The Retrieve Only Top/Bottom analysis tool, central to top/bottom analysis, leverages Analytic Services server-based sorting and ranking to control the size and order of OLAP query result sets. Thus, the network server is protected from transmitting and the client is protected from processing large result sets.
You can apply Retrieve Only Top/Bottom to result sets of processed queries (using the Analysis Tools right-click menu) and to result sets of unsubmitted queries. Prior to sending queries, click the Data Layout Options button and select Retrieve Only Top/Bottom. During query creation, use the last step of the new document wizard.
The Information panel displays all Analytic Services Retrieve Only Top/Bottom definitions for the current document.