SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) – Part 3 – Create Report without Wizard

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This is part 3 of series of article on SSRS.

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In this article we are going to see on how to create a report without using the wizard which we used in our first article. The idea behind this article is we will have full control over the creation of report and we can customize it at any level as per our requirement.

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Let’s open BIDS and create a project under Report Server Project as shown in the below image

Now right click on the Report on the right hand side and select Add New item à Report as shown in the below screen

Now you will see the report designer window as shown in the below screen.

Here we have 3 tabs as Data, Layout and Preview. Data tab is used to select which data should we need to show in the report. Clicking on the Datasetà New Dataset as shown in the below screen will help us to select the data source

Now we can write out own query in order to fetch the details which we can show in the reports as shown in the below screen

Now we can shift to the next tab which is LAYOUT tab, where we are going to design the report based on our requirement. Drag and drop the table control from the tool box to the layout screen then your screen should look similar to the one below

Now go back to the Dataset tool pane, and select the columns which should appear in which part of the report as shown in the below screen

We can change the properties of the table report structure by pressing F4 will open the properties tab. You can see the below screen for the different options available to format or customize your report.

Now press F5 to run the application. It will ask for the Login credentials as shown below. Once we give the credentials it will fetch the report

Without running the project itself we can check the result by clicking on the 3rd tab in the project which is nothing but the Preview tab as shown in the below screen


In this article we have seen on how to create a report in BIDS without using the Wizard and how to customize the report based on our requirement.

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