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Adding Column Descriptions to Reports



  • Andrea Zenner
    Andrea Zenner ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, please add this. We use reports to limit the number of columns users see when they need to make updates. This would be VERY helpful!

  • Hey everyone,

    Thanks a lot for bringing this up. I also agree to have the modification requested. Column description at user report is actually very important. Is there any updates regarding this?

  • Aliciakenn
    Aliciakenn ✭✭
    edited 10/20/23

    Is there a way you are able to add Column Descriptions onto Reports. I have added a column description in the sheet which the report is ran off of, but this doesn't carry through.

    This is very important for us, as these contain instructions.

    Thank you,


  • TinaPod
    TinaPod ✭✭

    This is a big issue. I see that the Smartsheet Sheet is the back end for the source data. The front end (Reports) for users should have column descriptions. As the folks using the reports are usually not "super users" of Smartsheet, they really need that column description on the report to understand what the field is capturing. This will help mitigate user input errors.

    Reports do not show column descriptions from source Smartsheets. As well, unable to add in column descriptions to Reports. This is frustrating. This is a known issue at Smartsheet for quite some time. Hoping that an update will fix this. As the column description data is available in the Sheet already, please code it so the report can pick it up.

  • KCam
    KCam ✭✭✭

    I build hundreds of reports a year for internal and external team members at Scooters Coffee. Why can't team members see column descriptions (from the original sheet) in their reports?

    People need to understand what each column is used for.


  • I would like to see this feature as well. One challenge for Smartsheet is that Reports can be sourced from multiple sheets, so which sheet do you take the column descriptions from to populate the report. Two ways to address this.

    1. Have a checkbox for choosing which sourced sheet is used to source column descriptions.
    2. Allow reports to have their own independent column descriptions.
  • Avinash Chandra
    Avinash Chandra ✭✭✭✭✭

    Can we get this implemented?

  • rosegarretson
    rosegarretson ✭✭✭✭

    Can we please get an update on this? Our team is finding the lack of Column Descriptions on reports challenging. Please escalate this. Thank you.

  • I just added all of the payroll dates to the column descriptions and then created reports for our various timesheet approvers. Then I discovered that the dates in the descriptions are not showing in the report. Maybe it would be great to have something that allows the option of showing the descriptions or not.