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  • I have been trying to find some good reference on how to set up reports for my application, but I have not had any luck finding anything helpful.  I have never really done reports, so I really don't know what I am doing.  I am using a Microsoft Access Database, so I would like to pull the data from this database for the various reports, which might be multiple pages...  Does anyone know of any good references, tutorials, or articles that might help me out in putting together and implementing my first reports?  Any help and information is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks Again,

    Edit:  I would like to use reports that don't require any additional software on the machine like I understand Crystal Reports does...  I don't know what the other options are like.  It appears VS has a Reports System built into the .Net Framework, but I don't know how good it is, or how to use it...

    Thanks Again,

    Friday, December 28, 2007 12:58 AM


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  • I just wanted to post back to clarify that I am not calling Visual Studio "stupid", as I very much like this application.  I am calling my question "stupid", as it is very basic and a silly question in my opinion.  I was actually very embarrased even asking it, but I have never used reports before, and really have NO idea what I am doing.  I am just very confused...

    Any help and information is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks Again,
    Friday, December 28, 2007 8:32 PM
  • Check out what you can leverage with Microsoft Access since you are using it. Get a book that explains the Reports in particular. Should be rather straightforwrad 


    Saturday, December 29, 2007 6:25 PM
  • Hi,


    There are two reporting systems built in Visual Studio. The first one is from Microsoft which helps you design reports with a Report Designer and also display reports with the ReportViewer control. The online document for it is located at:



    The other one is the Crystal Reports for Visual Studio.NET from Business Objects. It is a special edition of Crystal Reports fully integrated in Visual Studio, and it is not a standalone product but is included in the Visual Studio purchase with a limited license. For more information please visit:


    The online document is here:


    You can get more help from this forum:


    Best Regards

    Chunsheng Tang


    Monday, December 31, 2007 5:49 AM
  • But I think these are not possible if zou are using the Express editions...


    In that case you need to work directly with the PrintDocument or PrintPreviewControl... And manually draw text and images with the Graphics property of your report. This is hard but gives you the total control over your report.


    Monday, December 31, 2007 8:46 AM
  • Thank you all very much for all of your help.  I do have Visual Studio 2005 Pro, so everything that I need *should* be there as far as I can fathom...  I did purchase a book on reporting (Just waiting for it to arrive), so hopefully that will take me through things step by step a bit too.  I have never worked with reports before, so I am a bit confused on the process.

    Thanks Again, I will post a new thread if I have any problems (Hopefully I won't though...  Smile ).

    Monday, January 7, 2008 7:28 PM