SSRS Reporting Services | Pages and printing exercise | Add a Header and Footer to a Report

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Software ==> SSRS Reporting Services  (99 exercises)
Version ==> SSRS 2016 and later
Topic ==> Pages and printing  (2 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.

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Create a report called Footerloose, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and a dataset which selects these fields:

Dataset fields

You can get these fields from the Film table.


Assign these fields to a table and add a filter so that only Oscar-winning films are shown.

Basic table

You could also sort the table in descending order of wins then nominations.


Add a page header to the report and insert text boxes and an appropriate image so that it resembles this:


You can use expressions to calculate the total number of pages in the report and the date on which it was executed.


Add a page footer which includes a text box with an expression to calculate the current page number.

Page footer

Simple enough so far.


Now alter the expression in the footer so that it shows something different on the last page.

Alternate last page

Use the IIf function to create a different phrase on the last 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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