Link to different reports in a grid/graph

Hello there!

Today I’m going to talk about how to link to different reports/documents using the same grid/graph without any intervention from the user.

As you may know, when you create a link to a report/document in a grid/graph you can specify more than one hyperlink. But, when the user clicks on a specific item, it shows all hyperlinks and he/she has to choose which hyperlink to click on.

What if you must go to a specific report/document for item A, to another for item B, etc, and if the user choose a wrong one, the result is going to be wrong…

So… Let’s do that!

I’m going to use SQL SERVER as my Data warehouse in this example. The syntax may vary if you use different Database.

1. I’m going to create 2 reports that’s going to be used as the link.

2. Get the ID of them. To do that, you can use MicroStrategy Developer, right click on the report 1 -> go to Properties -> Copy the content of the ID field. In my case, for report 1 the ID is 6360D76C4D340D8B79D988A9A759485B and for report 2 is 8F43AC804E18E30709B73DAB83413D00.

3. Now, I’m going to create a FreeForm SQL report using this SQL:

WHEN 'Book' THEN ('6360D76C4D340D8B79D988A9A759485B')  
WHEN 'Electronics' THEN ('8F43AC804E18E30709B73DAB83413D00')  END 

In my CASE statement, I’m specifying to Microstrategy which report has to be used for each specific category.

Now, create 2 managed atributes for that FreeForm.

ID_REPORT     attribute form: ID

ID_REPORT_DESC     attribute form: DESC

And then save it as baseReport.

4. Create a new dashboard and insert a Vertical Bar Graph using the baseReport as the source.

5. Create a Panel Stack and set it as an Information Window.

6. Now, I will use Microstrategy Web to see the links to my reports. To do that, just browse the folders until you see your saved reports -> Right click on Report 1 -> Go to Share -> Show Link -> Copy the content of it.

7. Copy the link an replace the reportID with {ID_REPORT_DESC}:


Just change the reportID content to {ID_REPORT_DESC}.


Insert an HTML Container object inside the Information Window Panel Stack and add the <a> HTML tag to create a link. Something like this:

 <a href="http://localhost/MicroStrategy/asp/Main.aspx?evt=4001
&Project=EXAMPLE01&port=0&share=1" target="_blank">Link</a>

I just added target=”_blank” to open the link in another window. If you don’t want that, just remove it.

“Link” is the static text that will appears after you click on the bar of your graph, you can change to another

Right click on the attribute of the graph -> Click on “use as selector” and target the panel stack that was used as the Information Window.


Hope it helps.

God bless you!

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