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Matrix Report Overview

Explains how to view a matrix report from the HTML Viewer and describes  actions available in the viewer toolbar.

When you run a report in HTML mode, the result appears in the Report Viewer. You can view the report, add notes, modify it, export the report to Excel or PDF, drill down into dimensions to see additional details, change its parameter values, and click values in the report to launch the Cell Explorer.

Supported Report Type: Matrix Report

Report Viewer Toolbar


  • Return to undrilled report returns you to the pre-drilled state of the report.
  • Save provides an opportunity to save the report. This is convenient if changes were made in the Report Builder, but the report was not saved before it was run.
  • Save As provides an opportunity to save the report under a different name.
  • Save As Snapshot provides an opportunity to save the report as a Snapshot report, a saved copy of a report at a particular point in time.
  • Modify Report returns to the Report Builder, with the current report loaded.
  • Printable View displays the report in ExcelTM.
  • Export Report provides the choice to export to ExcelTM, PDF, or Template (if one is associated with this report)
  • Send Notification provides a way to send a report directly from the report viewer menu. This button only appears for users with the Send Notifications permission. 
  • Freeze/Unfreeze Headers allows you to freeze (or unfreeze) headers. Frozen headers stay in place when the report is scrolled.The lock on the icon will appear closed when headers are frozen, and open when they are not.
  • Show Information offers the choice to show or hide certain information about the report and its specifications.

Blanks and Zeros on Reports

A matrix report may display blanks because: 

  • The report or element properties is set to display zeroes as blanks. 
  • The cross sections of data do not exist. This could happen because the account has a coarser time configuration than the column. For example, the account may have monthly data when the column is displaying weekly data. Because there is no weekly data for the account, it displays a blank.  

A matrix report may display zeros because:

  • The value entered on the corresponding sheet cell is zero.  
  • The value has not been entered on the corresponding sheet cell yet.

Report Drill Down

With a report drill-down, you can open and close rollup items in the report viewer by clicking the plus or minus sign next an element in the rows axis of the report.

A row without a plus or minus sign cannot be opened further and will appear as a link. Click this link choose a dimension from the  Drill Into Menu. Dimensions include accounts, levels, custom dimensions such as product or region, or time – that are not included in the rows or columns axes of the report. Choosing one of these drill-downs, such as level, takes you to a new browser window, which displays the underlying level detail for the selected account.

When you are done viewing the drill-down information, click the Reports link in the breadcrumb at the top of the page or return to the main Reports page.

Explore Cell

When a matrix report is enabled for exploring, you can click the numbers on the report to launch a separate Explore Cell window. Exploring cells is available for GL accounts, Custom accounts, Modeled accounts, Metric accounts, Assumptions, and Cube accounts, but is not available for report calculations.

See Explore Cells for details.

To enable a report for exploring:

  1. From the toolbar, select Modify Report to open the Report Builder.
  2. From the toolbar, select Report properties.
  3. In the Report Properties dialog box, select Allow drill down from the Display tab.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Save the report.

Report Parameters

If a report contains parameters, the parameters will appear as drop-down lists at the top of the report in the Matrix Report Viewer. You can change the filtering of the report by making different selections in the parameter drop-down list/lists. Here is a description of the buttons that appear next to the drop-downs:

Run Report
reRunReport.png Once you have selected new values for the parameters on the report, click this button for the report to re-run with the updated  values.

Reset Parameters
reportResetParameters.png Resets the parameter controls to their initial values

Prompting Parameters

Prompting parameters are optionally specified when a report is created. If a report contains a prompting parameter, running the report will first show you the Specify Report Parameter screen, which displays all prompting parameters. Two buttons are present at the bottom of this screen:

  • Run Report: Clicking this button runs the report based on the selections in the prompting parameters on this screen.
  • Show More Parameters: Clicking this button displays all parameters, including non-prompting parameters, associated with the report.

You can choose to save a parameterized report using either the Save or the Save As buttons in the toolbar section in the viewer. Using the Save button will save the report with the current parameter choices as the initial selection for the parameters. Any existing prompting parameters will remain as prompting parameters.

Using the Save As button to save the report will show the Save As dialog where you can select a new name and location for the report, along with an additional check box to disable prompting for all parameters. If you choose to remove prompting by checking the check box, all existing prompting parameters will be made non-prompting. The current parameter choices will be saved as the initial selection for the parameters.

Report Notes

Add notes to your reports to collaborate on explanations, comments, and questions within matrix reports. They are comments that you add to describe the specific values and data that appear on a report. Notes can refer to the whole report or to specific line items. You can add notes as threaded comments or as final variance explanations. You can view and export report notes either within the body of the report or as footnotes. See Add or Delete Matrix Report Notes for more information. See Use Report and Line Notes for Budget Reviews for a business example.

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