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Tips on how to use vlookups with Data Sources and Report Objects by holding report values constant within Cognos Disclosure Management Troubleshooting Problem Cognos Disclosure Management users working data sources that change including adding of rows and columns.

The Cognos Disclosure Users want to hold the data range constant without having to worry about new data being added to data source. The below will describe a technique to hold the data range the same even if new rows are added to the data sources. Hint: Data sources can change as such this method provides a way for users to keep integrity of their report, especially if they are basing the report on the same data source.

Example 1 - Data Source - holding the data range constant Figure 1 shows a sample of accounts and values from a data source. The data source will be included as part of the report object. Figure 1 - External Data Source The issue is that data source are subject to change as such if users build a report with data source there can be issue with the report being updated with the incorrect information.

The technique describes allows users to hold the range as part of keeping the integrity of report. Hint: This document may also help users trouble shooting issues with data changing in a report, especially from the data source perspective. The below example the data was not posted as link, but as values. Figure 2 - shows the data range for the data source. Warning: The sheet will not update if the values are changed in the data sources. Users need to be careful when using the copy and paste options when it comes to values.

The option to hold the value within report range is to use the vlookup formula within Microsoft Excel. Hint: the range was greater than the actual rows in the reports to cover of rows in the data source.

Cognos Disclosure Management users may want to review the data range as part of defining the vlookup within the report object.

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