Enhancements in NAV 2013

It’s almost half a year gone since the latest version of NAV got released. There are several new features that have been included to make the product more robust. The improvements have enabled both the developer and users very happy to work with. I have listed some of the features which I personally feel very resourceful.

User Productivity Enhancements:

1. Finding and Filtering Enhancements:

  • We can use Find and Filters on lines of any page.
  • This will be useful for End-users to look for a specific line.
  • In prior versions, we need to look for Actions and Select Filter which users found it to be very difficult to locate and access.
  • Now, it is more visible in the Ribbon, so it is easy for the users to know these features are available and make us of it.

For Example: In a Sales Order Document, on a sales Line, we can Find and Filter the lines.

Find: Click the Find button. The screen similar to the below image will open. You can find any field values. For Example: I want to find the name LINDA, in the No. column. So I used “lin” and the cursor will point to the specified line.

Filter: Click the Filter Button or press Shift+F3, choose Add Filter, select the field that you want to filter, and then type a value to filter in the Type to filter box.

Clear the filter using Clear filter Button next to the Filter Button.

Difference b/w find & filter: Find option will only point the cursor to the specific line. Filter option in-turn will display only the filtered value based on the condition specified

2. Ribbon

Action Pane has been redesigned to Ribbon. Press Ctrl+F1 for toggling (expanding or collapsing) the ribbon. The ribbon is organized into Tabs and groups
Nav 2009 R2:

Nav 2013:

  • The commands related to the Page were not visible to the user when working with Actions Pane.
  • In Nav 2013, Microsoft have solved this issue and made the commands more visible & easily accessible.
  • The ribbons in NAV are similar to the Ribbon in Office Tools (Like Word, Excel).

3. Copy/Paste Rows between Dynamics NAV and Excel

Here is one very important/key feature included in NAV 2013 which I feel is going to make users work very simple.
In previous versions of NAV we need to write dataports to load bulk of similar data. Now, instead of Importing and Exporting to excel, we can directly use Copy and Paste Rows without using dataport/xmlport.


  • Reducing the use of separate Objects for exporting and importing.
  • Reduced Time & Easily accessible
  • This functionality is similar to normal Copy and paste in Excel.
  • This will be helpful for the clients who needs only limited no. of rows

For Ex: In the Sales Line, the client needs only Type, No., Quantity and Location, they can easily copy from Navision and paste it as Excel.

4. Select All Lines:

Here is another key area that is addressed with the latest release, selecting all the lines in a grid is now possible in Dynamics NAV 2013 like Excel. The user needs a Single click in the top Left Corner to select all rows from the screen

In Previous version, there is no such facility to select the Rows, every time the user manually needs to hold the Shift key and select the records.

Developer Enhancements:

1. Keys Functionality:

This functionality will enable us to view the Keys that are available in a particular table. Events where we use SETCURRENTKEY() function the user can just hit the F5 button in the C/AL editor to open the C/AL Symbol.

In earlier versions we had no such functionality. When a user needs to set the Key, he has to manually look for the corresponding table in the table designer, search and then set it.

With the latest version we can now easily get all the keys from the C/AL Symbol. This will surely make the developer feel more comfortable and in coding fast.

2. Page Preview:

This is one of the most important functionality that I personally feel has been introduced with the new version. After designing the page, users will now have the option of previewing the page in the development Environment itself.

In versions before this, users have to design the screen, save and then run to view the page in RTC, so there is no way the user can view a page during design mode itself. With the latest version users have the advantage of getting a view of how the screen will appear during design state itself.

3. XmlPort is Runnable in development Environment:

This is a another new feature that has been introducted with the latest version that I believe is going to save precious time. While Running an XML Port this feature will ask the user with an Option to Import or Export.

In earlier versions, we need to use separate objects to write codes to perform export/import. With this version the functionality is inbuilt and is cool to work with.

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