1. Modeling
  2. Line items
  3. Format line items

Model builders can format line items in modules to determine the type of data you can include in the line item.

By default, all line items have a Number data type. Other options include Boolean, Date, Time Period, List, Text, or No Data. It's best practice to format a line item before you enter a formula.

You can further refine some formatting options. For example, for Number, you can choose the number of decimal points, percentages, and currencies.

Create any modules or line items you might need in Modules in the model settings bar.

To format a line item:

  1. Select Modules in the model settings bar.
  2. Select the module that contains the line items you want to format, then select Open.
  3. Select Blueprint , then select the ellipsis () or double-click in the Format column for your line item.
  4. Select a data type, and configure any additional options. When you add data to the line item, you can see the behaviour of your chosen data type.

Warning: If you change a line item's data type, you might lose data. For example, if you change the data type from Number to Text, some data may be lost.


You can set these options:

Minimum Significant DigitsThis option is not the same as decimal places. It shows a meaningful degree of precision relative to the size of the number. For example, if you set Minimum Significant Digits to 2 and 3.14159 is entered into the cell, 3.1 is shown.
Decimal PlacesChoose the number of decimal places.
Thousand SeparatorIf you set this option, it affects the Decimal Point option. For example, if the Thousand Separator is set to Comma, the Decimal Point option is set to Dot.
Decimal PointIf you set this option, it affects the Thousand Separator option.
Negative NumbersChoose to display negative numbers with a Minus Sign or in Brackets.
Zero FormatsDisplaying zeros as hyphens can make your data easier to read in grid view.
UnitsYou can set Currency, Percentage, and Custom Units. If you set custom units, you can specify whether the unit is a Prefix or Suffix.  
CompareSelect the text and color coding to be used to compare data values against a base case: Good (green), Bad (red), and Neutral (blue).


Line items with a Boolean data type contain checkboxes. Use this option when your data is either true or false.

For example, the Employed? list item identifies if an employee has started their employment. The list item has a Boolean data type, and includes a formula that determines whether the employee is employed or not. The checkbox is selected if the formula returns true, and cleared if the formula returns false.


Line items with a Date data type contain dates. Dates are determined by the locale of your browser.

Time Period

Line items with a Time Period format contain time periods. Time period options depend on your Model Calendar settings in Time in the model settings bar. Available options include Week, Month, Quarter, Half-Year, or Year.


Line items with a List data type contain lists. Use the List option when the line item's data is taken from a list in the model. 

When you select List as the format, choose a list, list subset, or line item subset to display as a picklist. For example, you can select a list that contains Countries. You can also select Time as the list.

The Filter options refer to filtered picklists, which contain more complexity than simple picklists.


Line items with a Text data type contain text. Text can be GeneralLink, or Email

To add a link or email, in a module, select the ellipsis (), or double-click in a cell. Enter the URL or email address, and the text to appear in the cell.

You can also add images to a dashboard, worksheet, or board by referencing a line item that contains the image URL. Format the line item as Text, with a Link type. The image URL must begin with https://, and end with the image type PNG, JPG, JPEG, or GIF.

No Data

Line items with a No Data data type do not contain data, and do not contribute to the overall cell count. No Data cells do not contribute to cell count. You can use No Data for subheadings or blank columns.


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