MASS Update System Indicator in Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Recently, I refreshed a client test database with a copy of their live database in Microsoft Dynamics NAV so they could test some functionality and do training.  One of the issues that they ran into right away was that it became confusing for them to know which database and company they were accessing.

“What about the system indicator?” you say?  Yep… they were already using that, and now both indicators looked the same. “So we could just open up the company information and change it.” You could, but we would have to do so for all 20-30 of their companies.

Instead, just use a processing report and a little bit of code to rename them and you’ve accomplished your task all with a few mouse clicks.

Basically it uses the system table Company, and cycles through it to get all of the Companies listed.  Then it takes an input for the Indicator Type, Indicator Color and because I wanted to make the option of a prefix to the Company Name, a text input as well.

After creating a report with Company as the dataitem, make a request page with fields that contains matching options for the color of the indicator, and the indicator type.  Because I wanted to give the Company Name a prefix I added a text field for the custom Text and made it required if the Indicator Type “Custom Text” was selected. You may want to change this depending on your needs.

Then add the following code in the OnAfterGetRecord section.

CompanyInformation."System Indicator" := IndicatorType;
IF IndicatorType = IndicatorType::"Custom Text" THEN
CompanyInformation."Custom System Indicator Text" :=
STRSUBSTNO('%1 - %2',InputString,Company.Name);
CompanyInformation."System Indicator Style" := Color;

When you run the report, it cycles through all of the companies in the database and adds the System Indicator with the System Indicator Style (Color) you selected.

For two of our particular clients it may save me 10-15 minutes each time we update their test system.

Not bad for 15 minutes of code.

Feel free to make any improvements or changes, as always we welcome comments below.

If you are interested in finding more information on system indicators then check out these articles on the MIDYNAV or Waldo’s Blog.

Did You Know: Quick way to change Company and Work Date

If you have multiple companies in NAV, you know how to switch between them: File > Company > Open in Classic, or clicking on the Dynamics flags and then Select Company in the RoleTailored Client.

You probably also know that you can use the shortcut Ctrl+O in either version of the NAV client.

But did you know that in the RoleTailored in NAV 2013 and 2009, you can switch between companies simply by clicking the Company name in the status bar at the bottom left of the main NAV window?


Change Company and Work DateClick and change. That simple.

This also works for changing the Work Date, which is displayed right next to the Company name in the status bar.