This function returns the name of the indexed dimension
in the currently open database.
This function is designed specifically to allow you
to view the name of the dimension in a specified database.
The function takes as a parameter, the name of the
database and the index number for the dimension whose name the function
has to return.
The function has the following syntax:
Explained below are the 2 parameters that have to
be provided when building this function.
- Database : Enter the name of the database which
has the dimension name that you want to access / enter the cell
reference which has the name of this Database.
- N : Enter the index of the dimension in the
database specified above, the name of which you want displayed.
- If a connection is not established with a database
the result will be a #value.
- The argument is compulsory and not optional.
- The value for parameter "n" must
be a positive real integer.
This function may be easier to understand with an
- In order to build this function with more ease,
open the specific database and bring a slice from that database
into Excel. In this way you will have connected to PowerOLAP because
you now have the OLAPDatabase
formula automatically on your sheet when you bring a slice of
the cube into Excel.
- In Excel, use the menu: Insert -> Function
and select PowerOLAP from the drop down list.
- Choose the OLAPDimension
function from the list of functions provided and click "Ok".
- When building the formula, enter the cell range
for the database name or you can manually enter the database name.
- Also enter the index number for the dimension
whose name you wish to access. The dimensions in any database
are numbered sequentially from 1 to n, in the order in which they
- In the following example B1 is the cell that
holds the database name, and 3 is the index number for the dimension,
corresponding to which the dimension name will be returned by
The above formula returns a value = "Time
(Periods)" which signifies that in the database "Acuity"
(B1), there exists a dimension called "Time (Periods)" that
corresponds to the index supplied above as a parameter, which is 3.