This document describes how to manipulate report controls in the Report Designer and customize the report's layout.
Access Report Element Settings
You can use the Property Grid to access selected element settings.
Click the gray area around the design surface to select the report.
You can also use an element's smart tag to access its most commonly used settings.
Smart tags are available for most report controls, bands and a report itself.
In addition to properties, smart tags can contain context links enabling you to perform various actions.
These commands are also available in the Property Grid.
Move and Resize Report Controls
You can move report controls using the mouse in the same way you move other controls in Visual Studio. To select multiple controls, press and hold the SHIFT or CTRL key and click the required controls.
You can select all the controls within a specific area by clicking an empty place on a report's surface and drawing a rectangle around the required controls.
Use the handles displayed around selected controls to change their size.
You can also use the Report Explorer to move a control. You can move controls to other bands (except DetailReportBand), or into an XRPanel or XRTableCell controls. Select a control and drag it (either within the Report Explorer or to the design surface). The drop targets are highlighted when you drag the control over them.
If a panel or table cell includes only one control, you can use the Fit Bounds to Container command in the context menu to position the control within the container. This command resizes the control so that it occupies all the available space (except borders).
Validate the Report Layout
Your report layout should meet the following requirements to be correctly exported to specific formats: