Lab Create: Hiding Rows and Columns

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes


The ReportHideRowOrColumn() function allows you to hide rows columns when they are not needed, for example if a row contains no data. In the first example, you will hide rows containing a total value of zero. The second example shows how to hide columns using the same function and for a similar reason.

Once completed, these two features can be combined to hide, without eliminating, certain unneeded values and generally clean up the presentation of your financial reports.

Both of these examples use the Customer Aging Detail report created in a previous walk through. You can navigate to the report by opening the Customer Collections report in the Interject Demo folder of the Report Library .

Hiding Rows

Step 1: With the report opened to the CustomerAgingDetail tab, type “Market” into the company name filter and pull the data using Ctrl+Shift+J or the pull button. Notice on row 61 that Great Lakes Market has an entry with zero value. Rows like this are what we’ll hide using the ReportHideRowOrColumn function.

Step 2: Unfreeze the report formula panes by clicking the Quick Tools icon in the ribbon menu and selecting Freeze/Unfreeze Panes.

Step 3: Insert a row above row 31, and in cell G30 type “For Backward Compatibility”. Then in cell H30 enter the formula =ReportCalc() and click fx. Enter the following into the Function Wizard:

  • For OnPullSaveOrBoth, type Pull
  • For OnClearRunOrBoth, type Both
  • For SheetOrWorkbook, type Sheet
  • For SheetName, type CustomerAgingDetail

Step 4: Type Hide/Show Inv w/0 Subs in cell K27. Then type =ReportHideRowOrColumn() in cell L27.

Step 5: With cell L27 still selected, click on the fx button to open the formula wizard.

  • For OnPullSaveOrBoth, type Pull
  • For OnClearRunOrBoth, type Both
  • For RowOrColumnRange, enter C43:C44 (this will copy the formula through all rows of the report)
  • For Disabled, do not enter anything
  • Hit OK

Step 6: Now, in cell C16, type =IF(P16=0,”Hide”,”Show”). This specifies how to handle 0 values based on the formula entered for the subtotal column.

Step 7: Type Market into the customer name parameter again, then pull the report. Notice this time that the row containing no subtotal is now hidden. The data is not gone, it just isn’t displayed in the report any longer.

Hiding Columns

In this next example our goal is too hide the rows that have a payment expected date and show the rows without one.

Step 1: To begin you will unfreeze the report using Quick Tools .

You are now ready to begin editing the excel sheet.

Step 2: Select cell M34 and N34 and insert Hide. This is to hide the columns where the overdue charges are under 90 days since this data is not needed often.

Step 3: In cell G30 input Refresh Functions:, in cell G31 input Hide Columns:, and in cell G32 input Hide Rows:, then right align all 3 cells to create labels for report formulas so they don’t get mixed up.

Step 4: Select cell O34 and insert =IF(SUMIF(C47:C48,”Show”,O47:O48) > 0, “Show”, “Hide”).

Step 5: In cell G31 insert Hide Columns: and in cell H31 input =ReportHideRoworColumn()

Step 6: Select cell H31 and click the fx button to open the function wizard

Step 7: In the function wizard input Pull in the field labeled OnPullSaveOrBoth, input Both in the field OnClearRunOrBoth.

Step 8: Select the filed RowOrColumnRange then select the three cells containing Hide. In this case it will be M39:O39.

Step 9: Select cells M 5 and O 5 and shift them left 3 cells by cutting the cells and pasting them into J 5 and M 5 respectively.

Step 10: Select cells L19 and N19 and shift them left 3 cells by cutting the cells and pasting them into I19 and K19 respectively.

Step 11: Re-freeze the report

Step 12: In cell H39 input Market and set cell H42 to No and Pull the report

Your report is now finished and can hide rows and columns where the invoices have an expected date and there is no invoice that is 90 days past due.

Finally, clear the report and upload it to the Report Library .