In this article, we will show you how to Create a New Report in SSRS with an example. For this SQL reporting demonstration, We are going to use the below shown Data Source and Data Set.
Please refer to Shared Data Source and Dataset articles to understand the steps involved in creating Shared Data Sources and Dataset that we used to create a new report.
Create a New SSRS Report
After creating a New Project, We have three folders in the solution explorer, such as Shared Data Sources, Datasets, and Reports. The Reports folder is enough to design a basic report.
We can create a new report in multiple ways: Using report Wizard and Normal Mode.
Create SSRS Report using Wizard
First, we will show you the first option, alter we will show the other option. Right-click on the Report folder to open the context menu, and please select the first option, Add New Report.
Once you click on the option, it opens the Report wizard. The first page is a Welcome screen. As we already explained the steps involved in creating a report using the wizard, Please refer to Create using the Wizard article.
Create SSRS Report without using Wizard
In general, we don’t use the wizard to generate any reports. To create a report, usually, first, go to Solution Explorer. Next, within the solution explorer, Right-click on Reports folder -> Add -> New Item
It will open the Add New Item window with all the available options. Please select the option and rename it as per your requirements.
Let me change the newly created report name to a more meaningful one (FirstReport.rdl)
Once you click on the Add button, a new SSRS report with the specified name will create or generate. If you observe the Report Data pane, we have five different folders.
- Built-in Fields: These are the built fields available in SSRS. You can use these items to show the page Numbers, Title.
- Parameters: Used this folder to create parameters. Later, these parameters are used inside the report. Please refer Report Parameters article to understand the steps involved in creating parameters.
- Images: This is used to add images. Please refer Display Images Report article to understand the same.
- Data Sources: This folder is used to create an Embedded Data Source. Please refer to the Embedded Data Source article.
- Datasets: This folder is used to create an Embedded DataSet. Please refer to the Embedded DataSet article.
From the below screenshot, you can see the list of Report Items. We have to use these Report items to create a report based on client requirements.