Format Element (RDL)

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Contains the Microsoft .NET Framework formatting string for the item.

Datatype Characteristics

Characteristic Description

Data type and length


Default value


Element Relationships

Relationship Element

Parent elements

Style Element (RDL)

Child elements



The Format element must contain an expression that evaluates to a .NET Framework formatting string. For information about .NET Framework formatting strings, see Formatting Types on

Locale-dependent currency formatting (format code C) and locale-dependent date formatting are based on the language setting for the report item.

Format applies only to text box and chart report items.

See Also


Report Definition Language XML Schema
Report Definition XML Elements


Report Definition Language Data Types

Other Resources

Development (Reporting Services)
Formatting Report Items

Help and Information

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