About the Configure account structures form [AX 2012]

Updated: February 1, 2013

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

A relational chart of accounts uses an account structure that requires that you set up valid accounts and financial dimension values, and then set up rules to specify how the accounts and dimensions will come together to create account structures. Setting up valid combinations helps make sure that data entry is accurate.

You can use the Configure account structures form to create one or more account structures. Account structures consist of main accounts and can include financial dimension segments. The account structures are used to define the valid combinations which, together with the main accounts, form a chart of accounts.

You can view the whole account structure, which includes the valid combination of values that can be entered in a dimension, in the following ways:

  • Horizontally – View the columns that show the dimensions that make up the structure.

  • Vertically – View the hierarchical visualization of the rules that describe how the combinations behave.

When you use multiple account structures, you can track information for specific accounts without affecting information in other accounts.




Active account structure


Draft account structure


Account structure segment


Filter button


Add segment button


Action menu


Add %1 node button



Account structure

A structure that defines the valid combinations of main account and dimension values.


Each column in the Configure account structures form. Segments consist of main accounts or financial dimensions.

Filter button

A button that opens the Which values are allowed for the %1 field form, where you can specify the values that are allowed for each segment.

Action menu

A menu icon that is displayed next to segment rows. Click the Action menu to set active dates and to copy, paste, delete, or move segments.


The arrangement of account segments, advanced rules, and criteria.

Advanced rule

A relationship principle that helps make sure that dimension values are entered correctly, and are filtered and validated according to the dimension structure. Advanced rules are defined for each account structure.

Financial dimension

An attribute that additionally defines an entity.

Ledger account

The combination of main account and other dimension values, as defined by the chart of accounts, and which classifies financial activity.

Main account

The type of record—asset, liability, revenue, expense, or owner’s equity—that is used for recording individual transactions in an accounting system.

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