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2588712 - Characteristics that are displayed as an Attribute in Reports


You found a field in a report (for example Report Profit Overview by Key Figure technical ID FINPRFU30_Q0002) via the Excel Add-in which was not available in the UI.


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Reproducing the Issue

You open a report in the UI and then navigate to the Excel Add-in. There you are able to find field XYZ (Where XYZ represents the field name) which you cannot find in the system  via Add Fields.


The field is not a characteristic. It is called an attribute.


You are looking to display an attribute in a report. In HTML5 all attributes are available via Add Fields (like normal characteristics).
But in Silverlight they are available from a different place.

To show an attribute in Silverlight please follow the below steps:

  1. Go to the Business Analytics Workcenter.
  2. Select Show Settings.
  3. Open the Characteristics Settings.
  4. In the General Tab under Characteristics in Rows, you will see one column called Attribute Shown.
  5. Select the value help for this, you will get a list of all available attributes for this characteristic.
  6. Now you can select an attribute and display it in the report.

See Also

More information can be found in the SAP Help Document Characteristic Settings available via the Help Center in SAP Business by Design.


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