This 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.
To avoid posting entries with contradictory or irrelevant dimensions, you can block or limit specific combinations of two dimensions. A blocked dimension combination means you cannot post both dimensions on the same entry regardless of what the dimension values are. In contrast, a limited dimension combination means you can post both dimensions to the same entry, but only for certain combinations of dimension values.
The purpose of dimension combinations is to prevent contradictory or irrelevant combinations of dimensions being posted on the same transaction.
Dimension combinations allow a restriction on the combinations of two dimensions; there are two types of restriction available:
- limiting which allows only certain combinations of values from the limited dimensions to be used together.
- blocking which prevents two dimensions being posted on a transaction, regardless of the dimension values.
As an example, you could use a dimension combination to limit which region and cost centre dimensions can be used together or you could block the purchaser and salesperson dimensions being used on the same transaction.
Once you have set up dimension combination restrictions, users will only be able to select combinations of dimensions which are allowed by the restriction. If they try to select an invalid combination, an error message will be produced and they will not be able to save the transaction until they correct the error.
I’ll show how to set up a dimension combination limit, block and then how to remove a combination over the next few articles in this series.
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