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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Freeze Excel Column Header for SQL Server Reporting Services Report

You created a SQL Server Reporting Services report and the requirement is to output to Excel format. As you may know, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) provides functionality to export a SSRS report into Excel, but for long reports the column headers disappear in Excel when you scroll through the data. In this tip we look at how to freeze the column headers in Excel when the report is created using SSRS.

This tip assumes that you have previous real world work experience building a simple SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) report.
In this tip I will describe how to freeze the Tablix column headings in SSRS, so that when viewing the data in Excel the column names can be seen even after scrolling down. SQL Server Reporting Services doesn't provide any out of box functionality to freeze the column headings when exporting to Excel, so we will show a workaround to do this.

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