MDX Cell Properties Supported By Excel


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I was wondering the other day (as you do) which of the MDX cell properties Excel PivotTables actually support. This page has all the details on the cell properties that are available in an MDX query but most client tools don’t bother retrieving all of them and Excel is no different. Of course it retrieves the most important properties and it retrieves one or two others, but I couldn’t resist doing a bit of research to find out the exact situation with Excel 2013.

The first thing to note is that you can control which cell properties Excel retrieves for a given connection in the connection properties dialog, in the OLAP Server Formatting section:

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If you can live with not getting all of the cell properties back from SSAS there are some scenarios where unchecking all of the boxes in the OLAP Server Formatting section can improve performance:

  • When you…

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