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Browsing Cube Data
Use the Browser tab of Cube Designer to browse cube data. You can use this view to examine the structure of a cube and to check data, calculation, formatting, and security of database objects. You can quickly examine a cube as end users see it in reporting tools or other client applications. When you browse cube data, you can view different dimensions, drill down into members, and slice through dimensions.
Before you browse a cube, you must process it. After you process it, open the Browser tab of Cube Designer. The Browser tab has three panes — the Metadata pane, the Filter pane, and the Data pane. Use the Metadata pane to examine the structure of the cube in tree format. Use the Filter pane at the top of the Browser tab to define any subcube you want to browse. Use the Data pane to examine the data and drill down through dimension hierarchies.
To prepare to browse a cube, you can specify a perspective or translation that you want to use. You add measures and dimensions to the Data pane and specify any filters in the Filter pane.
Specifying a Perspective
Use the Perspective list to choose a perspective that is defined for the cube. Perspectives are defined in the Perspectives tab of Cube Designer. To switch to a different perspective, select any perspective in the list.
Specifying a Translation
Use the Language list to choose a translation that is defined for the cube. Translations are defined in the Translations tab of Cube Designer. The Browser tab initially shows captions for the default language, which is specified by the Language property for the cube. To switch to a different language, select any language in the list.
Formatting the Data Pane
You can format captions and cells in the Data pane. Right-click the selected cells or captions that you want to format, and then click Commands and Options. Depending on the selection, the Commands and Options dialog box displays settings for Format. Filter and Group. Report. and Behavior .
Adding or Removing Measures
Drag the measures you want to browse from the Metadata pane to the details area of the Data pane, which is labeled Drop Totals or Detail Fields Here. As you drag additional measures, they are added as columns in the details area. A vertical line indicates where each additional measure will drop. Dragging the Measures folder drops all the measures into the details area.
To remove a measure from the details area, either drag it out of the Data pane, or right-click it and then click Remove Total on the shortcut menu.
Adding or Removing Dimensions
Drag the hierarchies or dimensions to the row or column field areas.
To remove a dimension, either drag it out of the Data pane, or right-click it and then click Remove Field on the shortcut menu.
Adding or Removing Filters
You can use either of two methods to add a filter:
- Expand a dimension in the Metadata pane, and then drag a hierarchy to the Filter pane.
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- In the Dimension column of the Filter pane, click Select dimension and select a dimension from the list, then click Select hierarchy in the Hierarchy column and select a hierarchy from the list.
After you specify the hierarchy, specify the operator and filter expression. The following table describes the operators and filter expressions.
Drilling Down into a Member
To drill down into a particular member, click the plus sign (+) next to the member or double-click the member.
Slicing Through Cube Dimensions
To filter the cube data, click the drop-down list box on the top-level column heading. You can expand the hierarchy and select or clear a member on any level to show or hide it and all its descendants. Clear the check box next to (All) to clear all the members in the hierarchy.
After you have set this filter on dimensions, you can toggle it on or off by right-clicking anywhere in the Data pane and clicking Auto Filter .
You can use the filter area to define a subcube on which to browse. You can add a filter by either clicking a dimension in the Filter pane or by expanding a dimension in the Metadata pane and then dragging a hierarchy to the Filter pane. Then specify an Operator and Filter Expression .
A triangle marks any heading or cell in the Data pane for which there is an action. This might apply for a dimension, level, member, or cube cell. Move the pointer over the heading object to see a list of available actions. Click the triangle in the cell to display a menu and start the associated process.
For security, the Browser tab only supports the following actions:
Command Line, Statement, and Proprietary actions are not supported. URL actions are only as safe as the Web page to which they link.
Viewing Member Properties and Cube Cell Information
To view information about a dimension object or cell value, move the pointer over the cell.
Showing or Hiding Empty Cells
You can hide empty cells in the data grid by right-clicking anywhere in the Data pane and clicking Show Empty Cells .