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How to Create a Top N Report in Solver

Learn how to create a top N report in Solver in a few simple steps. In this article, see how we create a "Top 5 Customer Report" based on revenues.
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Reports that list the top N records are quite popular. Power BI has that functionality built into a filter for its visualizations. Creating a report in Solver that lists the top N records also is based on a filter. In this article, we’ll show how to create a top N report in Solver in a few simple steps.

As an example, let’s go through creating a “Top 5 Customer Report” based on revenues in a period. The report will list the customers and the amount of revenue. The data will be sorted by the amount of revenue based on the period selected.

Here’s how to do it.

Create the report as you normally would. Below are screenshots showing the report design and result without the top N filter.

Create report

Create report

Adding the filter for the top N report requires two steps:

  1. Add a grouping for Extended Price (the amount shown in the Revenue column). 
  2. Select the number of records to display.

Layout editor

Here’s how the report looks with the new filters.

Report with filters

There you have it! Now you know how to create a top N report in Solver in just a few simple steps.

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