The Report Explorer shows a report's structure in a tree-like form providing easy access to report elements. Additionally, the Report Explorer contains the Components node, which displays non-visual report components, such as data objects created when binding a report to a data source.
Once a report element or component has been selected in the Report Explorer, its settings can be changed using the Toolbar or Property Grid. You can also right-click elements and components to invoke their context menu.
Data-aware controls are marked with a special database icon in the Report Explorer.
The Report Explorer also provides quick access to all styles available for a report. You can manage styles using commands available in the context menu. To invoke a context menu, right-click the corresponding root node or their sub-node.
To apply a style to a report control, drag it from the Report Explorer onto the required report control.
If the Report Explorer is hidden, you can enable it. To do this, select in the Windows | Report Explorer on the Toolbar's View page.