Improve Your Web Intelligence Report Navigation with Sections and Breaks

  • by Jim Brogden, Senior Consultant, Daugherty Business Solutions
  • July 20, 2011
Walk through common scenarios for adding sections and breaks to a Web Intelligence report, and learn how to edit section and break properties. These steps make information easier to use and improve navigation for users.
Key Concept

Section master cells are generated for every distinct value in an object when it has been “set as a section.” These cells function as group or subgroup headings, can be collapsed or expanded with the fold-unfold toolbar, and can be accessed directly by using the Navigation Map tab.

Adding sections and breaks to Web Intelligence reports allows data to be displayed in formats ideal for maximum readability and usability. Working together with the fold-unfold toolbar introduced in BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 Service Pack 2, sections and breaks now have the potential of becoming active partitions in a report by providing the capability of dynamically expandable and collapsible report parts. This functionality lets users rapidly navigate to specific sections in a report and begin analyzing information more quickly and easily than before.

Report developers and business users performing ad hoc data analysis can add sections and breaks. Once they’ve been added to reports, report viewers will find increased value when examining company data in this grouped format.

With sections, data tables and charts break out into individual report element groups for each value in a “sectioned” dimension. For example, if a Year object has been set as a section, the remaining data in the table is broken out and displayed with the associated year. Each section also includes the Year value in a section master cell that’s generated when the section is created. 

Jim Brogden

Jim Brogden is a senior consultant specializing in SAP BusinessObjects and data visualization for Daugherty Business Solutions in Atlanta, GA. He’s the lead author of the first official book dedicated to Web Intelligence covering version XI 3.1 and the SAP PRESS book SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.0 – 2nd Edition, a blogger on, a BusinessObjects Certified Professional, award-winning Xcelsius dashboard designer, ASUG volunteer, and active contributor at SAP’s Idea Place. You may view Jim’s profile on LinkedIn at and follow him on Twitter @jhbrogdenjr.

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