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This formula refers to a level that cannot be referenced from this level

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Explains how to correct "Error: This Formula refers to a Level that Cannot be Referenced from this Level."


I am inputting this formula at the Marketing level: ACCT.Personnel.Headcount[level=Sales]. When I view this on a sheet, the cell is red. What am I doing wrong?


The reason you are receiving this error is because you are referencing data from the Sales level at the Marketing level. The default privacy setting for all accounts is private, meaning that the account is not available for use in formulas written at other levels. In order to reference the Headcount account from the Sales at the Marketing level, you will need to make the Headcount account available at all levels. To do this, navigate to your Modeled Sheet and change the data privacy setting from private to available at all levels for the Headcount account. Once you do this, you should no longer see the error message and the cell will no longer be red.

For all other types of accounts, this can be done by navigating to Modeling > Accounts.

Click here for more information about Data Privacy Settings.

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