How to: Add a New or Existing Report to a Report Project

In Business Intelligence Development Studio, you can add a new report by using the Report Wizard or by adding a new blank report to your project. You can also add an existing report. After you add a report, you can see the report name listed under the Reports folder in your project.


To preview a report with existing data sources, you must have permissions to the data source from your report authoring client. For more information, see How to: Create an Embedded or Shared Data Source.

After you add a report, you can define data sources, datasets, and design a report layout. To get started, see Tutorial: Creating a Basic Table Report or Adding a Table (Reporting Services).

To add a new report using the Report Wizard

  • In Solution Explorer, right-click the Reports folder, and then click Add New Report. The Report Wizard dialog box opens.

    The wizard steps you through creating a data source, creating a dataset with a query, defining groups, specifying a layout, choosing a style that includes color and font, and creating the report.

To add a new blank report

  1. From the Project menu, click Add New Item.

  2. In Templates, click Report.

  3. Click Add.

    A new blank report is added to the project and displayed on the design surface.

To add an existing report

  1. From the Project menu, click Add, and then Existing Item.

  2. Navigate to the location of the .rdl file, select it, and then click Add.

    The report is added to the project under the Reports folder. When you close and re-open the project, reports are sorted alphabetically.