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10 March 2020


There are many great new features in Dynamics 街霸5 Business Central 2020 release wave 1, one that I want to highlight here is something that many companies have wanted for a while, namely controlling who can export system data.

The ability to export to Excel has been around for a long time, in both the original 街霸5 / Navision product and in Microsoft Dynamics 街霸5 Business Central , that close integration with Excel that mean a user can just export the data out to review it in excel  can be really handy. But its also a risk to the business, both in terms of GDPR and the risk that users are exporting personal data and then not storing it securely or a risk to the business as they could easily be exporting sensitive data about prices and costs, for example. Its WYSIWYG, if they can see it, they can export it, using the Page menu and then the Open in Excel action.

The new update adds in a specific permission set which can be granted to users (ideally via membership of a Group), this allow them to trigger that export to Excel. If they haven’t got this, they can’t export, simple as that. Note the same user here now has had the permission removed and the have now access to the Page dropdown on the menu and don’t see the Open in Excel action.

Please note this does not affect their ability to output a report to Excel, that is a different thing altogether.

The new permission set called Excel Export Action grants one permission only.

There is a new User Group called Excel Export Action , simply add members to this group (ideally on a company by company basis) and they gain the new permission set.

This information is clearly visible on the Users list page, which also has a new FactBox showing the Licences granted to each user, this can also be found on the user card page as a new FastTab.

  • One point to consider if using BC SaaS is that as users are added to a Plan depending on their Licence type, the plan has certain default Groups the user will be added to, which do seem to include this new Group by default. So, if this is not amended then by default all users will still be able to export to Excel.

There will be another blog post soon exploring more of the new features. If you want to find out more about the new features in Business Central 160 for yourself then take a look here . You can also see a tutorial of how to export to Excel here on our YouTube channel.