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Dynamically hide/show SSRS Report Parameter

Posted on 2014-09-25
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Hello,

I have 2 report parameters in SSRS - For eg, say EmpId and DeptId. The user could enter either EmpId or DeptId.
If they enter a value for EmpId, I want the next report parameter which is DeptId to be disabled.
Only when they do not enter anything for the EmpId, I want the DeptId report parameter to be enable for them to type an id into it.
I do not think there is a way to hide/show a report parameter dynamically.
But is there a workaround for this?

Thanks!
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As you've indeed discovered, parameters cannot be hidden dynamically: they are either visible or not at all.

But there are a couple of ways you can implement your report and achieve similar results.  I would probably implement only one parameter that allows users to enter a value and I'd implement a second parameter that indicates what the entered value represents: EmpID or DeptID.  Make this second parameter a simple dropdown.  You then take this selection into account in your query.

Another option, a bit less interesting in my opinion, is to display a message to the user when a wrong combination has been entered.  This is a simple textbox on the report that is only shown in case of an invalid combination.
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