How to: Change an Item Within a Cell (Report Builder 3.0 and SSRS)

Only a non-container item, such as a text box, line, or image, can be replaced by a new report item. For example, you can drag a table into a text box to replace the text box with a table.

If the cell contains a container item such as a rectangle, list, table, or matrix, the new item is added to the containing item instead of replacing it. To replace a container item with a new item, delete the container. Deleting the container item replaces it with a text box, which you can then replace with another item.

By default, all cells in a table, matrix, or list data region contain a text box.


You can create and modify report definitions (.rdl) in Report Builder 3.0 and in Report Designer in Business Intelligence Development Studio. Each authoring environment provides different ways to create, open, and save reports and related items. For more information, see Designing Reports in Report Designer and Report Builder 3.0 (SSRS) on the Web at

To change an item within a cell

  • On the Insert tab, in the Data Regions or Report Items group, click the item that you want to add to the report, and then click the report. The item is added to the report.


The Image Properties dialog box opens when you drag an image report item to a cell, where you can set properties such as the source of the image before the image is added to the cell.