SSRS Reporting Services | Grouping tables exercise | Group a Table of Films by Studio

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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
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  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.

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Create a new report called Show Me The Money, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and create a dataset which includes these fields:


Use the Film and Studio tables to select these fields.


Insert a table and add fields to it so that it resembles the example below:

Table fields

Start with these three fields in the table.


Now add a parent group using the Studio field and rearrange the table so that it resembles the one shown below:

Grouped table

You'll need to add a parent group, delete a row and column, insert a new row inside the Studio group and add Sum functions to the group footer.


Set the Grouping Pane to Advanced Mode, select the (Details) item and change two of its properties as shown below:

Visibility properties

Change the Hidden and ToggleItem properties for the (Details) item.

Repeat this for the the (Static) items which represent the group header and footer rows.

Apply formatting to the table so that it resembles the one shown below when you run the report:

Final table

Click the + next to the studio name to show the money.


Save and close the report.

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