In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Finance), how do I… Understand Dimensions

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business CentralThis post is part of the In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… series and of the wider In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… series which I am posting as I familiarise myself with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

In an earlier article of this series, on understanding the chart of accounts, I commented that Dynamics BC differed from some ERP systems by only having the GL account itself in the chart of accounts where other systems also include cost centres and other elements required for reporting.

Dynamics BC does allow for reporting on these other elements, but manages them through dimensions rather than the chart of accounts itself.

Microsoft themselves describe dimensions as:

Dimensions are values that categorize entries so you can track and analyze them on documents, such as sales orders. Dimensions can, for example, indicate the project or department an entry came from.

So, instead of setting up separate general ledger accounts for each department and project, you can use dimensions as a basis for analysis and avoid having to create a complicated chart of accounts.

There isn’t a single client I have worked with over the last 20 years who does not have a need for dimensions (or similar) as no-one reports only on the G/L account. Other values to be stored in dimensions would commonly be:

  • Cost Centre
  • Department
  • Region

Dimensions can also be used to store non-financial analysis codes such as:

  • Project
  • Budget Holder

The above are just examples of some of the type of analysis codes I’ve seen in the past working with clients.

Dynamics BC allows financial postings to be filtered based on the GL account and on the dimension values selected against the posting. Over a few posts in this series, I am going to take a look at setting up and maintaining dimensions, setting defaults, combinations and priorities as well as viewing data posted with dimension values assigned to them.

