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Why Are The Reports All Jumbled?

Lisa Nordlund wrote in because she was frustrated with the way the reports were being laid out in the Report Manager. She was used to the report manager rendering a nice neat grid and could quickly find her reports by location.

Here is what is going on and a better method of finding your favorite reports.

We recently upgraded to the latest version of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), a Microsoft tool, and unfortunately the Report Manager doesn’t work as well with other browsers as it does with Internet Explorer.

So if that sloppy grid is intolerable there are two fixes.
1. Use Internet Explorer.
2. Use BI Portal.

Why is the BI Portal unaffected by Microsoft’s changes? Because the BI Portal is a custom web user interface that sits on top of Microsoft’s SSRS. It is a compatibility layer that lets us build in useful features that Microsoft left out like Favorites and Most recent reports.

Favorites and Most Recent Reports

Favorite and most recent reports

Did you know that if you use the BI Portal you can favorite reports and they will be listed on this page? Also you can find your most recently run reports on this page. The only caveat is that reports run today will show up on the list tomorrow.

Summary

Hopefully this little tip will help you more quickly access the reports you need. Please let us know at help@uw.edu if this was helpful or if you are already using the BI Portal and what features you like.