Report Settings


Before starting to create tables you should set all the report settings you need, and OfficeReports has quite a lot of them. Having defined the default settings you need, you will save a huge amount of time creating tables. Here an overview of the default settings you can define:

Table Layout

In the table Layout you control:

• The number of decimals shown for percentages and mean values

• Whether the ‘Total’ and the ‘Mean’ are shown in the first row/column

• Whether the percentage character is shown.

• Whether the final results in Excel are rounded (so the value equals the formatting)

For all options have a look at the Table Layout options.

Note: The Report Builder needs a 'Reporting' Table Layout.


In the Variable window you can set 'defaults table settings' for often used variables, like:

• Default significance test

• Sorting

• Minimum base for the categories of this variable (otherwise the category is not shown)

Read more about the 'Default Table Settings'.

General Settings

In the General Settings window, you must set some other defaults:

• The weight variable

• Zero-base text (e.g. ‘N/A’)

• Ordinal Variables and their default statistics. This way you control whether a table default contains a ‘mean’ and or a ‘total’ row/column.

Read more here.

Significance Shapes in PowerPoint

Before OfficeReports is able to visualize the results from Excel in PowerPoint, we need to make sure the significance shapes are defined correctly. In case you are using arrows, make sure to define an ‘Alternative Text’ for the ‘SigHigh’ and ‘SigLow’ shapes in slide 1. Read more here.

Report Filters

If your data set e.g. contains previous periods (to enable comparing to previous periods), you might have to set the Report Filter to the current period. Read more about Filtering.