Monday, January 24, 2011

Changing the metrics properties on the Microsoft Dynamics GP home page - Part 2

Part 2 of 2 - Changing the metrics properties on the Microsoft Dynamics GP home page.

In Part 1 of the series I showed a couple cool things that can be accomplished on the Microsoft Dynamics GP home page with metrics and changing graph properties and so on. Today, I will explore two more features that I think will make you fall in love -- ok, let's not get carried away -- with the Microsoft Office Web Components, and in particular the Chart Control: the Toolbar and Command and Options selections.


The Toolbar option enables a graphical toolbar above the metrics being displayed.

Office Web Components - Toolbar option

Enabled Toolbar option

Now, with the toolbar enabled, you have access to some of the elements discussed in the previous article and more. You can change the graph layout and some of the Data properties as shown in the previous article.

Command and Options

Of all the options presented, the Command and Options is one of my favorites as it allows you to visually enhance your graph and even change the type of graph, similar to the Data options. Take a look at the following visual enhancements produced by changing some of the Border/Fill properties.

Command and Options - Border/Fill option

Finally, if you have worked with Microsoft Excel producing graphs in the past, then you now probably have a lot of experience in creating and modifying graphs, so I won't delve into this. Nonetheless, know that they are a number of options that you can play with to bring some life to your charts and even copy/paste these from the home page onto some fancy report that you must deliver, so why not bring some life to those graphs?

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC

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