Sometimes, SQL Server Reporting Services users like to see what could be considered multiple reports in a single SSRS report. In most cases we can easily accomplish this using more than one data region in the report. If not, we can always use a subreport.
Let's say we have a report called the Top 10 Report. In it, we wish to see the top ten products sold by order quantity. We'd also like to see the top 10 resellers of our products, again by order quantity. This could be accomplished using multiple data regions or using two subreports.
We'll use two table data regions for this demonstration. This is shown in the following figure.
Previewing the report produces the following results.
This generally works well. Our users can view the single report and examine the details from its two data regions. If we choose, we can use conditional formatting techniques to dynamically show or hide each data region. But I digress; back to our example.
When our Top 10 Report is exported into Microsoft Excel format, both data regions are exported to the same worksheet as shown in the figure below.
This causes some users angst. They wish each data region to be exported to a separate worksheet or tab.
We can easily do this. Examine the properties for the first table data region. You'll notice that there is a boolean property named PageBreakAtEnd. By default, this value is set to False. Changing its value to True will cause a page break to be inserted after the table.
A page break at the end of a data region will cause a new tab to be created when the report is exported to Microsoft. The first data region, the Top 10 Products Sold by Order Quantity, appears on the first tab.
The Top 10 Resellers by Purchase Quantity report appears on the second tab of the Excel workbook.
So using this technique we can effectively combine multiple reports in the one Reporting Services report, while giving our users the ability to export them to different tabs in Microsoft Excel.
Got a good tip or trick for Reporting Services? I'd love to hear about it.