How to Add Page Number "X" of "Y" to a Report Page Header

In Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2013, page breaks on tablix data regions, groups, and rectangles give you better control of report pagination. When you add page breaks to a report page, each page can have different page names and page numbering can be reset between pages. By using expressions, the page names and numbers can be dynamically updated when a report is run. You can also disable page breaks, or use an expression value to determine whether a page break should be inserted.

For some document reports, you may want to add page number “X” of “Y” in a report page header. This topic uses the Order report as an example to show how you can add page number “X” of “Y”.


The following procedure illustrates how page number “X” of “Y” is added to report 405, Order. You can use similar steps to add the same page numbering to other reports that have a similar layout, but the exact names of controls, text constants, functions, and expressions vary from one report to another.

To change the page numbering caption

  1. Start the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Environment.

  2. On the Tools menu, choose Object Designer.

  3. Choose Report, and from the list select the Object ID 405.

  4. Choose Design, and on the View menu, choose C/AL Globals.

  5. Open the Text Constants tab. Find the text constant PageCaptonLbl, which is used as the report page caption.

  6. In the ConstValue field, replace the text with Page %1 of %2, where %1 and %2 are the placeholders for the current page and total page numbers.

  7. On the View menu, choose Layout.

    This opens the report layout in Microsoft Visual Studio.

To add page number “x” of “y” in a report page header

  1. In Microsoft Visual Studio, on the View menu, choose Other Windows, and then choose Document Outline.

  2. Under Body, choose List1 tablix, which controls an instance of a report.

  3. In the Row Groups pane, verify in the Group Properties that the list1 tablix for the Order report has a single row group, which is grouped by No_PurchHeader, DocType_PurchHeader, and OutputNo.


    If some reports have several tablix row groups, you should merge them into a single row group.

  4. In the Row Groups pane, choose the group, and then, in the Properties window, under Group, fill in the PageBreak properties as described in the following table.

    Property Value
    BreakLocation Between
    ResetPageNumber True
  5. In the Document Outline pane, under Page Header, choose the PageCaption1 text box, which displays page numbers.

    This selects the text box in the report designer.

  6. Right-click the text box, and then choose Expression. Replace the existing code with the following code.

    =Replace(Replace(Code.GetData(31,1), "%1", Globals!PageNumber), "%2", Globals!TotalPages)  


    The Replace function expands the placeholders in the %1 and %2 caption text with actual values.

  7. In the Document Outline pane, under Body, navigate to the NewPage text box under the table11 tablix.

    The text box is not visible in the report layout.

  8. Right-click the NewPage text box and choose Cut and then on the Page Header node, choose Paste.

  9. Replace the existing expression for the NewPage text box with the following code.

    =Code.GetData(31,1) & " " & Code.GetGroupPageNumber(ReportItems!NewPage.Value,Globals!PageNumber)  
  10. Save your changes and close Visual Studio.

  11. Return to the development environment, then save and compile the report.

See Also

Designing Reports