Personal views are a special view configuration type that allows collaborators with creator, editor, or commenter permissions to create views that can only be customized by the view's current owner. In other words, only the owner of a personal view can customize that view's filters, grouping, field visibility, field order, sorts, row heights, and record coloring.
Personal views are also hidden from other collaborators' view sidebars by default. This makes personal views the perfect tool to create tons of views to play around with visualizing a table's data—without worrying about affecting other collaborator's views or their view sidebar. Personal views are currently available for bases within workspaces on Pro and Enterprise plans.
NOTEIf you have commenter-level permissions on a base, a personal view is the only kind of view that you can make.
Personal views are a premium feature available for bases within workspaces on Pro and Enterprise plans. For more information on Airtable's plans and pricing, see our pricing page.
Personal views really shine whenever you want to create a view relevant to a specific, personalized, workflow. For example, you could create a personal view with filters to only show the tasks you have been assigned to work on. By making the view personal, instead of collaborative, you can ensure that no other collaborators can accidentally alter your carefully crafted views.
If you're looking for a way to stop all collaborators from changing the configuration of a view that the entire team uses, you might want to lock the view instead.
To start, click on the view sidebar and navigate to the view you would like to turn into a personal view—or create a new view and configure it to your specifications. Next, open that view's menu by clicking on the name of the view you'd like to change at the top of the screen (as shown in the below screenshot). By default, the view will be a collaborative one: meaning that all collaborators with editor permissions, and above, can edit that view's configuration.
By hovering over the current view configuration type, you can access the available view configuration types and select the "Personal view" option to make the current view into a personal view.
You can also choose to lock a view from this menu—learn more about locked views here.
By default, when you open up the view menu you will only see collaborative views and your own personal views (which are marked with your user's profile avatar after the view's name).
Clicking on the gear in the view sidebar, next to the "Find a view" text, will reveal a dropdown with a toggle to "Show everyone's personal views". Toggling the "Show everyone's personal views" option will reveal the personal views of other users. Each personal view's owner will be indicated by the owner's avatar next to the views they own.
Hovering over a personal view will reveal both the name of the person that personal view was created by, as well as the current owner:
If you select another person's personal view, you will be able to see that view, but not configure or edit it in any way.
However, you can duplicate another person's view to use their view configuration for a new collaborative view, or for a personal view of your own:
What happens to the "original" collaborative view if I choose to change it into a personal view?
If you choose to switch a non-personal view to a personal view, then it is worth pointing out that the "original" view will not remain after converting to a personal view. As a best practice tip, duplicate any views you wish to keep before converting them to a personal view.
Can I have a table with a single personal view?
You cannot make the only view in a table into a personal view. For every table, there must always be at least one collaborative grid view accessible to everyone in the workspace.
What happens when you duplicate a base containing personal views?
When you duplicate a base with personal views, those personal views will remain, even if the collaborator that created those views is no longer on the base.
What happens to the personal views of a collaborator who is removed from a base or workspace?
Personal views for removed collaborators will remain on the base, even after that collaborator is removed. If you are an owner, or creator, on a base's workspace you could choose to remove that view.
Can you remove a personal view created by a collaborator who has been removed from that base?
Any owner, or creator, on a base's workspace can delete a personal view created by a collaborator, removed or otherwise.