Business Central 2021 wave 2 (BC19) new features: Enable or disable Item References from Inventory Setup

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The preview environment for Dynamics 365 Business Central 2021 release wave 2 (BC19) is available now. Learn more:

Update: Generally available: Dynamics 365 Business Central 2021 release wave 2 (BC19)

I will continue to test and share some new features that I hope will be helpful.

Enable or disable Item References from Inventory Setup:

Business value:

To help people focus on their work, we’re reducing the number of fields and actions that are displayed by hiding the related features until an administrator enables them. This feature introduces that for item references.

This feature is very simple, now you can find a new Use Item References setting in Inventory Setup page.

Use Item References
Specifies if you want to use item references in purchase and sales documents.

Use Item References is enable.

Use Item References is disable.

Test video: If customers need to use Item References, please check whether Use Item References has been enabled after upgrading BC19.

1. This is the last step in the journey to replace Item Cross-References with Item References, which started a year ago to address one of the top-voted suggestions Write longer item references.
You can enable Item References feature in the current version.

To avoid disruption for users and partners, these two features coexisted and Item References was controlled by a feature switch on the Feature Management page. In this release (BC19), Item References will be the only option.

2. Don’t forget to update your Extension.

Field ‘Cross-Reference No.’ is marked for removal. Reason: Cross-Reference replaced by Item Reference feature.. Tag: 17.0.

Some Information from Microsoft:

What this means for you

  • If you use cross references, we will convert existing cross references to item references. There is full parity between features and the only change is the name of the controls. Instead of “cross references,” you’ll see “item references.”
  • If you don’t use cross references, the related controls are not shown on the Item Card, Vendor Card, and Customer Card pages, and from sales and purchase documents. If you decide to use Item References, your administrator can easily activate the feature by turning on the Use Item References toggle on the Inventory Setup page.

For more information, see Use Item References.


Hope this will help.

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