Add a prompt to a report

The difference between prompts and filters

Filters and prompts are similar in the sense that they both restrict the amount of information which you display in a report.

You build a filter when you want the information displayed in the report to be filtered by the same criteria every time you run the report. Filters are built one time and they are hard coded in the report. For more information about building filters, see the article Filters overview.

Prompts are open filters that can be customized and applied differently every time you run a report.

When you add prompts to your report, you can customize the filtering information by editing the prompt criteria every time you run the report. The report runs with a different filter every time, depending on what modifiers you choose, instead of hard coding the modifiers once in the filter of the report.

Prompts act as a customizable filter on reports which can be updated right before you run the report. You can create generic reports and then narrow the results based on information you want to see for that day or on the information that is relevant for a set of criteria individual to you. For example, if you have an Hours report and you want to change the information of the report based on the following criteria:

  • The dates when the hours were logged
  • The users who entered the hours
  • The amount of hours entered

You would build three prompts where the conditions are the criteria required and the report would look different every time you run it, according to which information you choose for your prompts.

A filter can tell Adobe Workfront to show only those hours entered between June and August of this year. However, with a prompt, you can use a different time frame each time you run the report (for example, between January and February or October and December).

Access requirements

You must have the following access to perform the steps in this article:

Adobe Workfront plan*
Adobe Workfront license*
Access level configurations*

Edit access to Reports, Dashboards, Calendars

Edit access to Filters, Views, Groupings

Note: If you still don't have access, ask your Workfront administrator if they set additional restrictions in your access level. For information on how a Workfront administrator can modify your access level, see Create or modify custom access levels.

Object permissions

Manage permissions to a report

For information on requesting additional access, see Request access to objects.

*To find out what plan, license type, or access you have, contact your Workfront administrator.


You must create a report before you can add a prompt to it.

For instructions on creating a report, see Create a report

Create a prompt

  1. Go to the report where you want to add a prompt.

  2. Expand Report Actions, and then click Edit.

  3. Click Report Settings.

  4. In the Report Prompts area, click Add a Prompt.

  5. (Conditional) Select the field that you want the prompt to be based on. Start typing the name of the field, and click to select it when it appears in the list.
    The options available to users running the report will differ depending on the field you select.
    For example, if you select a date field such as Actual Completion Date on a task report, “Actual Completion Date” is the name of the prompt. When editing this prompt as you are running this report, you can choose from a set of modifiers to build your filtering statement. This process is identical to building a filter. For more information about modifiers, see Filter and condition modifiers.

  6. (Conditional) Click Custom Prompt to create a custom prompt.

    A custom prompt is a predefined prompt where you hard code the filtering criteria before you run the report. In this sense, a custom prompt is closer to a filter than a prompt.

    However, the prompt remains as flexible as a regular prompt because you can choose from several predefined statements, as opposed to having just one hard coded filter in the report.

    Specify the following information for the custom prompt: The condition of a custom prompt can only be edited using text mode. This allows for multiple conditions to be applied in a single field.

    • Field name: This is the name of the prompt, as you see it before you run the report.
    • Label: This is the name of one of the options inside the prompt as you see it before you run the report.
    • Condition: Enter a condition that defines the prompt.

    Use the same syntax that you would use when entering a text mode filter, and join your statements by “&”. For more information about editing a filter in text mode, see Edit a filter using text mode.

    For example, the Condition field of the custom prompt for the following scenarios could look like this:

    • all tasks on future projects where the project status is Idea, Requested, Planned and Current:

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    • all tasks in completed (past) projects where the project status is Completed or Dead:

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    For more information about text mode modifiers, see Filter and condition modifiers.

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    You cannot change the conditions of a custom prompt when you run the report, like you would a standard prompt. You can have as many predefined conditions for a custom prompt as you need.
  7. (Optional) Repeat Step 4 or Step 5 to create as many prompts as needed.

  8. Click Done, then click Save+Close to save the report.

Apply a prompt to a report

When you have a prompt added to a report, the default tab of the report is always the Prompts tab.

To run a report with a prompt:

  1. Go to the report with the prompt.

  2. Choose a condition for one or all the prompts displayed on the Prompts tab.
    (Optional) You can leave the prompts blank and not filter the report by the prompt conditions.

  3. Click Run Report.
    (Conditional) If you populated the prompts, the report is filtered by the conditions you have chosen for your prompts.
    (Conditional) If you left the prompts blank, the report is not filtered by the prompt conditions. The report displays as if it were not filtered.

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    A report that contains a filter in addition to a prompt filters the results according to both the criteria defined in the filter and the prompt combined.

Limitations of sharing prompted reports

When you share a prompted report outside Workfront, the user viewing the report must be logged in to Workfront to run the report using the prompt. If the user viewing the report is not logged in, all the results of the report display without applying the prompt.

The following are limitations in sharing prompted reports from Workfront:

  • When you share a report publicly users cannot run the report by applying the prompt, unless they have Workfront credentials and log in first to view the report in Workfront.

    For more information about sharing reports, see the article Share a report in Adobe Workfront.

  • When you schedule a prompted report for delivery the report in the email attachment includes the data of the report umprompted. When the user clicks the link in the email to access the report, they must log in first to view the report and run the prompt themselves.

    For information about scheduling a delivered report, see Schedule an automatic report delivery.