I am using SSRS 2008r2 in native mode, exporting to .DOC format and opening the resultant file in a mixture of Word 2007 and 2010. When the report fits on one page - even when almost full - one page is all I get, but when the content spills over onto a 2nd page I get 3 pages. Page 3 has nothing but the header and footer content.
I'm not getting alternate blank pages, so I haven't gone over the width boundaries. It isn't spilling over onto a 2nd page when a single page is almost full, so I haven't got surplus white space after my last object. Printing to preview / paper, plus export to PDF are fine.
As a matter of interest, I have set the report page to A4 Portrait with zero margins all round, but then put header, body and footer objects in rectangles located at 0in from top, 0.75in from left, with empty space above the topmost object in the header rectangle, and similar below the last object in the footer rectangle. Doing this gets around the issue of the Word renderer removing any blank space above the first and below the last object, then having stuff outside the printer's printable area. But, this issue was present before I rectified that.
The Word document has recognised A4 portrait, and the zero margins, and that aspect looks to work well with my simulated margins.
I am aware of TechNet Exporting to Microsft Word
Repagination may cause page breaks to be inserted in locations where you did not intend to add them and, in some instances, may cause the exported report to have two successive page breaks in a row or add blank pages. You can try to change Word's pagination by adjusting the page margins.
But why the extra page, and why only when there is more than one page? How should the margins be adjusted to try to change the pagination, and is this what is happening here? Anyone know of any other workaround or things to check / try?
The object of export to Word is to allow users to add additional information in free text before printing. So, yes, they could remove the extra unwanted page, and modify all other page footers for the Page x of y, but they will gripe and point fingers at me :)
Regards and Thanks