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.
Hold down ALT when you use the mouse, or CTRL when you use the keyboard, to move or resize controls without snapping.
Convert Labels to Table
You can convert multiple labels to a table to simplify control alignment.
Hold CTRL or SHIFT and click labels to select them. Right-click any of the selected labels and select Convert To Table from the context menu. A table with one row is added to the report instead of the selected labels.
The Convert To Table option is not available if any of the selected labels overlap horizontally.
The created table occupies horizontal space from the leftmost label's left edge to the rightmost label's right edge, and vertical space from the topmost label's top edge to the lowest label's bottom edge.
The horizontal gap between labels is included in the left cell.
The table cells copy all property values from the labels.
Add Report Controls to Containers
The Panel control allows you to place various report controls on it to combine them into a group.
You can use this panel to move, copy, change appearance settings, etc. instead of adjusting individual controls.
A table cell can also act as a container for other controls.
Both panel and table cells cannot contain the following report controls:
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: