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Here is a quick trick on how to show alerts (up/down arrows) using character maps displayed using a label component in SAP Dashboards.

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Every Font has a set of characters apart from the alphanumerics. And these set of characters vary from one font to another. These characters can be seen on character map in Windows.

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Open Character Map in windows by typing ‘charmap’ in Run:

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Scroll down the Character Map window to find some cool set of characters offered by the font. Some fonts like Arial, Times New Roman, etc. contain the arrows ▲▼ that we need. Select the character and copy it so that it can be pasted in the excel sheet of our Dashboards.

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The coloring is achieved by binding the label text color to the excel cell where a simple formula determines whether the color must be RED or GREEN based on the data value.

PS: Not all the fonts’ characters are supported in SAP Dashboards. For instance, I eagerly tried out the cool characters of Windings Script but ended up with disappointment.

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