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Dimensions Interface Tour

Introduces you to the dimension interface in modeling.

Dimensions Interface Tour

1 Toolbar: Take actions with the buttons and drop-downs.

2 Dimension list: Expand the list of dimensions to view the values. The blue dots mean the value is in use. 

3 Dimension settings: Update settings and dimension names. 


Button: Description:
createDimension.png Creates dimensions.
addDimensionValues.png Create dimension values.
printView.png Downloads dimensions to an Excel spreadsheet. For derived dimensions, you can export the dimension mapping.
ImportAccountStructure.png Import edits or new dimensions and dimension values. For derived dimensions, you can import the dimension mapping. 

Dimension Settings

Field Name: Description:


Name Must be unique and not match any existing dimension or attribute names. 
Short name If not specified, dashboards shortens the name to fit in charts.
List Dimension


Select if you want to:

  • Hide the dimension values from certain versions. 
  • Tag the dimension's values with attribute values.

Uncheck if you want to:

  • Use the dimension to tag levels
  • Create a hierarchical list.
Use on levels

Lets you tag levels with the dimension values. The dimension appears as a drop-down in the level settings.

You must first uncheck List Dimension.

Data import automatically creates dimension values

Adds dimension values when you import data using:

(Levels dimensions only) Adds dimension values when you import a new level structure using:

Keep sorted Sorts the dimension values in alphabetical order. Uncheck it if you want to control the order.
Use mapping criteria to set dimension value on modeled sheets

Sets a dimension to have its dimension value in a modeled sheet to be based on user defined mapping criteria.

Custom Properties


Add Custom Property

Creates text fields in the dimension's values that let you associate numerical model information. Add up to five properties. Edit the dimension values to assign custom property values. 

See Create Custom Properties.

Dimension Value Settings

Field Name: Description:


Parent Identifies the rollup dimension value for hierarchical dimensions. 
View Dependencies Shows which formulas reference the dimension value. 

Version Settings

List dimensions only. 

All versions Indicates the dimension value is visible in all versions.
Specific versions

Indicates the dimension value is visible in select versions.

Select a version from the drop-down to check or change the visibility. Save the dimension value settings for each change.

Available in version

Indicates if the value appears or doesn't appear in the version selected from the drop-down. 

Read-only when you select the All versions radio button or Actuals from the drop-down. All dimension values must be available in actuals.  

See Hide Dimension Values from Versions.

Dimension Attributes

List dimensions only. 

A drop-down for each of the dimension's dimension attributes.  Tags the dimension value with the attribute value you select from the drop-down. See Create Attributes and Attribute Values.

Custom Properties



Text fields for each of the dimensions custom properties.

Associates the dimension value with information. Values can only contain numeric characters.

Available only if the dimension has custom properties. 

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