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Creating My First Report Using Jet Reports

Today I will discuss, how to create reports in Excel using Jet Reports.

Below links will be helpful to refresh what I have shared till now:

Installing Jet Express for Excel – Navision 2015

Installing and Publishing the Jet Business Objects on the Microsoft Dynamics Server

Publishing the Jet Data Source Codeunit to the Web Service

Enable SOAP Services and identify connection parameters

Configuring a Data Source in Jet Express

Using Jet Report NL Function

Using Jet Report NF Function

Using Link in Jet Reports

We will be using NL Functions.

Also we will introduce few Arguments for NL Function.

Below Table describes the same:

Parameter Argument Description
“Link” Returns a string value that can be used as a filter in another NL function
“LinkField” Returns a string used to retrieve a field from a link table in an NL(Table) function.
“Table” Creates an Excel table object based on the field values returned. Leaving the Field argument blank returns all fields. Use a Field Cache to return multiple fields.
“Headers=” Overrides field headers with the array of headers specified by the Filter argument. For use with an NL(Table) or NL(Lookup) function.
“TableName=” Specifies the name to use for the Excel table object created by NL(Table) with the name in the Filter parameter. Use this to refer to the table by name from a Pivot table.
“Filters=” Specifies a set of filters for the query with an array of filters specified by the Filter argument.
“InclusiveLink=” Links the primary table to the one specified by the Filter argument for the purpose of retrieving data.
“IncludeDuplicates=” When the value of the Filter argument is TRUE, specifies that all matching records from the source data will be included in the NL(Table) results.

We will design below report to see how Jet Report is designed.

Below describes the Formulas need to be inserted in respective cells.

Make sure you add ‘=’ in front of Formulas as defined in Data Type Column.

Cell Reference Formula Data Type
F10 NL(“Link”,”Item”,,”No.”,”=Item No.”) Formula
G10 NL(“Link”,”Customer”,,”No.”,”=Source No.”) Formula
F11 Entry No. Text
G11 Document No. Text
H11 Posting Date Text
I11 Item No. Text
J11 Item – Description Text
K11 Gen. Prod. Posting Group Text
L11 Customer No. Text
M11 Customer   Name Text
N11 Item Ledger Entry Quantity Text
F12 Entry No. Field Names
G12 Document No. Field Names
H12 Posting Date Field Names
I12 Item No. Field Names
J12 NL(“LinkField”,”Item”,”Description”) Formula
K12 NL(“LinkField”,”Item”,”Gen. Prod. Posting Group”) Formula
L12 Source No. Field Names
M12 NL(“LinkField”,”Customer”,”Name”) Formula
N12 Item Ledger Entry Quantity Field Names
E13 NL(“Table”,”Value Entry”,$F$12:$N$12,”Headers=”,$F$11:$N$11,


“InclusiveLink=Value Entry”,$G$10,”IncludeDuplicates=”,”True”)


Although you can directly key in the text for NL commands and functions as formula. Below I show the Function Wizards for better understanding and how to use the same. All marked as Formula in above Table.

For Rest marked as Text or Field Names, you can key them directly in respective cells.

The output of Report will as below:

Stay tuned for upcoming posts for more detailed information.

I understand above example is bit complex I will come up with more simple and basic reports for beginners in my upcoming posts.


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