SSRS Reporting Services | Matrices exercise | Create a Matrix of Birthdays

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Software ==> SSRS Reporting Services  (99 exercises)
Version ==> SSRS 2016 and later
Topic ==> Matrices  (5 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
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 report called Date Tricks, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and a dataset which selects the following fields from the Actor table:


Add a filter to return only actors whose DoB is not null.


Add three calculated fields to the dataset:

  • DayOfBirth = Day(Fields!DoB.Value)
  • MonthOfBirth = Format(Fields!DoB.Value, "MMM")
  • MonthNumber = Month(Fields!DoB.Value)

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


You'll need to change the aggregate function assigned to the FullName field in the Data cell.


Change the sorting applied to the column group so that months are sorted chronologically rather than alphabetically:

Edit sorting

You can find sorting options for a group in the Group Properties dialog box.


Add an expression to the BackgroundColor property of the Data cell so that it highlights your birthday:

Conditional format

This would highlight the birthday of someone born on February 3rd.

Apply some other formatting to the matrix and preview the report:


The first few rows and columns of the matrix.


Add a total row and column to the matrix:

Matrix totals

You'll need to add the grand total in the bottom-right corner manually.


Preview the report to check that the totals work:

Matrix totals

The bottom of the matrix should look similar to this.

Save and close the report.

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