Interactive Controls allow you to edit segments and date ranges for one or more requests directly from the worksheet. This gives you more flexibility when updating report builder requests.
Interactive controls were created in response to a common workflow where analysts create workbooks and share these workbooks with the marketing organization. Interactive controls give marketers the ability to modify and refresh requests without having to have in-depth knowledge of how report builder works. (Note that in order to refresh a request, the workbook recipient must be a report builder user.) These controls work inside of scheduled workbooks. Two types of interactive controls are currently available:
You must have Report Builder v5.0 installed for the interactive controls to work. >
Do not tamper with the name of the control. (To see the name, set the focus on the control and the control name appears right above the Excel grid, in the upper left corner.)
In Step 1 of the Request Wizard select, for example, the Page report.
Next to the Commonly Used Dates drop down, click the Control Settings icon:
In the Control Settings dialog, select all the date range items that you want displayed in the interactive control. In addition, specify the upper left cell location of the control.
Notice the option to “Automatically refresh linked requests upon item selection”.
Click OK. The control appears in the cell location that you specified:
You can now change the date range and the request will refresh with that date range.
You can also copy the request and right click to use one of two Paste Request options:
Paste Request > Use Absolute Input Cell. This means that the copied request will point to the same interactive date range control as the original request.
Paste Request> Use Relative input Cell. This mean that the copied request will point to its own control.
You can use the native Microsoft Excel Cut/Copy/Paste control functionality. Report builder automatically recognizes the newly added controls.
Implementing the interactive segment control is similar to implementing the date range control.
In Step 1 of the Request Wizard, next to the Segment drop-down list, select the Segment Control Settings icon:
In the Segment Control Settings dialog, select the segments you want to include in the drop-down. In addition, specify the upper left cell location of the control.
The new interactive control will now appear in the workbook: