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Posted Dec 19, 2005

Interactive Sorting Within Reporting Services - Page 4

By William Pearson

Create a Copy of the Sales Order Detail Report

As we have noted, we will begin with a copy of the Reporting Services 2005 Sales Order Detail report, which we will use for our practice exercise in meeting the business requirements of the Adventure Works information consumers.

1.  Right-click the Reports folder underneath the Shared Data Sources folder, in the Solution Explorer.

2.  Select Add --> Existing Item ... from the cascading context menus that appear, as shown in Illustration 10.


Illustration 10: Adding the Report to the Project ...

The Add Existing Item – AdventureWorks Sample Reports dialog appears.

3.  Navigate to the actual location of the sample reports (we provided the default path earlier), if the dialog has not defaulted thereto.

An example of the Add Existing Item – AdventureWorks Sample Reports dialog dialog, having been pointed to the sample Reports folder (which contains the Sales Order Detail report we seek), appears as partially shown in Illustration 11.

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Illustration 11: Navigating to the Sample Reports Folder ...

4.  Right-click the Sales Order Detail report inside the dialog.

5.  Select Copy from the context menu that appears, as depicted in Illustration 12.

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Illustration 12: Performing a Quick Copy of the Sales Order Detail Report

6.  Right-click somewhere in the white space inside the Add Existing Item – AdventureWorks Sample Reports dialog.

7.  Select Paste from the context menu that appears, as shown in Illustration 13.


Illustration 13: Select Paste within the New Folder ...

A copy of the Sales Order Detail report appears within the dialog.

8.  Right-click the new file.

9.  Select Rename from the context menu that appears.

10.  Type the following name in place of the highlighted existing name:

RS024_Interactive Sort.rdl

NOTE: Be sure to include the .rdl extension in the file name.

The renamed copy of the Sales Order Detail sample report appears as depicted in Illustration 14.


Illustration 14: The New Report File, RS024_Interactive Sort.rdl

11.  Click the white space to the right of the file name, to accept the new name we have assigned.

12.  Re-select the new file by clicking it.

13.  Click Add on the dialog box to add the new report to report project AdventureWorks Sample Reports.

RS024_Interactive Sort.rdl appears in the Reports folder, within the AdventureWorks Sample Reports project tree in the Solution Explorer, as shown in Illustration 15.


Illustration 15: The New Report Appears in Solution Explorer – Report Folder

14.  From the main menu in the design environment, select File ---> Save All, as depicted in Illustration 16.


Illustration 16: Select File --> Save All to Save Our Work So Far ...

We now have a clone report file within our Reporting Services 2005 Project, with which we can proceed in the next section to add interactive sort capabilities.



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