SSRS Reporting Services | Grouping tables exercise | Group Films with Dragon in the Title by Genre

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Software ==> SSRS Reporting Services  (99 exercises)
Version ==> SSRS 2016 and later
Topic ==> Grouping tables  (6 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Subject ==> SSRS training
Before you can do this exercise, you'll need to download and unzip this file (if you have any problems doing this, click here for help). Once you've done this:
  1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
  2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
  3. Execute this script.

This will generate the database that you'll need to use in order to do this exercise (note that the database and script are only to be used for exercises published on this website, and may not be reused or distributed in any form without the prior written permission of Wise Owl).

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Create a new report called Enter The Dragon and add a data source which connects to the Movies database.

Create a dataset which selects the following fields:

Dataset fields

You'll need the Film and Genre tables to select these fields.


Filter the dataset so that it returns only films whose title contains the word dragon.  You could do this by applying a filter to the dataset as shown below:

Filter dataset for dragons

If you're comfortable writing SQL you could add a WHERE clause to your query instead to achieve the same result.

Add a table to the report and assign fields to it as shown below:

Table design

Don't add the Genre field at this stage.


Add a parent group to the (Details) item in the Row Group panel at the bottom of the screen.

Grouping table

Choose to group by the Genre field and don't forget to add a header and footer!


At this point your table should look like this:

Grouped table

The symbols on the left of the table indicate that you have applied grouping to it.


Begin tidying up the table by deleting the top row and the leftmost column.

Deleted row and column

Your table should now look like this.


Insert a new row at the top of the table, making sure that you do this inside the Genre group.

Inserted row

If you've done this correctly, the table should look like this.


From here you could:

  • Merge the cells in the top row and assign the Genre field to it.
  • Type in some column headings in the second row.
  • Add an aggregate function to the RunTimeMinutes column.

Your table should now look like this:

Constructed table

You can apply the Sum function to the RunTimeMinutes column by picking that field in the bottom-right cell of the table.


Apply some basic formatting so that your report resembles this one:

Final report

You could choose to put a page break between each group, although that won't leave many films on each page!

Save and close the report.

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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