SQL Server reporting services: How to Add Trademark special symbol in Text?


Problem Statement:

The goal of this blog post is to share a quick tip on SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS): How to add Trademark TM special symbol in Text?


In SSRS, you can put following code in the Expressions:

[code language=”SQL”]

="Text"& ChrW(8482) &" Dashboard"


SQL Server Reporting Services SSRS Trademark special symbol

SQL Server Reporting Services: How to add Interactive Sorting to a Table with no groups?


Sorting is one of the common requirements in a SSRS report that business users ask for, even if they don’t ask – it’s great to have interactive sorting enabled at places where it makes sense. If you’ve a Table with no groups, here’s how you can enable interactive sorting on the table:

1. Right Click on the Column Header:

ssrs interactive sorting column reporting

2. Click on “Text Properties” and navigate to “Interactive sorting”.

3. Check the box “Enable interactive sorting on this text box“. Also since there are no groups, we want to sort “detail rows“. Also, you’ll need to specify the sort by column. For demo, I picked Sales_Amount but you could also have an expression here if you wanted:

Interactive Sorting Text Properties Detail rows reporting4. Click on OK. And run the report – you should see the interactive sorting buttons on the Sales Amount column. Users should be able to sort the data in ascending/descending order using this feature:

Interactive SSRS sorting enabledThat’s about it for this post. I hope this helps!

SQL Server reporting services: How to customize the Legend Text on a chart?


Problem Statement:

How do you customize the Legend Text on a chart? by default, it’s going to show you the name that you have in the Data Set, but sometimes that’s not what you want to display so how do you change the name?

It’s really useful when you don’t want to change the name of field in the dataset or when you are using an expression as an item on the chart and you need to display a business user friendly name on the report:

SSRS Custom Legend TextSolution:

1. Go to Chart Data Properties:

2. To change the Legend Text of “Sales Amount CY” – Navigate to series properties of the “Sales Amount CY” series:

SSRS Chart Series Legend Properties

3. Go to “Legend” and enter the Text in the “Custom Legend Text“:

SSRS Custom Legend Text Series Properties legend custom4. You can customize text for all legends on your report by navigating to the series properties.

SSRS Custom Legend Text Change Name


In this post, I walked you through how you can customize the legend name/text in SQL Server Reporting Services.

SQL Server Reporting Services: How to display Multi Select parameter selected on the report?


Here’s the problem statement:

You’ve a multi select parameter on your SSRS report and you need a way to display that on that the SSRS report. (Note: It’s a good practice because when the report is printed out the parameter values that were selected gets displayed and the consumer know that’s right off the bat.) – So how do you do that?

You added an expression on your report and double clicked on the parameter. If you do so, something like this will show up on your expression values: =Parameters!ProductCategory.Value(0) and after you changed Value to Label “=Parameters!ProductCategory.Label(0)” – here’s what you get on the report:

Multi Select parameter SSRS display


I learned this trick via this stackoverflow thread.

Go back to expression and set the value of the expression to:

[code language=”sql” gator=”false”]

And after I did that, it fixed the problem!

Multi Select parameter SSRS display Join Value Label fixed

I hope this gives a good starting point!

Paras Doshi

SQL Server Reporting Services: What are Drill Down & Drill Through reports?


Analyzing data at summary level is great! it’s gives business users information that they need at summary level to make informed business decisions. But often, they also need to look at details. To satisfy this business requirement, there are two types of reports that you can create in SSRS to show detail level information

1. Drill Down Report.

2. Drill Through report.

So what is the difference in their layout?

Drill Down report:

Note the presence of Toggle Items. + for expand. and – for collapse. As you can see, this makes it easy to go a level below and see the details.

SQL Server Reporting services Drill Down reportDrill Through report:

Note the presence of a formatted text. It’s shown like a hyper linked text. For this report, To see Product level detail of Bikes Category, click on Sales Amount for Bikes category & it would take you a drill through report that shows the details:

SQL Server Drill Through Reporting ServicesSo when to choose Drill Down report vs Drill Through report?

They have different feature & serves different purposes. But there are two things that help me decide in majority of the cases:

1. Is the performance of Drill Down report acceptable (especially if data is surfaced through stored-procedures/queries hitting the data source without a semantic layer in between)?

Yes? Great. If not, then try drill through reports.

2. Are there too many (30-40+) data items show if a user drill downs? Yes? Try drill through.

Related resources:
Drillthrough, Drilldown, Subreports, and Nested Data Regions (Report Builder and SSRS)

Paras Doshi

SSRS Error: “The value expression for the … contains an error. [BC30451] ‘code’ is not declared”


I was working on some enhancements on an existing SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) report & so before started adding enhancements to the report, I made a copy of the existing report. And after that, I tried running the report as-is to make sure everything was functioning as it should. But I got an error:

SSRS Code not declaredSo, when you get an error like this, look for missing custom code in the SSRS report.

If you look at the expression which is throwing the error, you’ll see something like code.<custom function> in the expression.

To solve the error, you’ll have to define the custom function for your report. In my case, I had to copy the code from the existing report to the new version of report that I was working on.

To do that, follow the steps:

Design View > Right click on the surface outside the border of the report > Report Properties > Code:

SSRS Custom Code reporting services

I hope this helps if you run into this SSRS error.

SSRS in SharePoint mode: Data alert & Subscribe are grayed out or disabled.


Environment: SQL Server 2012 reporting services 2012 w/ SharePoint 2010 Enterprise.


For SSRS reports hosted on SharePoint, the Data Alerts & Subscribe are grayed out or disabled.

data alert subscribe ssrs sharepoint 2012

What do you have to do?

You need to upload a SSRS and for the data sources, you’ll have to store the credentials or no credentials.

It’s not ideal for user-level security (e.g. via Windows Authentication) setup on the data source side but the requirement of data alerts and email subscription dictate that you need to stored the credentials or not have credential requirements.

If the New Data Alert option is grayed, the report data source is configured to use integrated security credentials or prompt for credentials. To make the New Data Alert option available, you must update the data source to use stored credentials or no credentials. – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg492251%28v=sql.110%29.aspx

Real-world story:
what we ended up doing at a client’s was to create a SharePoint library for “report subscriptions” which is hidden from end-users. We added a service account to the data source & we store the credentials of the service in the report used for report subscription. And IT “controls” who receives the email. So after a user submits a request to get emails, IT goes in the security database & see’s if a user is fit to receive the email or not. So not all users may get approval to receive the email. That was a solution that we had to take to stay compliant.