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Create a Master-Detail Report with a Detail Report Band

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This tutorial illustrates how to display hierarchical data in a master-detail report using nested Detail Report bands. This approach allows you to create a report by database queries that are tied by a master-detail relationship on the data source level.

An alternative way is described at Create a Master-Detail Report with a Subreport.

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To get started with this tutorial, open an existing reporting application or create a new application (the Add a Report to Your .NET Application section explains how to create a reporting application on different platforms).

Do the following to create a master-detail report:

  1. Add a SQL data source and provide it with a master-detail relationship as described in the Bind a Report to a Database topic. In this example, we will use the Categories and Products data tables of the sample Northwind database to establish the Categories-Products master-detail relationship.

    The Field List will be updated to reflect the new hierarchy of the report’s data.


  2. To create a detail report, right-click the report’s Detail band. In the invoked context menu, point to Insert Detail Report and click “CategoriesProducts”.

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  3. If the DetailReport is properly bound to the data, the following properties of the created DetailReport band should be set automatically.


  4. Drop the CategoryName and Description fields in the Field List window onto the Detail band.

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  5. Drop the ProductName and UnitPrice fields from the Field List’s CategoriesProducts section onto the DetailReport‘s Detail1 band.

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    Note that these fields must be taken from the CategoriesProducts relationship, and not from the Products table. Otherwise, the report will display only the first record of the Products table for each category, as many times as there are records in each category.

    You can convert the dropped labels to a table to simplify control alignment. See the Convert Labels to Table topic for more information.

Your report is now ready to be generated. In Visual Studio, you can view the report by switching to the Preview tab.


To learn how to make the detail sections collapse or expand when clicking them in Print Preview, see Create Drill-Down Reports.


Tutorials that explain how to create different reports using Web Report Designer are included in the End-User Documentation online help section.