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Mailing label report in reporting services using asp.net 2008

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Dear Experts,

I have one web application with asp.net 2008 with reporting services inbuilt.  I am trying to make one mailing label report using vs.net studio.  I have defined following margins for the report.

In report properties-> layout tab.

Columns : 3
Spacing : 0.14

In Body Properties :
Width : 2in
Height : 1.125in

Then in body, i have taken one table with single cell and in that i have added Address field that i want to print as label.

When i preview the report in my asp.net page it displays only single column on page and other columns on next page. But when i export the same report in PDF format, it displays the report properly in a single page 3 columns.

Am i doing something wrong?

Please help.

Thanks and Regards
Subodh Anant Mestry
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No you aren't doing anything wrong.

There is a limitation in the Reporting Services rendering engine that cannot represent columns when viewed certain ways.
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If you Export to TIFF or PDF it will work, or printing according to the info I can find.

Sorry I had a link to an old MS KB article about this, but can't seem to find it now. Will keep searching
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Is there any solution for this problem?
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Unfortunately the only solution I was ever able to find was to export to PDF (or TIFF) and print from there.
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This is not a solution for my question
Please close this question.
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swarajya,

Please see the "newsletter-style columns" heading on this MS article. Particularily and I quote "Columns are only applied when you render and print reports in PDF or Image" This is a known issue with SSRS.  There is no known solution for this, only work arounds, such as rendering to image or PDF first and then printing.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb677374.aspx
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This is not the complete solution for me as i need to show the columns in columnar format
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What about setting up a schedule to automatically deliver the document in PDF or Tiff format so that it is rendered correctly?  

Conversely you can also create a custom link that automatically renders to PDF so the users don't have extra steps...
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