SSRS – Create a No Data Returned Textbox

When the dataset returns no rows, a bit of U.I. certainly goes a long way to avoid any confusion for the user running your report.

Create a textbox somewhere convenient on the page, and enter this in the expression for your textbox, substituting in your real dataset and field name. 

=IIF(Count(Fields!DatasetFieldName.Value, "your_dataset") = 0, "No Data Returned", Nothing)

…then enter this in the Hidden property expression for the same textbox.

=IIF(Count(Fields!DataSetFieldName.Value, "your_dataset") = 0, False, True)



2 thoughts on “SSRS – Create a No Data Returned Textbox”

    1. Shauno, this is true, a few reasons why I’ll use the old approach : 1) customers on ssrs 2005 2) you can do something cool, like display an image of a chicken instead of a message. 3) I can publish my no rows image or textbox as a reporting services part giving more freedom to place the message throughout the report. However that said the No Rows is a good approach.

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