How to: Add a Drillthrough Action on a Report (Report Builder 2.0)

A report can contain links to other reports. The report that opens when you click the link in the main report is known as a drillthrough report. Drillthrough reports must be published to the same report server as the main report, but they can be in different folders. You can add a drillthrough link to any item that has an Action property, such as a text box, an image, or data points on a chart. For more information, see the Action page topics in Report Builder 2.0 F1 Help.

To add a drillthrough action

  1. In Design view, right-click the text box, image, or chart to which you want to add a link and then click Properties.

  2. In the item's Properties dialog box, click Action.

  3. Select Go to report. Additional sections appear in the dialog box for this option.

  4. In Specify a report, type or paste the name of the report you want to jump to. Alternatively, click Browse to locate the report or the expression (fx) button to create an expression for the report name.

    The format of the path to the drillthough report differs for native and SharePoint integrated mode. If you use browse functionality, a path of the correct format is provided. For more information, see Specifying Paths to External Items (Report Builder 2.0).

    If you have to specify parameters for the drillthrough report, follow the next step.

  5. In Use these parameters to run the report, click Add. A new row is added to the parameter grid.

    • In the Name text box, type the name of the report parameter in the drillthrough report. If the drillthrough report is in the Report Server project, the parameter names are available in the drop-down list.


      The names in the parameter list must match the expected parameters in the target report exactly. For example, parameter names must match by case. If the names do not match, or if an expected parameter is not listed, the drillthrough report fails.

    • In Value, type or select the value to pass to the parameter in the drillthrough report.


      Values can contain an expression that evaluates to a value to pass to the report parameter. The expressions in the value list include the field list for the current report.

  6. To test the link, run the report and click the report item that you set this link on. For text boxes, it is helpful to change the color and effect of the text to indicate to the user that the text is a link. For example, change the color to blue and the effect to underline by setting the Font properties in the Text Box Properties dialog box.