How to: Add, Move, or Delete a Data Region (Reporting Services)

A data region displays data from a report dataset. Data regions appear as the following report items on the Toolbox: table, matrix, list, chart, and gauge. To add a data region to a report, drag it from the Toolbox to the report design surface. To nest one data region inside another, add each data region separately, and then drag the child data region onto the parent data region.

To add a data region

  1. In the Toolbox, click the data region to add.

  2. Click the design surface, and then drag to create a box that is the desired size of the data region. Alternatively, you can drag the data region to the design surface to create a data region with the default size.

  3. Drag a report dataset field from the Report Data pane onto a data region cell. The data region is now bound to data from the report dataset.


    If the Report Data pane is not visible, click Report Data on the View menu.

To select a data region

  • For a Tablix data region, right-click the corner handle. For a chart or gauge data region, click in the data region.

    A selection handle and eight resizing handles appear.

    For nested data regions, right-click in the nested data region, click Select, and then select the report item you want. To verify which report item is selected, use the Properties pane. The name of the selected item on the design surface appears in the drop-down list at the top of the Properties pane.


    If the Properties pane is not visible, click Properties Window on the View menu.

To move a data region

  • To move a data region, click the selection handle of the data region and drag it. Use snaplines to align it to existing report items.

    Alternatively, use the arrow keys to move the selected data region on the design surface.

    To further align one or more data regions, click the Center Horizontally or Center Vertically buttons on the Layout toolbar.

To delete a data region

  • Select the data region, right-click in the data region, and then click Delete. Alternatively, select the data region and press DELETE.