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Properties Window

Use the Properties Window to view, discover and change properties of selected report elements. You can find the Properties Window in the View tab of the Windows group.

Expanded Select a Report Element

Do one of the following to select a report element and show its properties in the Properties Window:

  • Select a report element from the drop-down list at the top of the Properties Window.
  • Click a report element on the Design Surface.
  • Select a report element in the Report Explorer.

Expanded Category Tabs

The Properties Window splits properties into category tabs and sorts them alphabetically.

Refer to Customize the Properties Window in the Report Designer for information on how to move a property to another tab, create a new tab and add properties to it.

Expanded Favorite Properties

The Favorites tab contains the most used (or "favorite") properties. Different report elements have varying default entries in the Favorites tab. You can use the Favorite Properties Editor to add your own favorites.

Expanded Change Property Values

A square icon near each property indicates whether a property value differs from its default value.

Right-click a property’s editor to reset the value.

Expanded Specify Expressions

If expression bindings are enabled, the Properties Window allows you to specify expressions that can include two or more data fields and various functions. Click a square icon to see whether the invoked context menu has the PropertyName Expression item. Properties that have an assigned expression are displayed in bold font.

Click the Expression item to invoke the Expression Editor.


The Reset command resets the property value and expression.

Expanded Search for Properties

The integrated search box allows you to find properties. When you type within the search box, the Properties Window filters the property list and displays properties that match the entered text.

If you type two or more substrings separated by a space character, these substrings are considered individual conditions combined by the logical OR operator.

To search for properties that contain X and Y, enclose the entered string in quotation marks or type "+" before Y (for instance, foreground +color).

Type "-" to exclude properties that contain a specific substring (for instance, border -color).

Expanded Backward Compatibility

Versions 18.2 and 19.1 introduce new features to the Properties Window.



MS Office-Inspired Editors

Tabbed View

Expressions In Context Menu




When you migrate to v19.1+, you can revert these changes.

Switch to Properties Window v18.2

Switch to Properties Window v18.1-

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