An unnecessary click is required when the "overwrite with" facility is used.

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Every week I use the (otherwise very useful) "Overwrite with" facility to copy last week's data into this week's blank timesheet. I then get a dialog: "You are about to overwrite all time entry data for this timesheet. Are you sure you want to continue?". This dialog, which has to be dismissed with a click, is unnecessary because there is no time entry data to be overwritten.
Not a big deal I realise, but after N weeks of thinking "why do I have to do this" every time it starts to get annoying!
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Pryce, Jon

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Akbar Ali Khan, Official Rep

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Hi Jon,

This is by design and its a warning message for you to take a backup of your current timesheet, in-case if you have data on your current timesheet before overwriting it with previous timesheet data.

Thanks,
Akbar.
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Sorry, you are missing the point. I quite agree that the message is needed if the timesheet already contains data. But when the timesheet does NOT have data, as in my use-case, it is unnecessary to show the dialog and wastes my time. It would be better if a small amount of intelligence was added to the code to suppress the dialog when the timesheet is blank.
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Charlene Eriksen, Product Manager

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Hi Jon,

I can see how that message would be bothersome when you are always starting with a blank timesheet. If you are using the Overwrite option every week, you can have your administrator set up your timesheet template so the data is copied automatically when the new timesheet period starts. Would that help?

Thanks,
Charlene
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Pryce, Jon

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I mainly use overwrite to get the list of projects populated that i was working on last week. This list changes quite frequently so my administrator would soon get annoyed if i kept asking him to change it. I just thought it sounded like a very simple software change you could do to help matters.
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Charlene Eriksen, Product Manager

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For sure, that would be a small change that would be helpful. In the meantime, the option I was referring to was to set up the system to automatically run the Overwrite functionality for you, so you don't have to do it yourself. Your administrator just needs to set it up once and it would copy over the projects from the previous timesheet automatically. Basically, they just choose the same overwrite option in the timesheet template.

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Pryce, Jon

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OK, that sounds useful, and this can be done per employee rather than across the whole company can it? (Sorry, maybe this isn't the right place to ask that question!)
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Charlene Eriksen, Product Manager

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It can. Your administrator would just need to create a separate timesheet template for the employees that want this and assign it to them instead of their current template. It would take effect when the next timesheet is created after the change.

Charlene