SmartList Export Options

Today’s #TipTuesday post is the last in my mini-series of SmartList tips for Dynamics GP. I’m going to walk through a very simplistic example of an export from an Account Transactions smartlist, to Excel, where a macro will do some basic formatting and create a formula for Net Amount.

The method I show below is just one way to do this, and it’s a mini end-to-end example that you can follow if this is your first time using this feature. The intent of SmartList Export Options is to automate repetitive tasks. If you export SmartLists a lot and continually do the same things to the exported file, then read this post to see how you might be able to automate part of your work with that particular export. While the example is simplistic, the options are fairly limitless with what you could do with VBA in Excel!

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Excel tip – is X in the list?

Today’s #TipTuesday is a detour from my recent SmartList tips for Dynamics GP, and I’m going back to Excel for this one.

I have been working on a project recently where some data validation is needed to ensure that user-entered data on some forms is valid. I want to have some visual validation for Accounting when reviewing these forms prior to uploading the data into Dynamics GP to determine in advance if the G/L Accounts exist, or if the Job/Project and/or Cost Code/Category exists. In my use-case, I can’t use the built-in Data Validation features as the lists would be too lengthy to be manageable, so the fields are simple text fields, prone to errors and typos.

I want an easy way to highlight invalid entries before proceeding further in the process, during the review stage. Specifically, I want to use Conditional Formatting to highlight anything that can be validated if it isn’t in various lists (of accounts, jobs, cost codes etc.).

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SmartList Tips – favorites

Today’s #TipTuesday topic is still related to SmartLists, the subject I’ve been writing a few of these about the past few Tuesdays! My topic is SmartList Favorites, which will be a bit shorter than the others as there is only so much one can write about it!

PS, unrelated side note: being Canadian, it’s killing me inside that I have to keep typing “favorites” instead of “favourites” but I know for SEO and all that stuff if users are searching for the proper term with respect to SmartLists they will be looking for the US spelling. You win some, you lose some, eh? 😉

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SmartList Tips – printing & exporting

Today’s #TipTuesday is a continuation from last week, where I covered some of the basics around SmartLists: terminology, security, sorting & resizing columns, using the GoTo, and statuses.

In this post I plan to cover a few more things that I didn’t fit: more of the commands on the toolbar (Refresh, Stop, Print, Excel & Word) plus a bit more detail around exporting to Excel.

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SmartList Export Oddities

I am in the early stages of a set of tips around the use of SmartList in Dynamics GP. Today I was writing one for this coming Tuesday and in doing the prep work to get screenshots etc. ready, I was doing some exports. One thing led to another, and I realized I should include a screenshot of what the toolbar looks like when you use Export Solutions, one of the future topics I plan on covering. I created a super simple Export Solution to format an Account Transactions list and create a Net Amount column. It was pretty basic and off I went to test it and start putting the process together in screenshots. I tested it, and it didn’t work! What the heck?

Well, this detour led me to a discovery that I hadn’t yet stumbled upon, and then another when returning to the original blog I was really sitting here writing in the first place. (Welcome to blogging, it’s one rabbit hole after another!)

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GP “Next” aka what’s in a name?

If you haven’t heard the expression “GP Next”, it’s a long-time moniker for the next “yet-to-be-named” release of Microsoft Dynamics GP. It’s a commonly used term to talk about the next version while product versioning and/or naming and/or branding details are still being sorted out, instead of referring to it by a semi-real name that changes at the last minute. It’s not like the product team picks a name and then starts working on a feature list! Hence, the short form GP “Next”.

Why am I bothering to talk about that at all? There is often confusion on forums when users see this referenced and sometimes they think that is actually the name of the next version when it’s simply a placeholder. Trust me, in the world of everyone seemingly falling over themselves to get their product in the cloud, we want people talking about “GP Next” for a long time! At least, I do! This is a great product with a deep, passionate community of users, partners and ISV vendors. As long as we’re talking about what might be in “GP Next”, that’s a good thing in my humble opinion.

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SmartList Tips – the basics

Today’s #TipTuesday is another one for the newer Dynamics GP users in the community. Recently a user asked me how they could prepare a SmartList for some receivables data they wanted. It turns out they had really not utilized SmartLists at all in their day to day work yet, despite using Dynamics GP for a few years. It occurred to me how little time we spend training users on being more effective with this valuable tool!

Over the next few weeks, I will post different tips about how to utilize SmartList more effectively!

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