from the context menu, as
shown in Illustration 12.
Illustration 12: Select
Properties from the Context Menu ...
Properties dialog appears, defaulted to the General tab.
In the Columns
section of the Groups tab (in the lower half of the tab), select the
middle group, named matrix1_Sales_Territory_Group.
Edit button, as depicted in Illustration 13.
Illustration 13: Editing
the Matrix1_Sales_Territory_Group Column Group ...
and Sorting Properties dialog appears, defaulted to its General tab.
Atop the General
tab, change the existing Name to the following:
Click the row
containing the Expression value (currently the expression is Fields!Sales_Territory_Group.Value),
within the Group on list, to enable the selector.
within the selector, as shown in Illustration 14.
Replacing the Existing Group Expression ...
to accept our modifications, and to close the Grouping and Sorting Properties dialog.
on the Groups tab, to close the Matrix Properties dialog.
Once again on
the Layout tab, within the Matrix Data Region, right-click the
value appearing underneath the Internet Orders column heading (the
leftmost of the two remaining value cells).
on the context menu that appears, as depicted in Illustration 15.
Illustration 15: Modifying
Properties for the Count Value ...
On the Textbox
Properties dialog that next appears, click the Format tab.
existing Format code setting (in the upper left corner of the Format
tab) with the following string:
we are simply changing the existing format to one more appropriate for a count
value. The Format code appears on the Format tab of the Textbox
Properties dialog as shown
in Illustration 16.
Illustration 16: Replacing
the Existing Format Code ...
to accept our modifications, and to dismiss the Textbox Properties dialog.
need to change the column heading associated with the Group we modified
earlier, so that it reflects Months, versus the previous grouping
criteria of Sales Territory Group.
the text box containing the column label (immediately above the two measure
values column labels) in the Layout tab (the text box currently
contains the expression =Fields!Sales_Territory_Group.Value).
from the context menu that appears, as depicted in Illustration 17.
Modifying the Primary Column Label
expression in the upper portion of the Editor with the following:
that the intent is to label the column to reflect the nature of the Group we
have put in place: Months instead of Sales Territory Group.
Editor appears, with our modification, as shown in Illustration 18.
Illustration 18: The
Expression Editor with Our Substitution in Place
to accept our modification, and to dismiss the Expression Editor.
column heading for which we have just changed the expression, if necessary, simply
to select the textbox.
Change the Font
Size, in the Format toolbar atop the design environment, from 12pt
to 10pt, to make the presentation more compact, as depicted in Illustration
Illustration 19: Change
the Font to 10pt ...
remains to complete our preparatory steps is to remove the pre-existing Report
Parameter. Recall that one of our earlier steps was to remove the Product
entry from the Filter pane (the sample report from which our report was
cloned came equipped with a parameterized Product filter). This entry
had been established with the Parameter checkbox selected, a common way
to create a parameterized filter, as we have seen in various other
articles of the MSSQL Server Reporting
Services series. Because parameterization was selected for the
Product filter, it follows that a Report Parameter might well have
been created at the time the entry was made. We will now remove the
remaining Report Parameter.
From the main
menu, select Report ->
as shown in Illustration 20.
Illustration 20: Select
Report -> Report Parameters...
Parameters dialog opens, and we see a single Report Parameter
the ProductCategory Parameter is selected.
Click the Remove
button, as depicted in Illustration 21.
Illustration 21: Removing
the Residual Report Parameter ...
to accept our modifications, and to dismiss the (now empty) Report
execute the report to ascertain that our modifications are complete, and that
we have a working report for the practice session that follows.
Click the Preview
tab, as shown in Illustration
Illustration 22: Click
the Preview Tab to Execute the Report
is being generated message briefly appears, and then the report displays.
The modified report appears as partially depicted in Illustration 23.
Illustration 23: The
Modified Report (Partial View)
that the fiscal months July 2001 through July 2004 appear
(representing a total of 37 months, the earliest of which are relatively
sparse with regard to data).
report is now ready for the practice exercise, which we will begin in the next