How to create an Excel spreadsheet to load actuals into Forecaster 7.0 using Management Reporter 2012

This article discusses how to create a Microsoft Management Reporter 2012 report, and how to export that report to Microsoft Excel in order to use the file to import data into Microsoft Forecaster 7.0.

Applies to:   Microsoft Management Reporter 2012, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011
Original KB number:   2935967

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Management Reporter and sign in to the company you need to import data.

  2. Create a new Row Definition.

    1. To add the desired accounts, select Edit, and then select Add Rows from Dimensions. All dimensions should have the ampersand (&) to import all possible combinations.


      This may include just profit and loss accounts, so make sure that you remove the Normal Balance of C for any of the account types that have typical credit balances.

      The data will need to be modified in Excel to the proper segments in Forecaster before you complete the import.

    2. Save the Row Definition.

  3. Create a new Column Definition.

    1. Select a DESC column, an ACCT column, and 12 FD columns using PERIODIC (each column is hard-coded using period 1 through period 12).


      The DESC column is not needed for the import to Forecaster, but is required for the Management Reporter report.

    2. Save the Column Definition.

  4. Create a new Report Definition.

    1. On the Report tab, choose the Row Definition and Column Definition created in step 2 and step 3.
    2. On the Headers and Footers tab, delete all headers.
    3. On the Settings tab, clear the option Display currency symbol on first row and Display blanks for zero amounts. Select Whole Dollars for the Rounding precision. Select Display rows with no amounts if you want to bring over all amounts including those with a zero budget amount.
    4. Select Save, and then select Generate to generate the report.
  5. Export the Management Reporter report to Microsoft Excel.

    In Report Viewer, select File, point to Export and then select Microsoft Excel. Clear all the Microsoft Excel options and clear the Include comments option. Select the option Open workbook after exporting.

  6. Open the report in Excel.


    You must split the full account column and you may need to concatenate the accounts in Excel for a successful import to Forecaster. To determine the segments and the order of the accounts in Forecaster, log on to Forecaster and select Setup, select Segments, and then select Definition.

    Segment numbers in the Excel worksheet with leading zeros will need to be saved as a text field in Excel when you split the full account or the Department 0010 may change to Department 10 , causing these records to fail during the import.

    Select File, select Save as, choose Text (Tab delimited).txt for the Save as type, and then select Save.

  7. In Forecaster, select Tools, select Import, and then select Data.


    Make sure have a valid backup of the Forecaster database before you import the data.

    Additional details on the Import data process can be found in the Forecaster Help screens under the Contents tab, expand Loading Data, expand Import, then select Import Data. You can also use the Search tab and type Import Data.

  8. And then following these steps:

    1. Type a batch name, and then select Browse to locate the .txt file you saved from step 6A.

    2. For the Column selection, choose either Number of columns or Input Set.


      If you choose the Input Set option, make sure you have the input set created in Forecaster first.

    3. For the File format, choose Delimited.

    4. Select Next.

    5. Map the field to the appropriate Position in File.

    6. Confirm the segment positions chosen and the months of data, then select Next.

    7. Confirm the Source file to load, and then select Finish.