The Dashboard is another word for the Control Panel. This is the first screen that you see when you log in to the Back End of Joomla with Administrator Rights. You can also get to the Dashboard at any time from a Back End or Administrative Interface screen by clicking on the Joomla logo at the top left of the screen.

In Joomla 3.+, the Dashboard or Control Panel displays links to the most common areas of the Administrative Interface on the left.  It also has a list of all the Logged-In Users, the Popular Articles and Recently Added Articles