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The Mdx: or Mdx Colon feature allows you to easily combine snippets of Mdx with your existing XLCubed Grids and other report objects.

The Mdx: statement could be a fixed piece of text, or created by using an Excel formula.

You can use this to create members or sets depending on your requirements.

Query Generators can be useful in creating MDX snippets or creating a start point to work from.


The Mdx: statement is made up of two or three parts.

Part Optional? Description
Mdx: or MdxSet: No Select based on whether your mdx snippet returns a single member or a set of members.
Caption:= Yes Puts a user friendly caption against the member when it is returned.
Mdx No The Mdx snippet to run.


Valid examples may be:

  • Mdx:nextYear:=[Date].[Calendar].[Calendar Year].&[2002].NextMember
    • Creates a member called "nextYear" using the MDX expresssion
  • Mdxset:{[Date].[Calendar].[Calendar Year].&[2001]:[Date].[Calendar].[Calendar Year].&[2003]}
    • Creates a set with no name that gives the years from 2001 to 2003

In these examples the Mdx: statement is made using other Excel references, so that when these change the grid will also be updated.

You can then reference these cells using the standard Excel member picker:


Adding hidden calculations

Sometimes in a Grid you need to add an MDX: calculation that is used by another calculation, but is not displayed itself. As of Version 9.1 you can do this by picking a range of cells containing MDX: statements which will be added to the query. This is done from the MDX tab of the properties screen.

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