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How to Know which Cell Value was Clicked

In a SQL report that displays a table control, how can I determine which cell in a table was clicked by the user?

Image a simple SQL report called MainReport that has one parameter and one tablix control.  It is a 2-column table control, where the first column will list the names of backup jobs, and the second column will list the time that each job was completed. When you browse to MainReport, you enter a parameter date, such as today’s date (e.g. 04/16/2014), and click [View Report]. The table within the report will then display all of the backup jobs that ran on that date, similar to the following:

 Backup Job | Time Completed
============|================
 X-Job      |       12:14 AM
 Y-Job      |        3:02 AM
 Z-Job      |        8:46 AM
 Z-Job      |        6:05 PM

I have the Action property of the cell under the Time Completed column set to Go To Report. Therefore, when you click on a time value, you are redirected to a report called DetailsReport. For example, when you clicked on 8:46 AM, you are redirected to the DetailsReport, and the report will list file names, file types, file sizes, etc. of each file that was backed up by Z-Job on 04/16/2014 @ 8:46 AM. Using the Go To Report action is easy to do, because this action allows you to select which dataset columns should be used to filter the DetailsReport.

The users, however, do not like the fact that when you click a value under the Time Completed column, it displays the DetailsReport in the same browser window. What they want is to have a new browser window appear (or a new tab) that displays the DetailsReport, and to have the original browser window continue displaying the MainReport.

I can change the Action property and have it Go To URL, instead of Go To Report, and have the URL open DetailsReport in a new browser window. I can even pass the date parameter within the URL. But what I can’t figure out is how to determine which time value was clicked. Along with the date, it is also important to know which time value was clicked in order to properly filter the DetailsReport.

Does anyone know how to do this?

Thank you,
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>how can I determine which cell in a table was clicked by the user?
In any expression, you'll be able to reference the value in any field in the row clicked with
Fields!the_column_name_goes_here.Value

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If you mean the field specifically, then I'd just add the field name to the expression.

btw you can also pass parameters in the Action 'GoToURL'
Parameters!parameter_name_goes_here.Value

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I already am using a reference to Fields!TimeComplete.Value, but it is not properly filtering the DetailsReport. Not only does the report include the details that I want, but it includes details that are outside the time specified.

The table control is based on a dataset containing 2 SQL Server tables, combined by an Inner Join. It joins the primary key of the parent table to the foreign key in the details table. So every detail that occurred at say 8:46 PM has the same foreign key value. So what I did was to add the foreign key column to the query Select statement and then in report, change my reference to Fields!ForeignKey.Value, instead of TimeComplete. Now the DetailsReport filters properly.
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