In a workspace project, I want to pull historical data for a page that has not been visited for ~8 months.
Usually when I want to look at a specific page, I hover over the Page dimension, and click the little carat/arrow that appears, then search for my one page and drag it into a freeform table.
However, when I click the little carat/arrow, I'm taken to a list of pages that only go back a maximum of 6 months/180 days. Obviously the page I want was last accessed beyond that time frame. I can't re access the page to make it appear in Analytics because of strong redirects.
I know I can look at the entire Page dimension for my past date range, but that would be overkill, as I'm trying to look at a few dozen specific pages and would like to assemble the table manually. I could make a segment for my list of pages, but for this project, I'd have to probably do 3x the work building and vetting the list of pages, as theyre too old to autofill in a Page = xxxx segment either.
It's a bit hacky, but you could modify an image request on your site to contain the page values so they'll show up again.
Go to your site
Open the developer console
Find the image request
Open the image URL in a new tab
Change the URL query string so the page name is the encoded value of what you're looking for
Repeat for the pages you want to see in reporting
Beyond that, you can use a segment as you said. The nice thing about segments is that you don't need to use autofill - you can just enter the value you know it's supposed to be, then set the date range accordingly.