View financial reports

This article describes how to view and explore financial reports in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise edition. It includes information about the various options that you can apply to financial reports to change their appearance and the data that they include.

Financial reporting overview

Open a financial report

To open a report, select the report name. The first time that a report is opened, it’s automatically generated for the previous month. For example, if you open a report for the first time in August 2015, the report is generated for July 31, 2015. After a report is opened, you can start exploring it by drilling down on specific pieces of data and changing report options.

Drill down on a financial report

Financial reports can include multiple levels of detail. The financial level is the first level that you see when you open a financial report. To go to the account level, select the data to drill down on. For example, to view the account details for sales, select the sales data that you want to explore. From the account level, you can drill down to view the transactions that make up the account balance. There are two ways to view transactions: report transactions and voucher transactions.

  • Report transactions – Transactions appear in a formatted view that is included on the financial report. To view transactions in the formatted view, select the data to drill down on, and then click Drill to report transaction level.
  • Voucher transactions – A voucher transaction inquiry opens, where you can view transactions. To view transactions in the voucher transaction inquiry, select the data to drill down on, and then click Open account transactions.

If the data is budget data, you can choose to open budget account entries. To close any of the levels of the report and return where you started, you can either press the Esc key or click the Close button (X) in the upper right.

Change report options

You can change the report date, apply attribute and dimension filters, or change the budget scenario on an Actual versus budget report. On the Action Pane, click Report options, and then follow one or more of these steps:

  • To change the base period and base year of a report, select a base period and a base year, and then click OK.
  • To apply attribute filters to a report, select Add an attribute filter. Select the attribute, type the attribute value, and then click OK. For example, if you select the Account Category attribute, enter SALES as the attribute value. To remove an attribute filter, click Clear.
  • To apply dimension filters to a report, select Add a dimension filter. Select the dimension, and then either type the dimension ID or select the dimension in the list. To remove a dimension filter, click Clear.
  • To change the scenario on an Actual versus budget report, select a new scenario, and then click OK. If the selected scenario is for a different year, be sure to update the base year. For example, if the current scenario is for FY2015, and you select a new scenario that is for FY2016, you should change the base year to 2016.

When you click OK, all the options that you selected are applied to the report. If you decide that you don't want to apply the selected options, click Cancel.

Update a financial report

You can refresh (update) a financial report so that it shows the most recent data for the period and year that the report was generated for. For example, if you update a financial report that was generated for October 2015, the report reflects any new transactions that have been posted for October 2015. To update a financial report, on the Action Pane, click Refresh. An updated report is available only to the person who updated it. In order for other people to see the same data, the report must be published.

Publish a financial report

After you update a financial report, you can publish it. Other people in the organization will then be able to view it. To publish a report, on the Action Pane, click Publish.

Display a financial report in a different currency

A financial report can be displayed in any currency at any time. To display a report in a different currency, on the Action Pane, click Currency, and then select a currency. The report is translated into that currency, and the results are displayed. Any currency codes or symbols that are included as part of the report design are updated to reflect the new currency. The currencies that appear in the list are the reporting currencies that are configured in Finance and Operations.

Display a summarized view of the financial report

A financial report can contain detail lines and summary lines. Detail lines are lines that contain main accounts or dimensions. Summary lines are description, total, and calculation lines. To display just the summary lines of a report, click Show, and then click Summary lines only. The report is collapsed and displays only the summary lines. To view the detail lines together with the summary lines, click Show, and then click Summary lines only again.

Open a financial report from a previous month

You can view reports for the current month or previous months without regenerating the report. To open the report for a previous month, click Show, and then click Previous reports. A list of the previous months that the report has been generated for appears. Expand the month to view the report for, select the date, and then click OK. The report for the previous month is displayed. To return to the current month’s report, click Cancel.

To print a financial report, on the Action Pane, click Print, and then follow one or more of these steps to set the print options:

  • To include the various detail levels in the printed report, set the slider to Yes or No. If a report uses a reporting tree, you can choose to include all reporting units or just the current reporting unit.
  • To set the page size, select a page size in the list.
  • To set the page layout, select a layout in the list. If you want the report content to fit the width that you selected, set the slider to Yes.
  • To set the page margins, type the size of the top, bottom, left, and right margins in inches.

After you've finished setting the print options, click Print to print the report. If you decide that you don’t want to print the report, click Cancel instead. A preview of the printed report is displayed. You can select the printer to send the report to, and you can also adjust the print options.

Export a financial report

To export a financial report, on the Action Pane, click Export. The report is exported to Microsoft Excel, and your browser prompts you to open or save the exported file. The export settings that are defined in the report design are applied to the exported report.

See also

Financial reporting for Microsoft Dynamics AX