In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I…

In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I…
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Sign Up For a Trial
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Get Access to the Microsoft 365 Admin Center
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Create a Company
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Copy a Company
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Switch Between Companies
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Create a Sandbox Environment With Cronus
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Access Dynamics BC Admin Centre
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Create a Sandbox Environment With a Copy of Production
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Create a User
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Add a User In 365 Admin Center
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Add a User in Dynamics BC
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Change My Role
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand the Role Center
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Create an Advanced Evaluation Company
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand the Update Rollout Timeline
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Change the User Experience in a Company from "Essentials" to "Premium"
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Set Update Date
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, how do I… Hide the Teaching Tips
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Set Update Window
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Extend Trial
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand Search
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand the Types of Pages Available
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Know Which Keyboard Shortcuts Are Available
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Switch Between Companies
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Use List Pages
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Use Advanced Filters on Lists
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Use Card Pages
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand the FactBox
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand the Action Bar
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Use Company Badges to Identify Companies or Environments
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Use Document Pages
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Use Worksheet Pages
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand the On-premise Lifecycle Policy
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Start a Free Trial (Updated for the new "customised trial")
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Create a Sandbox for a Preview Release
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand Posting Groups
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand General Posting Groups
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand Specific Posting Groups
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand Tax Posting Groups
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Create a Tax Business Posting Group
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Create a Tax Product Posting Group
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Create the Tax Posting Setup
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Add a Company Logo
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Share a Saved List View
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Rename a Company
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Rename an Environment
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Delete a Company
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Delete an Environment
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Restore a Deleted Environment
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Restore an Environment to a Point in Time
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Refresh an Environment
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Restore a Deleted Company
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand the Approaches to Configuring a New Company
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… View Two Pages at the Same Time
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand Number Series
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Maintain Number Series
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Administration), how do I… Understand What Data Can Be Deleted
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Customisation), how do I… Personalize a Page
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Customisation), how do I… Remove Personalization from a Page
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Customisation), how do I… Personalize Card Pages
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Customisation), how do I… Understand the Best Way of Customising a Card Page
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Customisation), how do I… Personalize the FactBox
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Customisation), how do I… Personalize the Action Bar
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Customisation), how do I… Understand the Best Way of Personalizing the Action Bar
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Customisation), how do I… Create Customizations for Other Users Using Profiles
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Customisation), how do I… Copy Profile Personalizations to Another Environment
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Customization), how do I… Understand the Difference Between Personalization vs. Design
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Understand the Chart of Accounts
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Understand G/L Account Categories and Subcategories
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Maintain G/L Account Categories
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Create a G/L Account
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Understand the Types of G/L Account Available
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Indent Chart of Accounts
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Finance), how do I… Understand Dimensions
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Maintain Dimensions
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Understand Global and Shortcut Dimensions
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Understand Default Dimensions and Priorities
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Configure Default Dimensions
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Configure Dimension Restrictions
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Configure Default Dimension Priorities
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Understand Dimension Combinations
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Configure Dimension Combination Blocks
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Configure Dimension Combination Limits
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Remove Dimension Combination
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Understand General Journal Templates and Batches
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Understand Dimension Sets
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Create a General Business Posting Group
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Create a General Product Posting Groups
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Financial), how do I… Configure the General Posting Setup
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Understand Locations
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Setup Inventory for Locations
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Create an Inventory Location
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Create an Inventory Posting Group
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Create the Inventory Posting Setup
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Understand the Difference Between Inventory and Warehouse Management
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Create a Warehouse User
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Understand the Different Levels of Inventory and Warehouse Management
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Understand Basic Inventory
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Understand Basic Inventory With Shelves
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Understand Basic Inventory With Bins
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Enable Processing of Inventory Using Bins
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Add Bins to a Location
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Process Stock Using Bins
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Create Bins in Bulk
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Configure Bin Contents
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Set Default Bin for Items
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Understand Inventory Put-aways in Basic Warehousing
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Configure Inventory Put-aways
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Process an Inventory Put-away from the Source Document
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Process Multiple Inventory Put-aways Using a Batch Job
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Process an Inventory Put-away in Two Steps by Releasing the Source Document
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Process an Inventory Put-away Document
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Understand Inventory Picks in Basic Warehousing
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Configure Inventory Picks
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Process an Inventory Pick from the Source Document
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Process Multiple Inventory Picks Using a Batch Job
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Process an Inventory Pick in Two Steps by Releasing the Source Document
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Understand Receipts in Basic Warehousing
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Process an Inventory Pick Document
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Process a Receipt From the Source Document
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Configure Warehouse Receipts
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Post Receipt From a Warehouse Receipt Document
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Understand Warehouse Receipts and Put-aways in Advanced Warehousing
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Configure Warehouse Receipts and Put-aways in Advanced Warehousing
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Post a Receipt From a Warehouse Receipt Document and Post Put-away From a Warehouse Put-away Document
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Understand the Warehouse Put-away Worksheet in Advanced Warehousing
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Configure Warehouse Put-aways to Use the Put-away Worksheet in Advanced Warehousing
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Create a Warehouse Put-away Worksheet Template
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Put-away Stock Using the Warehouse Put-away Worksheet
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Understand Shipments in Basic Warehousing
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Process a Shipment from the Source Document
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Configure Warehouse Shipments
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Post Shipment From a Warehouse Shipment Document
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Understand Warehouse Picks and Shipments in Advanced Warehousing
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Configure Warehouse Picks and Shipments in Advanced Warehousing
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Post Pick From a Warehouse Pick Document and Post Shipment From a Warehouse Shipment Document
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Use the Pick Worksheet for Warehouse Picks
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Prevent Negative Stock Levels
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Manage Consignment Stock at a Customer Location
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Manage Consignment Stock in My Warehouse
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Manage Stock On a Van
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Mass Insert Item Pictures
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Inventory and Warehouse Management), how do I… Remove a Warehouse/Location from Use
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Purchasing), how do I… Create a Vendor Posting Group
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Purchasing), how do I… Produce a Goods Received Not Invoiced Report
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Purchasing), how do I… Keep Invoiced Purchase Orders
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Purchasing), how do I… Understand Dates on Purchase Invoices
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Purchasing), how do I… Override VAT on a Purchase Invoice
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Purchasing), how do I… Assign Number Series in Purchasing
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Sales), how do I… Create a Customer Posting Group
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Sales), how do I… Produce a Goods Shipped Not Invoiced Report
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Sales), how do I… Keep Shipped Sales Orders
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Sales), how do I… Assign Number Series in Sales
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Power Automate), how do I… Understand For What Power Automate can be Used
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Power Automate), how do I… Know What Types of Flows Are Available
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Power Automate), how do I… Know What Actions Are Available with Power Automate
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Power Automate), how do I… Know What Triggers Are Available with Power Automate
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Power Automate), how do I… Know What Flow Templates Are Available from Microsoft
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Power Automate), how do I… Create Environment Variables for the Environment and Company
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Power Automate), how do I… Create a New Cloud Instant Flow
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Power Automate), how do I… An Alternative to Environment Variables
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Power Automate), how do I… Create a New Cloud Flow for Business Central From a Template
In Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Development), how do I… How to Upload an Extension

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