So far, whenever I’ve shown how to develop SSRS reports in Dynamics AX 2009 I’ve always shown the preview and the report model as separate tabs that we have to switch to

 

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This is a pit painful because one can’t see changes to the report immediately, one always has to select the Preview tab

 

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A BETTER WAY – SEE BOTH AT THE SAME TIME

If you have both the report model up and the preview you can see them by right-clicking on one of the tabs and selecting “New Vertical Tab Group”

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Doing so will result in this …

 

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Now you can see both at the same time.

 

MANAGING TABS AND TAB GROUPS

Once you are using tab groups, you’ll notice that you can manage which tabs appear in which groups by right-clicking on a tab

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This is useful if you have multiple previews for multiple designs and want to put all the previews into a single tab group.

 

HOW TO SEE CHANGES IMMEDIATELY

For example, suppose we start of with the preview and the report model both visible

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In this case, clearly we don’t have any templates assigned.

 

So click on the report

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And set a template …

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the preview is unchanged

 

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So, just click somewhere on the preview UI or hit the Refresh button

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And that click will cause the preview update

 

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