JK. JK. - 1 year ago 52
C# Question

Keep Group on One Page using Reporting Services

I created a report as part of a C# application using Reporting Services and I cant find some functionality I am used to seeing in other environments. I believe both MS Access and Crystal reports have an option called "Keep Together" so that you can keep a specific grouping of data on one page instead of the information being split over two pages.

How do I do that using 2005 Reporting Services when my report is rendered locally in a C# app and viewed using the .net report viewer. Essentially, I want to keep all records for a certain year on one page. I am using Visual Studio 2008.

The year is one of the columns and the number of rows for one year is always smaller than a page. My report uses just one table and has an innermost grouping by year and then another outer grouping by client name.

Currently I can fit two years of data on the report, however, if the data starts half way through the first year, then I get the following:

Example:

Page one:
1/2 of 2004 because the data started half way through 04

All of 2005

First half of 2006

Page2:
Second Half of 2006

What I would rather do is push all of 2006 to page two.

I am currently using a table for all of the data in the report. There is a keep together option at the Table level, but I need one at the Group level. In this case the Grouping by year.

Any help that can be provided will be much appreciated.

JK. JK.
Answer Source

The problem was that I needed two years on a page and never 1/2 year even if the specific set of records started half way through the year. It turns out that even though there is a "Keep Together" option at the table level, there is not one at the group level. I needed this option at a group level. Instead of using a format solution I altered the underlying SQL for the report. In cases where there was only 1/2 year of data I created records for the other part of the year with correct dates, but zeros for all other values. This means that if the page is formatted properly to hold two years then it will always show two complete years and one year will never be broken over two pages. I also thought the answers provided by Mozy and John Sansom were good and I voted them both up.

Thanks for the help!

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