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Differences between Report Builder and Reporting Services
Part six of a seven-part series of blogs

Report Builder and BIDS (the Visual Studio add-in for creating Reporting Services reports) are essentially the same underneath their very different looking skins. This blog lists the small number of differences.

  1. Report Builder vs. Reporting Services - Differences
  2. Report Builder Difference 1 - Look and Feel
  3. Difference 2 - Report Builder 3.0 has more wizards
  4. Difference 3 - Creating Datasets in Report Builder
  5. Difference 4 - Expression Intellisense in Report Builder
  6. Difference 5 - Using Report Parts in Report Builder (this blog)
  7. Other Differences for Report Builder

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 November 2011

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Difference 5 - Using Report Parts in Report Builder

Report Builder 3.0 allows you to insert Report Parts into reports:

Inserting a report part

This feature has no equivalent in BIDS!


To do this, you must first publish the report part:

Publishing report parts

To publish report parts, click on the icon in the top left of the Report Builder window.


A Report Part is a collection of report items grouped together, which you can reuse again and again.  As such this is a good idea - which makes one wonder why it isn't available in BIDS.

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