FIX: The DataSets panel is not available in the report designer when you open a SQL Server Reporting Services 2005 RDLC file in Visual Studio 2008

FIX: The DataSets panel is not available in the report designer when you open a SQL Server Reporting Services 2005 RDLC file in Visual Studio 2008

Article ID : 947173
Last Review : March 6, 2008
Revision : 1.0


In Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, the following behavior occurs:

• You perform one of the following actions:

• You double-click a Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2005 RDLC file.
• You right-click the RDLC file, click Open With, and then click Microsoft Visual Studio 2005.
• The report design window and the DataSets panel appear. The DataSets panel enables you to drag-and-drop the fields onto the report design surface.

If the DataSets panel is closed in Visual Studio 2005, you can reopen it by using one of the following methods:

• Press ALT+SHIFT+D.
• Click Show Data Sources on the Data Design toolbar.
• On the Data menu, click Show Data Sources.

In Visual Studio 2008, the DataSets panel is not available, and you experience the following behavior:

• When you press ALT-SHIFT-D, the hotkey sequence does not work.
• The Show Data Sources button is unavailable on the Data Design toolbar.
• The Show Data Sources item is not on the Data menu.

Note You can still access the field names by using the expression editor.

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A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Visual Studio 2008 service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (

Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

File name File version File size Date Time
Microsoft.reportdesigner.dll 9.0.21022.40 6,094,848 16-Jan-2008 11:38

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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the Applies to section.

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For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 (/Feedback.aspx?kbNumber=824684/) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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• Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
• Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Academic Edition
• Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition

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