is a critical aspect when it comes to detailed reports or complex report
generating. There are many importance that a report has grouping. In this
article we are going look some great things with report grouping.
Well this article doesn't have any advance stuff, I am going step by step
in creating report and on. But for some this might not suit enough to learn
very basic. But I think this is good enough. Let’s see,
Creating The Report
Database table structure which use for demo;
Visual Studio, here I am using Visual Studio 2012. Create an empty web
application. If you want the report in Windows Application go on by creating
you get your project ready, let’s create the
DataSet provide disconnected
representation of a result from an original database.
right click on Project -> Add New Item
the new window opened, select Data Tab from left side panel. Then Select
that right click on the data set designer and select Add ->
TableAdapter Configuration Wizard window will open.
you are creating reports in a new project which doesn't have any data base
connection strings on
web.config you need to create a new connection.
that click New Connection Button,
Add Connection window will open.
your server name. If you are using local machine it will be your Machine Name.
But if it is a remote server you need to put server name. Any how you couldn't
find server name you only need to right click on server in Ms Sql Server ->
Properties. Then you find the server name as Name.
you enter Server Name your databases will populate in to drop down in Connect
To a Database Group. Then Select your database.
the next screen Tick "Yes, Save the connection as:" so you don't have
to set it again. This will save your Connection in Application Configuration
if you already have your connection, just select the connection and click Next.
the next screen you need to Choose your command type. Whether you are going to
get data from a Sql Query or to create a Stored Procedure or Choose a already
created stored procedure in database. I have already created my stored
procedure in my data base. So I am going to select "Use existing stored
Click Next, from next screen select your stored procedure and click Finish.
you can see you
TableAdapter in DataSet Designer.
you need to preview data in Data Set.
Click on Table Adapter and select Preview. If your Stored Procedure needs
parameters to pass you need to pass them. But in my case it doesn't take any
parameters. Click Preview.
you are using a stored procedure with parameters the approach might be
different. Since this article is regarding Report Grouping I won't go in to
Adding Report Viewer
dataset is ready to use. Now let’s see how to create the report.
that you need to create a new
WebForm and insert a
ReportViewer on to page.
you need to insert the Ajax Script Manager to page.
ReportViewer needs script
manager in order to make server calls. Drag and drop Ajax Script Manager from
in Page Html Source page or designer page select more option icon on report
in Source Page click report viewer tag,
in Designer Page click report viewer.
that select "Design a New Report"
Report Wizard will open.
Report Wizard select created dataset (
DataSet1) and Table Adapter. Then click
from next screen select all the Fields in 'Available Fields' box and drag and
drop them to 'Values' box. Choose the fields that you need to be in the report
only. Then click Next.
the next screen select the report style. I prefer Ocean.
your report looks like this.
your report and make it looks nice and cool.
Now let’s set the report to
ReportViewer. For that select more option in report viewer and select choose a report.
Adding Report Header that Repeats in every page
let’s create the Reports header that needs to be display in every page.
Click on Report body -> Insert -> Page Header.
a report heading and any details that you need to display in report header. You
can use report tools panel in left hand side.
let’s set the report properties that makes report display in every page.
that Right Click on report header -> Header Properties.
general tab tick the options as follows.
data returns from my Stored Procedure and binds them to my report.
need to Group my data from Product Type and Warehouse.
start the Report Grouping.
Click on the report details row and select Add Group -> Parent Group. Give
any relevant name to the group.
at the bottom of the page you see Row Groups. And it has
Group1 and select Group Properties.
the Group Properties window select General Tab. Then select the field that
needs to be group from Group on. In my case I select "Product Type"
select Page Breaks tab in the same window.
the "Between each instance of Group" and click OK.
you can see a new column has added to the Table.
newly added columns select the cell. Now you can see a small icon at the top
right in the cell. Click it and select the field that need to be group (in my
case it’s Product Type).
you can see that report has break in to several pages group type wise.
is mine. You can see the pages of the report in report viewer control panel.
Repeating Table Header in every page
we need to repeat the Table header as well.
that you need to click the Arrow in right bottom of the editor and Click
you can see two more Grey rows as Static in Row Groups.
on the Top Static Row and Navigate to Property panel.
KeepWithGroup" property to '
RepeatOnNewPage" property to '
must see that Table header also have repeated.
Report Sub -Grouping
we are going to have another child group that group warehouse wise.
that Right Click on the Group1 -> Add Group -> Child Group
a relative name to group and add it.
as like earlier select the icon on newly added columns cell and select field
that need to group. In my case it's
Report Sub -Grouping
go to child group properties and change the "Group On".
the application and see.
Report Totals Row
let’s add a Total of Qty column group wise. In my case I need the Product wise
that Right Click on the Child Group cell -> select Add Total -> After.
you can see that new Row added to table. Deleted non relevant cells.
the same to get the Total Product Sum which needs to come on last page. Right
Click on the Parent Group cell -> Add Total -> After.
can do the Report Styling as you prefer from the tool bar at the report
Final Out Come
let’s see the Final Report.
HTML source code.
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<%@ Register Assembly="Microsoft.ReportViewer.WebForms, Version=22.214.171.124, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=89845dcd8080cc91" Namespace="Microsoft.Reporting.WebForms" TagPrefix="rsweb" %>
Points of Interest
Search results of creating RDLC reports.
is RDLC report?
- RDLC is a client side reporting, Reports are
deployed with the applications (windows app or web app).
- Limited functionality in exporting the report.
- Report's data processing and rendering needs
space of the hosting application where Reports are hosted.
- Has performance issue since the report data in
process at the report.