Types of Reports in SSRS

Types of SSRS Reports

Taking Sub Reports

  • Sub Report displays the content in the main report or is the report in the main report.
  • It can take parameters.
  • Generally, subreports are taken in real-time to display particular information for every row (or) set of rows in the main report

Eg:- Display every branch and its report in the main report.

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Main Report
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  1. Create a report (report2) and take a parameter to the report
  2. Take a new column in the main Report and Drag and Drop sub-report from the toolbox to the column and specify the below subreport properties:


Name Location _ SUB_Reprt

Use this report as subreport: party2

Visibility: Select SHOW

Parameters: Click ADD

Name                    Value

VARLOC               [PARTYLOC]

Border: Style: Solid

Width                    : 2pt

Working with Chart Report

To display the data in a more analytical way chart reports are useful.

These display data in the required chart type the chart report contains 3 sections.

a) Data Section → Have actual data presented

b) Category sections → here group-wise in-formation displayed

c) Series section → It displays the information related to the series of data presented in the report.

Types of Charts:

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1) Display locations and their total incomes

Sol:- Take income on data section and location in the category section

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2) Display party code wise income in a very location

Sol:- Take income on data section and location in category section & code in the series section

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Changing Chart Type:

Chart → rt click → shape → select shape.

Taking Labels on chart:

On the chart → rt click-click show data labels

1) Chart properties

  • General
  • Visibility
  • Filter
  • Fill
  • Border

2) Chart Area properties

→ 3D options, visibility, fill, border, shadow

3) Series properties

→ Series Data:

Value field:

[Sum [Party Income]]

  • Visibility, Axes & chart Area, Fill …..etc.Series properties

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4) Legend properties

  • General:

Name: Location –Code

Layout: auto table

→ Visibility, font, fill, Border, shadow ……..etc

Note:- Chart report takes parameters and it supports action implementation.

→ For changing the default dataset values go to series properties and change the value field

----    Related Page: SSRS – How To Create Dynamic Reports Using Parameters    ----

Matrix Reports:

This is useful to display cross tab reports.  Generally, it displays data in the form of matrix-like rows against columns. It contains 3 sections.

  • Row Section → Row wise information displays.

  • Column section → It displays column-wise information

  • Data section → It many have summarized (or) aggregated (or) Normal data against row and column section. It also supports parameters, actions, etc..

→ Take (drag & Drop) Matrix on the layout

→ Take location in the row section, code in column section, Income in the data section

LOC*Code                 Party code

Party Loc                   [sum[prtyinc]]

→ To change color, font ..etc press F4 (or) go to generic method & change it

Matrix Report
  • we can add groups in the row-wise (or) column-wise report → rt click → Insert row

  • The matrix report supports tablix properties.

  • Taking subtotal within the matrix report

a) Go to row section → rt click-click insert row → Outside group below

b) Go to column section → rt Click → click insert row → outside group right.

----     For more info: Matrix Reports in SSRS     ----

List Report:

It displays a list of contents

  • It uses tablix properties

  • This is used to display columnar reports (or) table reports

List box properties are rectangle properties

  • Drag and drop text boxes and design like below
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To change the font, color … etc go to properties (or) press F4

  • Take a line from the toolbox of report items and take before (or) after (or) where ever you require in the list report.

  • Displaying each row content in separate Go to rectangle properties à Generalà Name: Rectangle 1

  • Page break options à select 1st & b2nd options.

----     Related Page: Different Parts Of Creating Drill Down Reports In SSRS     ----

Rectangle properties:- Change name and page break option

General → Name:  [Rectangle 1]

Page break Options:

Add a page break before

Add a page break after

[]   Omit border o the page break

  • Visibility

  • Fill

  • Border

Guage Report

Newly added in 2008.

→ It displays information like industrial meters, bike speedometers

→ 2 types of gauges

1. Radial Guage

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2. Linear Guage

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  • Take a guage in one of the columns in the existing report

  • Specify a radial pointer (or) linear pointer as party code

  • To change the pointer values (or) work with pointers go to properties

Pointer Options:

Value:                                                   = fields! Party code. Value

Expression:                                         =Fields! Party code.value

Pointer type:                                     Needle




Needle style:


Tapered with style

Placement and size options:

Placement (relative to scale) distance

Inside                                                    0



  • Action

  • pointer fill

  • pointer border.

  • cap options

  • cap fill

  • shadow → click ok

Guage panel properties:

a) General


Tooltip: MSBI Guage

Data set Name:


Page break options:

b) Visibility

c) Filter

d) Fill


Guage panel properties

Scale Properties:

Scale Properties

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Last updated: 04 Apr 2023
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