quick bar, changes to the weather card, and improvements to the entity picker search. There is no guarantee that all the changes will make it into the upcoming release but the chances are very high.

The new compact header

The biggest and most sought after change coming to a Home Assistant near you is of course the compact header. The official compact header is developed by the same person who brought us the popular custom component. That person goes by the name of maykar and can be sponsored on GitHub (they definitely deserve it!).

The new and official compact header in the Home Assistant dashboard

As already alluded to in an earlier article, the official compact header won’t have all the bells and whistles the custom component had. It will do one thing only but it will do that thing well and in all upcoming releases of Home Assistant: shrink the massive forehead the Home Assistant dashboard displays per default.

The compact header is great news for everyone who primarily uses mobile devices to display their Home Assistant dashboard. Being able to shrink the header down to a more manageable size also makes it much more suitable for wall-mounted tablets.

The new quick bar

Another interesting and potentially very useful addition to the Home Assistant dashboard is what is being called the quick bar. On any view in your Home Assistant dashboard, you can click CTRL + P to bring up a list box of all available entities. Using the quick bar you can search for entities and run commands.

The quick bar in the Home Assistant dashboard showing available entities
The quick bar in the Home Assistant dashboard showing available commands

Searching for entities as simple as hitting CTRL + P and then typing out the name of your entity. But if hit CTRL + P a second time a list of available commands will appear which you can execute right there from the Home Assistant dashboard.

Changes to the weather card

The text for the secondary information on the weather card has now been replaced by an icon which will make sure that it won’t overlap any other information. You will also be able to change the information displayed in that field. If you’re not interested in the humidity you can change it to the air pressure, ozone levels, or any of the available options.

The updated weather card in the Home Assistant dashboard
The updated weather card in the Home Assistant dashboard

This one is a small but very useful improvement. You used to be only able to search for the entity ID when editing your Lovelace cards. For example, if you had an automation with the title Lock doors at night and the ID automation.ticker that entity wouldn’t show up when searching for night. In version 0.117 that will change and you will no longer have to remember the exact ID when searching for entities to place on your Home Assistant dashboard.

The improved entity picker in the Home Assistant dashboard

Everything else

There are a handful of other improvements which are all detailed in Zach Barett’s video. If you’re interested in knowing what is coming up I suggest you take the time to watch his content. For this article, I’ve only cherry-picked the most interesting changes. Development on Home Assistant is continuing at a very rapid pace and depending on when you’re reading this, certain things might already be out of date.

Liam Alexander Colman, the author and maintainer of Home Assistant Guides.

About Liam Alexander Colman

Liam Alexander Colman has been using Home Assistant for various projects for quite some time. What started off with a Raspberry Pi quickly became three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-blown server. I now use Unraid as my operating system, and Home Assistant happily runs in a Docker container. My personal setup includes many Zigbee devices as well as integrations with existing products such as my Android TV box. Read on to find out more on how I got started with Home Assistant.

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