Adding Comments to a Data Cell

You can view and create comments on table data cells.


To set or change the comment limit for your model, go to Start of the navigation pathSystem Next navigation step Administration Next navigation step Limit of comment threads per ModelEnd of the navigation path.


You can leave comments on cells containing public versions from planning models. When a story is opened, comment mode is on by default. When commenting on a data point, the data context is taken into account. Only users who share the data context can view the comment. The data context is composed of the following:
  • All dimensions visible on the table.
  • Page, chart, and story filters.
  • Data access control and role-level security.

When a story is opened, Comment Mode is on by default.


  1. Select the data cell to which you want to add a comment.
  2. From the (More Actions) menu to the right of the table, select the (Add Comment) icon.
    A comment dialog is displayed.
  3. Enter your comment in the displayed dialog and select Place Comment to submit the comment.
    The comment is posted as part of a thread - a green wedge shape is displayed at the top right of the cell.

    Comments on data points are available for other users as soon as they are made.

    The thread and wedge fade away once the story is not set to ( Comment Mode).

    If you collapse a hierarchy, existing data point comments may no longer be fully visible. Instead the green wedge in the cell will display as transparent. To access the comment, drill down the hierarchy until a green wedge is displayed.

    When you add or remove dimensions, the existing comments will still be visible if the data context of the cell has not changed. In the example below, the comment on the left was created with a Region filter on Canada. On the right, Region has been added to the visible dimension without a filter. The context of the cell remains the same for both scenarios, therefore the same comment is visible.

  4. To reply to a comment on a data point:
    1. Choose the wedge in the data cell.

    2. Select the displayed comment icon to display the thread to which you want to reply.
    3. Enter your text in Reply here ... and select (Send).

    Another way to manage data point comments is by using a dedicated commenting column in your planning table. This column can be used to view and add comments. For more information on how create this column see Adding Calculated Rows and Columns in a Table.

    To create a new comment thread or reply to an existing comment thread, select the target cell in the column and enter your comment in the displayed dialog. Select Place Comment to submit the comment.