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How to hide a  null column in Cognos 8

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Hi,

I want to hide a column which is null in one of my cognos report.

The rows of that column have data  but the column is empty and I need to hide it. It is a cross tab report.

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What happens when you select the column and go to properties, click on 'Box Type' and set it to 'None'?
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when the data of that column is null then I need to hide, but sometimes it has data as shown below.

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You can't hide that column if some other rows have value in the same column.
If you hide the null cells, then the total value will move into that place and report  data will look messed up as some total will be in the 2nd for null and others will be in the 3rd.
With some conditional formatting, you may be able to hide the borders for the null cells but hiding doesn't work if there are some values.
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so is there any other workaround  for this issue to avoid the null columns. If so can you please let me know.

Thanks,
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by:SNeupane
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Hiding doesn't make sense in this situation as you'll always have the space from the rows that have values.
You can only conditionally format using a variable to remove the border when value is null so it looks like one big cell instead of two cells.
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by:new_perl_user
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oh ok. But these null values are coming when I wrote a condition to get only the states for 'US'.

Below condition is for 'US' only but I have no clue why it is pulling out even 'Canada' values as null data into the report.

case
when(substring([id],3,1)='U')
then ('US-' + upper("GET_INFO_PKG.GET_NAME" ([State Code])) + '   '  + 'TOTAL')  end

Is my condition wrong ..
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by:SNeupane
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If you are getting correct data from the condition, it's good.
If it gives you extra null rows, you can deal that with a conditional variable.
Create a variable with a condition that checks the column for null.
Use that variable to hide the entire row including all cells on the null value.
Refer to Report Studio user guide on how to use the conditional variable for conditional formatting.
Then, the null rows will be gone.
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by:new_perl_user
ID: 36491601
Hi,
Followed the below steps but it is not working..

1)  Created a Boolean variable with expression as :  if (state) is null
2)  navigated to the report selected the state column  and went to properties > style Variable.
3)  In style Variable selected the Boolean variable created.
4) then in conditional explorer selected the 'Yes' button and it turned green

But when I run the report still the same issue.

Am I missing something plss let me know.  Is my condition wrong to check for null values.
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When it turned green, select all rows and all cells of crosstab except the column level on top and then set box type to 'None'.
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Thank you so much it worked.
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