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Change Cognos Default Report Type

Modified on: Thu, Jun 10, 2021 2:58 PM

Change the default run type from HTML  

Typically reports are defaulted to run to HTML. In Cognos Analytics, default report formats can be changed to any of the following options: 

  • HTML
  • PDF
  • CSV
  • Excel (has WFU watermarks and colors)
  • Excel Data (standard Excel spreadsheet)
  • XML 

To change the default report type, follow the steps below.

1. Click the person icon and select My Preferences.

screenshot of person icon

2. Under General, select the "Report format" dropdown to the format of your choice.


Now your default run type of these reports is the format you selected. 

Keep in mind this process will not affect the default run type of a report if it is already preset at time of creation to a non-HTML format, such as PDF.  

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