Best Practices for Report Properties

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


SQL Server Reporting Services is now the primary reporting platform for Microsoft Dynamics AX. The X++ reporting framework is being deprecated in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Use the Visual Studio tools for Microsoft Dynamics AX to define reports. For more information, see Development Tasks for Reporting.

This topic describes the best practices for:

  • X++ Report Properties

  • X++ Report Design Properties

  • X++ Report Section Properties

  • X++ Report Control Properties

Report Properties




The name must comply with general Naming Conventions.

Prefix: Module short name

Infix: Logical description of contents

Report Design Properties




Call the report 'Design', or use a logical name if you have more than one design.


Use a label to indicate the contents or purpose of the report. Error icon If the report is country/region-specific, you do not have to use a label.


You must use a label for the Description property, unless it is a country/region-specific report. Error icon


Use one. In generated design reports, Report Templates are only used at generation time. Template-generated sections must be manually maintained afterwards.

Use the following predefined templates:

Internal use External use
List InternalList ExternalList
Form InternalForm ExternalForm


Typically set to Auto Warning icon to exploit all the IntelliMorph features.

Set it to Portrait or Landscape for a report with specific format requirements.

Report Section Properties




Use the default, WordWrap, if possible.

Report Control Properties

Do not change the properties of report controls for controls that are based on fields, extended data types, and display methods, with respect to

  • Width

  • Label

  • Width of label

  • Formatting information, such as the kind of decimal point, and so on

If you change these report controls, you will not be able to use IntelliMorph.

The Left and Top properties should be set to Auto on most reports, but they should have a specific value on reports that are likely to be adjusted to the needs of individual customers.

See also

Reports Best Practices

Best Practices for Use of Reports

Best Practices for Report Design

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