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Excel and OLAP Viewer: Not enough room for the Cube!

Submitted by on 2012-02-29 – 6:00 AM One Comment

When you use the OLAP Viewer in Microsoft Excel you may have run into the window borders – literally.  Your cube and analysis needs more space!  

Scroll, Scroll, and Scroll to See the Cube Data 

When you open the OLAP cube in the MS Excel OLAP Viewer the default cube size dictates the area used. You may get 20 rows by 20 columns or you might get 2 rows by 2 columns. So when you want to do some analysis, you expand a dimension and scroll, scroll this way and then scroll, scroll that way to see the coveted data!  We need space to do proper analysis!! Oh have the data gods forsaken us?!?

excel olap viewer cube not that much room

Answer to Your OLAP Prayers

Obviously I would not bring up this point if I did not have an answer. So here’s how you work yourself out of this tight spot. Trick is to turn on the MS Excel Developer Ribbon. It may already be turned on – for instance, in the figure below you can see the Developer menu between the View and Excellent Analytics menus in my MS Excel menu.   If you have the Developer menu – then skip to the next step.  Otherwise, do this: 

  1. Right-click on the ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon.
  2. In the Main Tabs ensure the check box for Developer is checked. Click Ok to return.
  3. Now you have the Developer menu and you can enter Design Mode. The keys to the castle.

excel olap viewer turn on default mode


Now the magic …

  1. Click the Design Mode icon so you can make edits to the cube size.
  2. Drag and drop the right, lower corner to the desired size.
  3. Click the Design Mode icon again to exit the mode.

add-in excel olap cube viewer more space

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Tricia Aanderud

Director of Data Visualization at Zencos Consulting
Tricia Aanderud is a SAS Business Intelligence and Visual Analytics consultant based in Raleigh, NC who works for Zencos Consulting. She has written several books about SAS, presented papers at many SAS conferences, and has been using SAS since 2001. Contact her for assistance with your next project.
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  • Thomas G says:

    Great article! Thanks for all the data! This is the information I was looking for.