Creating Reports

With a report, you can compile information from multiple sheets and show only items that meet the criteria you specify. For example, if you wanted to see all tasks that are assigned to you, that are labeled as high priority, and that are not complete, and if you wanted to see those tasks from multiple sheets, you could create a report.

Similar to a sheet, a report can be sent, shared, and published. You can also edit and sort data in a report. Note that a report is different from a sheet because no information is stored within it. Because of this difference, reports don't count against the sheet limit for your account.

To make shared reports more flexible, you can specify Current user as one of the criteria for which rows are displayed in the report. Current user is the person viewing the sheet and is based on the email address that that person used to sign in to Smartsheet. You can use the Current user criterion, for example, to create a report that all of your team members can use to see their own assigned tasks without having to create multiple reports.

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Who Can Create Reports 

Reports can be created by licensed users of plans that include the feature or by customers using a free trial of Smartsheet. To see which plans include reports, see our Pricing page.


Building a Report

Step 1: Create the Report Container

You’ll create your report in the Report Builder. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Click the Home tab, and select Create New > Report.

  2. Enter a name for your report, and then click OK.
    

Your new report is created in the Sheets folder.



  3. Right-click the report and select Open to display the Report Builder form.


Step 2: Select Criteria to Include in the Report

Build your report using the criteria options available in the Report Builder.

Report Builder

Where?

Click the Where? button to select the sheets and workspaces that you want to include in the report. Sheets that you have created or that have been shared to you are available from this list.

NOTE: You must select at least one sheet, folder, or workspace from Where? before the other options (Who?, What?, and When?) become available in the Report Builder form.

Who?

Click the Who? button to select the people you’d like to see in the report (for example, Assigned To is Steve). Click the column name for the column that includes the people you want to include in the report. Columns with the Contact List column type are available for selection here. In Step 2 of 2, select the names of the people whose tasks you want to see. (For more information about column types, check out our Column Types article.)



TIP: You can make the report more versatile by selecting Current user as the criteria for Who. For example, if you plan to share the report and if you want to make it such that the person viewing the report will see tasks assigned to them, select the Assigned To column, and then select Current user.

Current User in Report Builder

What?

Select report criteria to base the results on (for example, where % Complete is equal to 1).

When?

Select a specific date or range of dates to display (for example, display rows where the Due Date is in the next 7 days). Only Date type columns are available to select from this list.

Step 3: Choose which Information Will Appear in the Report

To choose which sheet columns appear in your report, click Columns in the Report Builder form. To arrange columns, you can drag them to different locations on the sheet. By default, the columns that you use for the report criteria are automatically added to the report along with the Primary column and a Sheet Name column. You can opt not to display these default columns and you can add additional columns by clicking the column names.

Step 4: Run the Report and View It

Click Save to generate the report.

Note that running a report for the first time will generally take longer than subsequent runs.

Close the Report Builder form to view the report.

The report will show 500 rows per page. If more than 500 rows meet the criteria of the report, use the Prev and Next buttons at the bottom of the report to move between pages.

TIP: If your report includes date columns, you can view the data in Gantt View and Calendar View. Use the Gantt View and Calendar View buttons on the left toolbar to switch between these views.

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Modifying an Existing Report

From an existing report, you can open the Report Builder by clicking the Report Builder tab at the bottom of the report.

Report tabs

To add or remove columns in the report, right-click a column header and select Add Column or Remove Column.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind as you modify reports:

  • The formatting (cell font color, background color, bold text, and so on) that appears in a report is based on the formatting in the source sheet.

  • Row hierarchies aren't displayed in reports.

  • Cells containing formulas can't be modified from a report.

  • If dependencies are enabled on a sheet, the End Dates for rows in those sheets aren't editable from a report because they are calculated automatically based on the dependency settings. You can instead edit the Start Date and Duration in the row to automatically re-calculate the End Date. For more information, see our Help Center article on Enabling Dependencies & Using Predecessors.

  • If dependencies are enabled on a sheet, the Start Date of any task that is driven by a predecessor won't be editable from a report. You can instead change the Start Date or Duration of the predecessor task to automatically re-calculate the dates associated with dependent tasks.


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Tips for Working with Report Criteria

Click the Report Builder tab at the bottom of the report and click on an existing value to edit it.

To delete a report criterion, mouse over it and click the delete button (x) that appears to the right of the criterion.

Delete Criterion

Use Multiple Criteria

To add multiple criteria to any section, click Who, What, or When again. For example, in the What section, you might opt to set criteria such as Priority is High and Status is In Progress.

Use And and Or Operators in Sections with Multiple Criteria

By default, you'll see an And operator within a section if you have multiple criteria. This means a row would need to meet all of the criteria for it to be displayed in the report. Click any and operator to change the operators to or operators. In this case, as long as a row meets one of the criteria, it will appear in the report. There isn't a way to have a mix of And and Or operators within the same section.

Use And and Or Operators Across Sections

By default, And operators occur between the Who, What, and When sections of the Report Builder. You can click on any and operator to change them all to Or, but you can't have a mix of both And and Or operators between sections.

Create an “Is Not” Condition

If you want to exclude information from a report, use the Exclude selected items checkbox. For example, if you want to display rows for which an address column is not blank, select the is blank condition, and check the Exclude selected items checkbox.

Troubleshooting Issues with Reports

Who Box Shows Wrong Number in Parenthesis

The numbers in parentheses that appear next to the contact names refer to the number of times that contact appears in Contact List columns across the sheets that are selected. If this number doesn't match the number of rows generated by the report, it may be because the contact's name was manually typed into cells in sheets as opposed to being selected from the Smartsheet contact list. To correct this, open the source sheet and mouse over the team member's name in each cell. If a pop-up appears instructing you to Add Contact Info, click the link and add an email address to the contact name. When you re-run the report, the number in parenthesis should display the expected number of rows.

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Video Demo

For an instructional demonstration on creating a report, please review the video walk-through below:

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