1. Modeling
  2. Model Settings
  3. Model Map

The Model Map shows Workspace Administrators a high-level hierarchical view of a model's structure; the flow of data; and the relationships between the modules in a model.

Model Map enables you to:

  • view the modules and dimensions in a model and see the dimension
  • open modules
  • search for modules, keeping any connected modules in view

Here, you can learn how to:

Launching the Model Map

To launch the Model Map, click the Model Map tab in the top left of your screen:

The Model Map is displayed in a new tab in Fit to Screen mode.

In Fit to Screen mode, you can see module dimension names and cell count. Up to six dimensions are displayed: first, hierarchical lists; then Time; and Versions. Line items may also be shown, depending on how the model is structured.

Cell count is displayed in the bottom right corner of each module. This is useful when designing models to enable optimum performance — you can see which are the largest modules and the dimensions they contain. See Analyzing a Module.

The Model Map includes other useful visual cues:

  • The gray-shaded areas represent Functional Areas.
  • The block-color or colored-header boxes within the gray areas represent modules. Modules are color-coded to a single Functional Area.
  • The arrows represent formulas between modules. If there are multiple formulas between line items in two modules, you'll see a single arrow in the direction of the data flow.
The colors are fixed and cannot be configured.

Getting Around the Model Map

The controls on the toolbar allow you to navigate around the Model Map and control the level of detail that's displayed. You can zoom in and out, change the view, collapse or expand all or any functional areas, and search for and isolate modules.

You can also zoom in and out, using your mouse or touchpad and also drag the map around to best fit your screen.

Zoom In. There are different zoom levels, each one showing a different level of detail.
Zoom out.
1:1 View. Return the Model Map view to the default zoom level.
Full Screen View. Depending on the initial zoom level, you may have to zoom out to view the whole model once a functional area is expanded. .
Collapse Functional Areas  
Collapse Individual Functional Areas. Click in the top right-hand corner of a functional area to collapse it individually. Double-click the functional area to expand it again.
Expand all currently collapsed Functional Areas

Click in the top left-hand corner of each functional area to expand it individually, or double-click the functional area.

Double-click the functional area to collapse it again.

Analyze a Module

This module contains a list (Employees L5), a Time dimension (Month), Versions, and three line items (Salary, Bonuses and Commission). Due to the size of the module, it's likely that there are line items that are not listed here - you can see that the module contains over a million cells.

In this module, belonging to the same functional area, there are just three dimensions - a list, a Version, and a single line item. The cell count is too small to be listed.

You can double-click a module at any time to open it up on a separate tab.

Search for and isolate modules

To help you analyze and understand larger models with many interconnected modules, you can search for, select, and isolate a module or collection of modules within the Model Map. When you do this, any modules with input or output connections to the module are kept in view:

  1. Search to find modules to focus on. You can also search for a functional area to find the module or modules you want to focus on.
  2. Select the module you want to inspect.
  3. Click the isolate mode button to isolate the selection and connected modules.
  4. Click the isolate mode button again to return to the Model Map view.


In this example, the Marketing Expense Detail module is found using the text search field:

When you select a module from the search results:

  • Model Map highlights the module and any connected modules (other modules are dimmed into the background).
  • The zoom level is automatically set, allowing you to quickly check details of the selected module and any connections it has with other modules.
  • The isolate mode button is activated:

You can pan and zoom in the Model Map and click on a module to select it (other modules are dimmed but visible in the background):

To enter isolate view for the selected module or modules, click the isolate mode button or use the drop-down menu and select Show Selection. Click the isolate mode button again to toggle out of isolate view.

You can use the menu attached to the isolate mode button to:

  • Show All: show the selection and its connected modules — all other modules are dimmed.
  • Show Selection: isolate a selected module with its connected modules — unconnected modules are hidden.
  • Clear Selection: exit isolation mode and return to Model Map view.

The view isolated in the Model Map helps you to quickly inspect and analyze the isolated modules and their connections — you get a de-cluttered view with only the selected modules and any connected modules shown and the zoom level adjusts automatically:

Working with the Inset Map

The Inset Map is always visible in the bottom right-hand corner of the Model Map. Click anywhere on the Inset Map to shift the focus and zoom in on the main map.

The focus area is indicated by the blue shaded rectangle.

You can drag this box around to shift focus or just click anywhere on the Inset Map.

hide the Inset Map.
show the Inset Map.