Simple Calculated Fields In Dynamics365

Calculated fields have been around in Dynamics for a few years now.  Like anything new though, people can be resistant to change because of perceived complexity.

In it’s simplest form let’s create a new entity with two fields that are comprised of whole numbers.

We will then create a new field of type “Calculated”.

DyanmicsFields2The new window that opens enables me to define the formula (with many pre-built formulas included).  In this case, it’s simple addition, new_value1 + new_value2.

Dynamics3When done and published, I can now create some records where the attribute Combined Value now displays the sum of the specified attributes.

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Now if we want to add a little more logic to the view, I could add a condition where we only apply the calculation when Value1 is “12”. To do this, I’d simply modify the condition for the calculated field.

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After making this change, my view now appears as follows.

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Visual Studio Compatibility

If you’re like me and spend most of your time in Visual Studio, being kicked out to open a Work Item can be an unwelcome window popup and waiting for something to load (that doesn’t need to).

Translation: When I’m in Visual Studio, working in Visual Studio, I don’t need my bugs to open in a browser.

Thankfully this is easy to change.

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