Create a Template Report
this section, we will launch Reporting Services' Report Designer, and
then create a new report, which we will designate as a template for reuse as
often as we find it needful. We will start with the creation of a new report,
upon which we will base our template.
a Blank Report
of us are aware, creating a new report file is easy.
the Reports folder in Solutions Explorer.
from the context menu that appears.
New Item from the cascading menu, as shown in Illustration 5.
in the Add New Item dialog.
following into the Name box, replacing the default of Report1.rdl
New Item dialog appears, as shown in Illustration 6.
Illustration 6: The Add
New Item Dialog - Initial View
Click the Open
button at the bottom of the Add New Item dialog.
design environment opens. We see the Data, Layout and Preview
tabs appear in the Report Designer. (As I have mentioned in other articles within this series, I have docked many of my
toolbars in places I find convenient. Your environment will probably differ
somewhat, and so may not appear, at times, identical to the illustrations that
appear in my articles.
report has opened in Data View, as shown in Illustration 7.
Illustration 7: The
Design Environment - Data View Tab (Compacted)
Click the Layout
tab atop the Report Designer, to select it.
in the Layout area to ensure it is enabled.