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Posted Oct 20, 2005

MSSQL Server Reporting Services : Mastering OLAP Reporting: Drilling Through Using MDX - Page 12

By William Pearson

63.  Type the following expression into the footer within the column currently bearing the column heading brand name:

="Detail Total:  " 

64.  Type the following expression into the footer within the column currently bearing the column heading product name (in the cell to the immediate right of our addition in the previous step):

=Parameters!pX_ProductName.Value

65.  Type the following expression into the footer within the column currently bearing the column heading store sales (in the cell to the immediate right of our addition in the previous step):

=SUM( Fields!store_sales.Value)

The Table Data Region, with our modifications to this point, appears as shown in Illustration 81.

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Illustration 81: The Table Data Region with Our Modifications to this Point ...

66.  Highlight all columns of the Table Data Region, once again.

67.  Select "8" in the Font Size selector to the right of the Font Name selector in the Report Formatting toolbar, as depicted in Illustration 82, to reduce the font throughout the table for more compactness.


Illustration 82: Modifying the Font Size for the Table Data Range

68.  Click the gray bar to the left of the top row (containing the column headings) to select the entire row.

69.  Click the Bold button in the Report Formatting toolbar (to the immediate right of the Font Size setting we made earlier).

70.  Click the gray bar to the left of the new Group Footer row (in which we inserted expressions earlier) to select the entire row.

71.  Click the Bold button in the Report Formatting toolbar, once again.

72.  Change each column heading name from the respective "Current Name" to the "New Name," as presented in Table 2.

Current Name

New Name

the date

Date

store state

State

store city

City

store name

Store

brand name

Brand

product name

Product

store sales

Sales


Table 2: New Column Headings ...

The Table Data Region, with our modifications to this point, appears as shown in Illustration 83.


Illustration 83: The Table Data Region with Most Recent Modifications ...

73.  Add a Textbox above the Table Data Region, by clicking the Textbox item in the Toolbox, and then clicking the Layout tab about midway between the top of the table and the top of the Layout tab, aligning the Textbox with the left edge of the tab, as depicted in Illustration 84.


Illustration 84: Place a Textbox Between the Table and the Top of the Layout Tab

74.  Stretch the Textbox to approximately the beginning of the Table column with heading "Brand."

75.  Type the following expression into the Textbox:

="Product Name:  " & Parameters!pX_ProductName.Value

76.  Select the Textbox, once again, and click the Bold button, once more.

The Data Tab, with our new addition, appears as shown in Illustration 85.


Illustration 85: The New Label Textbox ...

We could add a formal report title as well, but we will leave the detail report as is, as it is close enough to the consumer specifications to begin testing its operation after connecting it to the primary report. We will accomplish these remaining steps in the next section.

77.  Right-click the cell in the Detail (third from the top) row, containing the expression for the date (=Fields!the_date.Value), in the Date column of the Table Data Region.

78.  Select Properties from the context menu that appears, as depicted in Illustration 86.


Illustration 86: Formatting the Date ...

The Textbox Properties dialog appears.

79.  Ensure that the Standard radio button in the Format section (top right half of the dialog) is selected.

80.  Click Date in the list box underneath Standard, to select it.

81.  Click the bottom option in the box to the right (10/12/05 is the example format that appears here), as shown in Illustration 87.


Illustration 87: Selecting a Compact Date Option

82.  Click OK to accept changes and to close the Textbox Properties dialog.

83.  Leaving the same cell (containing =Fields!the_date.Value) selected, left justify the value by clicking the Align Left button in the Report Formatting toolbar, as depicted in Illustration 88.


Illustration 88: Left Justify the Date Field

84.  Click the gray bar atop the column labeled Brand.

85.  In the Properties window for the selected column, give the column a width of "1.5" (bottom setting in the window), as we have modified column widths in preceding steps.

86.  Click the gray bar atop the column labeled Product.

87.  In the Properties window for the selected column, give the column a width of "2.25" (bottom setting in the window), as before.

88.  Select File --> Save All to save all work to the present.



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