Notes are static text added to a data point or visual to give some descriptive details.

Notes - Overview

Observe that notes do not have options for a reply and do not capture time stamps.

You can insert notes at a cell level, row/column header level, as notes column, and as footnotes.

Inforiver also provides an option to add notes at the report level as shown below.

In reports with large number of hierarchies, you can see notes rolled up at the subtotal and grand total level even if the hierarchies are collapsed. This enables executives to see collapsed and summarized reports but still see exception notes rolled up at the parent levels.

  • You can export notes along with the report in Excel and PDF. You can also write back to databases, shared drives, or URLs.

  • Notes added in reading mode will not be saved to the base report. Report users can however export notes.

Note: With Inforiver Enterprise 2.0, there are a few changes in the notes configuration options. The updated UI/UX is shown below.

1. Cell-level notes

a) Let's see how to add notes. Click on a cell, click 'Notes', and then 'Add new note'.

To add the same note for multiple cells, Ctrl + click to select each cell, then add a note.

b) An editor opens where you can add hyperlinks and apply rich formatting. Enter a note as shown below.

c) Try out the formatting options as shown below. Click 'Save'.

d) You can see an indicator and as you hover over it, you can see the note.

e) All the notes added to the report can be seen in one place. Click 'Notes' and 'View all notes' from the dropdown. The cell-level notes can be seen in the 'All' tab,.

f) You may need to enter a note that applies to multiple cells, for example, a particular marketing strategy may have contributed to the increase in sales for specific regions and quarters. You can select a series of cells and add a single note that applies to all of them.

2. Header-level notes

a) To add a note at the row or column header level, select the row/column. Click on the 'Notes' icon. A side panel opens providing a large screen editor.

b) Enter the note. Let's now change the color of the notes indicator. Click on a different color from the bottom of the side panel.

c) You also have the option to select a custom color for the indicator. Click on the multicolored icon as highlighted in the image.

d) In addition to the formatting options available for cell-level notes, you also have numbered/bulleted lists. Click 'Save'.

e) Header-level notes are visible both in the side panel and on hover.

f) Similarly, select a row and add a note. You can edit/delete the note using the corresponding icons on the right.

3. Report-level notes

With Inforiver, you can also add notes and explanations at the report level as shown below.

a) Click on 'Notes' and then 'Report Summary'. In the 'Report Summary' side panel, enter the note.

b) On clicking 'Save', the note gets displayed in the side panel. You can edit/delete the note by clicking on the corresponding icon in the top right.

4. Roll-up notes

If you add a note at the leaf node level in a hierarchical data structure, the notes will automatically roll up to the total/subtotal level even when the leaf nodes are collapsed. To configure roll-up notes, in 'Settings' -> turn on the 'Roll-up indicator' toggle as shown in the below image and click 'Apply'.

In the below image, notes have been added at the sub region level. By clicking on the rollup indicator at the region level, you can see the consolidated notes.

5. Footnotes

Notes can be viewed as footnotes are an integral part of financial statements and provide supplementary information such as the accounting method used or an explanation of important financial results.

To enable footnotes, in the 'Notes' dropdown, turn on the 'Footnote' toggle. You can see the footnotes as highlighted.

6. Notes column

Notes can be added in a separate column.

a) In the 'Notes' dropdown, turn the 'Notes column' toggle on.

b) A notes column gets added. Double-click on a cell and start typing in the rich text editor. You can apply formatting such as bold, italic, underline, font/background color and hyperlinks.

7. Hide notes

a) To hide the footnotes, turn off the footnote toggle.

b) To hide the notes column, turn off the notes column toggle.

c) To hide the cell, header, and report-level notes, turn on the 'Hide all notes' toggle. Note that by using this option, all the notes including the footnotes and notes column are hidden.

8. Settings

You can customize the notes indicator, position, footnote height and more.

a) Click on 'Settings' from the 'Notes' dropdown.

b) A dialog box opens. The default selections are shown in the below image.

c) There are a number of indicator types such as numbered, lettered, arrow etc. Indicators can also be resized. By default, indicators are to the left of the cell. We have made changes to the default settings and the result is shown in the below image.

The notes indicator can be set at the report level (as shown above), in which case all notes in a report would have the same indicator. You can set individual indicators for each note as well.

9. Marker mode

‘Marker Mode’ can be used to highlight important observations during presentations. Markings are temporary and can be cleared.

a) In the 'Notes' dropdown, turn the 'Marker mode' toggle on.

b) You can see a marker icon on the canvas.

c) In the below image, you can see some sample markings.

d) Markings can be erased using the ‘Clear Markings’ option. Switching to another tab also results in the markings getting erased.

In the next section, we'll look at Inforiver's data-level commentary capability.

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