# Excel Dashboards

How to create Excel-compatible Dashboards

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How to create Excel-compatible Dashboards

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Overview

Excel has certain limitations which means that not everything that can be achieved with Models Dashboards can be replicated in Excel.

For instance, in Models, you can add the same **Assumption** to multiple Dashboards and edit the Assumption value in any of the Dashboards with no problems - the Assumption value will be updated everywhere. However, in Excel you can only edit an Assumption value in one place, so multiple Dashboards with the same Assumption cannot be generated correctly.

The below section details some of rules that you will need to bear in mind for Dashboards when creating an Excel **Layout**.

Models will show you warnings in your Layout when you break these rules.

Rules for Excel

Rule | Details |
---|---|

Source Item must be in Layout

For a Dashboard Chart, Metric, or Assumptions Table, all associated Variables, Metrics and Assumptions must be added to a Sheet in the Layout

No repeated Assumptions

No Assumption can appear in the Dashboards of a Layout more than once

One Assumptions Table per Dashboard

Due to potential conflicts with row/column layouts, Excel Dashboard sheets can only contain one Assumptions Table

Data Tables cannot be combined with other Items

To ensure the successful operation of Data Tables in Excel, Data Tables should be in Dashboards with no other items

Charts will not be automatically aggregated over time

If you have a Chart in a Dashboard using **Time Aggregation**, the Chart in Excel will be shown in the default time periods of the Model. If you want a Chart with aggregated time periods in Excel, you must create a corresponding **aggregated Variable** first.