You can use reports to print or display information from a database. You can use a report to structure and summarize information and to print documents, such as invoices. For example, you can create a report that lists all customers and all orders that have been added by each customer. You can also create a report that is automatically filled with the relevant information for an invoice.

You can also use reports to process data without printing or displaying content. For example, you can use a report to automate updating all prices in an item list. It can be easier to create a report to process data instead of a codeunit to do the same processing because you can use:

  • Request page functionality to select options and filters for data items, which are available in a report but are difficult to add to a codeunit.

  • Report data items instead of writing code to open tables and retrieve records.

  • Data modeling, which is available when you design reports.

Creating a report involves two primary tasks. First you design the data model, or dataset, by using Report Dataset Designer. The dataset determines the data that is extracted or calculated from the Microsoft Dynamics NAV database tables that can be used in a report. After the dataset has been designed, you design the visual layout of the report. There are two types of report layouts that you can create: client report definition (RDLC) report layouts and Word report layouts. You create RDLC report layouts by using Visual Studio Report Designer or SQL Server Report Builder. You create Word report layouts by using Microsoft Word 2013.

The following table includes links to information to help you get started designing reports.

To See

Understand the difference between designing a data model for a report and designing the layout for a report.

Report Design Overview

Understand the different types of reports.

Types of Reports

Learn how to design reports.

Designing Reports

Learn the system requirements for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 reports.

System Requirements for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016

Upgrade a Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 report to a Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 report.

Upgrading Reports from Earlier Versions

Add a report to the ribbon in the RoleTailored client.

How to: Make a Report Available from a Page

Learn about the different ways to run a specific report.

How to: Run Reports

Printing Reports

Learn about report triggers and when they are called during report processing.

Report Triggers

Learn about how to design request pages for reports.

Request Pages

Step through detailed examples of creating reports

Report Design Walkthroughs

Use Visual Studio Report Designer to design the layouts of reports

Report Designer

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