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What to do if the “Datatypes” button is disabled in Datastream

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When using Datastream, what do you do if the “Datatypes” button is disabled, or the “No datatype” box is greyed out? There are two common reasons why this happens, with easy but unexpected resolutions.

This only applies to Datastream Desktop, (we use version 5.1).

Datastream request typeReason 1: Static request or report

You may have chosen to perform a static request, under the option “Analysis, Single Series – Data, Static Data”. In this case, the datatype is selected under the blue “Settings” button (above the “Run Now!” button). From here, you can select up to nine datatypes using the “Datastream Navigator” button Datastream Navigator button in static request.

If you have chosen a report, such as “Analysis, Overview of Company Performance”, no datatype selection is available.

Reason 2: Time series request button bug

If you have chosen to perform a time series request, under the option “Analysis, Single Series – Data, Time Series Data”, the “Datatypes” button should be clickable. Next to it is a “No Datatype” tick box which will enable and disable the “Datatypes” button.

Occasionally, this tick box gets stuck. You can fix it by doing the following.

  1. Tick the “Expert” tick box
  2. Untick the “Expert” tick box
  3. Now you can untick the “No datatype” box
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