SSRS Reporting Services | Indicators exercise | Use Indicators to Show Length of Films

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Software ==> SSRS Reporting Services  (99 exercises)
Version ==> SSRS 2016 and later
Topic ==> Indicators  (3 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
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.

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Create a report called Vindicators and add a data source which connects to the Movies database.

Add a dataset which returns these fields for films starring Vin Diesel.


You'll need to use the Actor, Film and Role tables and apply a filter to the FullName field.


Add a table which displays the two fields you've selected and add an indicator to the third column:


Choose a different set of indicators if you prefer.


Assign the RunTimeMinutes field to the indicator and preview the report:

Stretchy indicators

We've applied some basic formatting and sorted the table in ascending order of Title.


To stop the indicator from stretching when the row height changes:

  • Cut the indicator from the cell.
  • Insert a rectangle into the cell.
  • Paste the indicator into the rectangle.

Run the report again to check that the indicator no longer stretches:

Final result

Your indicators should stop stretching.


Save and close the report.

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