TextBox can be used to display static text for titles, highlighting key information, descriptions and labels or dynamic text set based on expressions.
2. Drag and drop the textbox report item into the design area from the item panel. 3. Once you drop the textbox item into design area, respective textbox properties will be listed in the properties panel.
In textbox report item you can view and set properties for the textbox report item and each content in the textbox. (i.e Paragraph).
To view and edit overall textbox properties select the textbox report item in design area. Now, the textbox properties will be listed in the properties panel like below.
To view and edit the selected text properties, focus inside the text area. Now, the selected text properties will be listed in the properties panel like below.
Refer the Properties panel section before proceeding with the below properties.
The following are the common properties for textbox and selected text:
The font family, font size, font color, font style, and font weight properties are used to style the content in the textbox. You can apply these font properties to the over all textbox content or specific content in a textbox.
Supported font family names are listed in the drop-down under
Basic Settings category. To change the
Font Family of the textbox, choose the required font family from the drop-down list.
To set font color for the content in the textbox, click on the color palette icon and choose the required color in the
Font size property allows you to increase the size of the text in the textbox. You can increase the font size using the numeric drop-down highlighted in below snap.
To change font style of the content in textbox, choose the required font style in the
Font Style drop-down list. Following are the supported font styles:
To change the font weight of the content in textbox, choose the required type of font weight property from the drop-down list.
Text decoration property sets the appearance of decorative lines on text.
Underline and Overline decorations are positioned under the text, line-through over it.
Format property is used format an entire text box or specific text, numbers, expressions, or fields within the text box. To open the format dialog click on the icon highlighted in the below snap or you can type the format directly in the textbox.
To apply Number, Currency, Date, Time, Scientific, Percentage or Custom formats using format dialog follow the steps provided in Format section.
You can specify a hyperlink inside the textbox content to link another report. Select the
Enable Link checkbox, to enable the sub properties.
To set the hyperlink to a selected text or over all textbox follow the steps provided in Linking section.
The following properties are only specific to the over all textbox item:
You can align the textbox content or specific content in a textbox using the
Text Alignment property. Choose the respective text alignment property from the drop-down list to align the text in
You can align the textbox content or specific content in a textbox in
Bottom positions. Choose the required vertical alignment property from the drop-down list.
Line height property is used to increase space between lines of a textbox. Increase or decrease the values in numeric dropdown to set the line height.
The border style, color, width and background color properties are used to style the textbox and customize its appearance in the report design. These properties are listed under the
Appearance category in the properties panel.
Using the background color property you can color the textbox background. To set background color using properties panel refer Background color section.
Border properties are used to add or customize the border around a textbox item to visually separate items in the report design. To set border properties to the textbox item using properties panel refer Border Properties section.
Position property is used to set the width, height, left and top position of the textbox in the report design. To handle these properties using properties panel refer Position section.
Data element can be used to control visibility of a report item when exporting the report in XML format. The Data element properties are listed in the properties panel, under the
Data Element category.
You can assign a custom name for the textbox element using the
Name field. The textbox will be exported with the provided name.
Note: The name cannot contain spaces, and it must begin with a letter followed by letters, numbers, or the underscore character (_).
On exporting the report, the visibility of the textbox can be controlled using the
Output property. Choosing the following options for the
Output property will perform the respective operations:
Style property can be used to set the export type of the textbox report item. Choosing Auto or Element style will export the textbox as an XML element. The Attribute style will export the textbox as an XML attribute.
Visibility property is used to conditionally show or hide the textbox report item on report preview or export action. To set visibility of textbox item using properties panel refer Visibility section.
Enable this property to expand the Textbox height vertically based on their content while previewing the text.
Enable this property to shrink the Textbox height vertically based on their content while previewing the text.
This property can be used to set the values for textbox custom properties. To create and assign values for custom properties using properties panel refer Custom Properties section.
Tooltip property can be used to display informative text or value, when the user hovers over on the report item in report preview. To set tooltip for textbox report item using properties panel refer Tooltip section.
A document map is a navigational feature that displays a separate side pane with set of navigational links in hierarchical structure when you view a report. A user can click the content in the list, to navigate to the report page that displays that item. Refer Document Map section to configure document map in the report design.
Bookmark links allows the users to navigate to different parts of a SSRS report. You can add bookmarks to each textbox, image, table or chart or to the unique group values displayed in a tablix which can direct the users to specified locations in the report. The value of bookmark property can be your own strings or an expression. Refer Bookmark section to configure bookmark in the report design.
The Direction property can be used to configure the content rendering direction for textbox report item. On preview, content in the textbox will be rendered based on the provided direction. You can set either Right-To-Left or Left-To-Right direction.
By default, content renders in Left-To-Right direction.
Left-To-Right report preview:
Right-To-Left report preview:
The Language property can be used to set the locale on a textbox which determines the default formats for displaying report data in textbox. Select the required language in the Language property dropdown.
The language property on a text box overrides the language property on the report.
Markup type property can be used to render the selected text as plain text or HTML-formatted text. Select the required text and choose the type in
Markup Type property dropdown.
Plain Text - Displays the selected text as simple text and the HTML will be treated as literal text.
HTML - Displays the selected text as HTML. If the expression value or values from dataset field contains a valid HTML tags, these tags will be rendered as HTML. Refer Add HTML in to a report section to import HTML using textbox.
You can align the textbox content or specific content in a textbox using the
Text Alignment property. Choose the required text alignment property from the drop-down list.
To indent the text in the paragraph you can use this property. Increase/decrease the left and right indent in the text box using the numeric drop-down.
Using this property you can add space before and after the paragraphs in the textbox.
An expression can be set to few properties of the textbox report item to process the property values based on expressions. To set expressions to the textbox report item properties, refer Set Expression section.
Reset the expression applied to a property, refer Reset Expression section.
Few properties of the textbox report contains nested properties. To open and handle nested properties, refer Advanced Properties section.
Refer Design RDL report using textbox section to learn how to position, style, format, link report, add hyperlink in a textbox.