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2994110 - Refresh Button Disabled in Excel Report


You have created an Excel file and inserted some SAP reports into the sheets. You have saved this file locally on your machine. After a while, the Refresh button in the Excel file is grayed out and you cannot refresh the report(s) anymore.

This may happen after you edit and save the file, after a system upgrade, or even after no noticeable changes done.


  • SAP Business ByDesign Excel Add-In
  • SAP Cloud for Customer Excel Add-In

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Open the Excel file on your laptop.
  2. Log on to the Excel Add-In.

See that the Refresh button is grayed out.


Your file is likely quite old, and / or you have used macros and other Excel features to enhance the SAP reports. Such a file is static, but the SAP reports are dynamic, i.e. report metadata changes over time.

The longer you use such a file, the more users access it and the more Excel features are layered on top of SAP reports, the more likely it is that the connectivity between the SAP report in the system and the SAP report in your file will break, meaning that the system does not recognize the report in your file as a report anymore.


It is not possible to reinstate the connectivity.

We would recommend to always save Excel reports back to the system, rather than saving them locally. If you do need a local copy, we would recommend to regularly save a backup to the system, especially before you make changes to the file, so that you have a backup version of your reports.

See Also

2585720 - Refresh Button greyed out in Excel Add-in


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