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CognosPaul’s “Bag of Tricks”
Copy anything to the clipboard that can be copied/pasted _within_ a report, and paste it in any other report--across browsers, environments and versions of Cognos.
Modify the XML behind objects to make changes to elements that may not otherwise be editable through the Cognos UI (for instance, change data item in a crosstab without removing the node).
More quickly and efficiently create modified copies of objects by modifying XML directly and using built-in find/replace text search, rather than clicking through multiple Cognos menus to update after making the object copy.
Add CSS to Classes/Styles for which Cognos does not provide a UI, then re-use across reports using normal Cognos implementation of Classes (for instance, set transparency on a background color).
Perform more effective unit testing on your reports by gaining visibility into the prompt/parameter being used to run a report while developing at any time.
Quickly, easily and directly modify parameter data while developing and testing
Add or clear values for individual parameters rather than using the built-in Cognos mechanism to "Clear all parameters" and having to starting over in re-adding all prompt defaults.
Cognos Paul’s “Bag of Tricks” is a free download that installs in 3 easy steps.