SBS Online Redesign Blog Series – Actions, Filters, Hidden ribbon

School Budget Management Software SBS Online

This is the Ninth installment of our SBS Online Redesign Blog Series.

This series of blogs has been created to ensure that schools are familiar with the software redesign before it is released. Not an SBS Online user? Book a demonstration →

Previous blogs in this series:

Blog 1: Login screen
Blog 2: Dashboard
Blog 3: School Navigation
Blog 4: Budget Navigation
Blog 5: Planning & Reporting Menu
Blog 6: Search Function
Blog 7: Edit & Save Button
Blog 8: School Details

Next blogs in this series:

Blog 10: Report View
Blog 11: Monitoring Status
Blog 12: Payroll Reconciliation
Blog 13: Budget Tabs
Blog 14: Budget Settings

Preview of the Actions, Filters, Hidden ribbon


To improve the user experience, the Actions in the redesign will function as per the current version but will feature clear icons depicting report style, edit and export options. If hovered over, the icon will provide a description of the action.


Filtering is a key part of SBS Online, and at present simply typing a keyword and pressing return provides a wealth of data in its results. One benefit of the redesign is that information will appear instantly as the user enters their keywords, without needing to press enter. Furthermore, the top bar will show the user the number of Filters that are applied for the results.


One feature of the redesign will be the ability for users to hide columns to have a clearer view of their report. When users left-click on the column header they will see two options – to Sort by that column or to Hide that column. This will remove that column from the report and it will now be found in the Hidden tab. To unhide that column, the cross will remove it from the Hidden tab and put it swiftly back into the report. As with the current software, this will be user specific for personal preference.

SBS Online Search

This is how it looks currently:

Edit Save Button

About this blog series

As mentioned in the previous blogs of this series, the redesign of our school budget management software SBS Online will greatly improve the user experience, make financial planning easier and save significant time when navigating across the menus.

We have always concentrated on functionality and performance over cosmetics. However we feel that it is about time SBS Online had a bit of a facelift.

In preparation for this we will post several blogs from now until the release to give you a taste of the differences and similarities between the current software and the new design.

Our support before, during and after release

We are working hard to ensure that the redesign will greatly improve the user experience, make your budgeting easier and save you time when navigating across the software.

It’s also very important to us that the update causes minimal disruption to our users. We’re excited for you to see the redesigned software in full and we’re confident that this series of blogs will ensure that you are familiar with how it looks before it is even released!

The vast majority of menu items and sub-menu page locations will remain untouched. They may just appear in a different layout. We love that SBS Online is simple to use and intuitive and this will remain central to the redesign brief.

On the release day the SBS Online Service Desk team will be on hand as ever to help you with any queries.

Want to find out more?

Book a demonstration →

See the SBS team demonstrating the software live at Academies Show London on 25th April.

Contact us about our Budget Management Focus Groups. These sessions will give you the opportunity to network with SBS Online users in your region, discover top tips about the software and provide suggestions for our development roadmap.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Service Desk on 0345 222 1551 • Option 8 or email

SBS Online is the leading budget planning and monitoring software package for schools, trusts and local authorities. Learn more about how SBS Online can make your life easier.

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