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Rendering HTML in Reporting Services Text Boxes in SQL Server 2008

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Published Friday, December 19, 2008 5:12 PM by Greg Low

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john said:

I am having the same problem that is one of my fields in the report is outputing html I was wondering if there is any way you can do the same in SQL Reporting 2005?

July 9, 2009 2:04 PM

Linda said:

I have the same question as John. How can this be done in SSRS 2005?

November 2, 2009 1:53 PM

Ron said:

Yep, me too! SSRS for 2005?

February 26, 2010 2:59 PM

Ahmet said:

@john, Linda, Ron: You can not achive with default properties/functionalities of SSRS 2005.

You can write a custom code in vb that interpret html into text.(Report Properties --> Code).

That's all you can do in SSRS 2005. Good luck.

March 2, 2010 4:56 AM

Candi said:

I am trying to do this in 2008 with the italics, but it only prints the tags in plain text.  I have it marked for HTML in the placeholder.  Is there something I am missing?

June 21, 2010 7:36 PM

Brigitte said:

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! :)

July 29, 2010 11:23 AM

Jack said:

Man, this kept me from progressing for at least 3 or 4 hours. What an obscurely integrated feature. Thanks for the tip.

February 1, 2011 5:51 PM

Vince said:

Thanks a lot ;)

July 8, 2011 10:45 AM

Shanon said:

Thanks for the tip! Hope they just make this a property you can easily access in Crescent...

October 18, 2011 12:04 PM

Andrew said:

Wow... this really is not intuitive.   Clicked «Expr», right clicked 'placeholder' and set to HTML.

March 28, 2012 1:11 PM

Yaroslav Rutsky said:

Alternative method to display HTML fields in reports

If you have reduced set of HTML tags in your dataset fields (like tables, formatting, inline tags), you can try JS-injection.

It is used to convert an HTML-encoded field, that’s generated by Report Manager into actual tags after page is loaded, but before rendered.

Injection use Ajax Client Life-Cycle Events (

You need to modify script Install Dir\Reporting Services\ReportManager\js\ReportingServices.js by add this function at the beginning:


//SSRS 2008 R2 HTML tags injection before render report


function pageLoad() {

var toDecode = document.getElementsByTagName("div");

for (var i = 0; i < toDecode.length; ++i){

    if(toDecode[i].innerHTML.indexOf("&lt;table ") == 0){


        Decoded = toDecode[i].innerText || toDecode[i].textContent; //IE, Opera vs FF

        toDecode[i].innerHTML = Decoded;





//End injection


Code gets all DIV elements in loaded page

Check for each DIV if encoded tags ("&;;lt;table" in this case) is present at position=0

Swap innerText to innerHTML property and then render page

You can modify step 2 to check for special tag, if you sure, that it is always at position=0 in your field.

If tags with CSS classes or ids, you can modify this CSS: Install Dir\Reporting Services\ReportManager\Styles\ReportingServices.css

Also, you need to set placeholder property "General\Markup type" to "None - Plain text only" in all fields, that you want to convert.

Next possible modifications are:

If your fields have non-predefined structure, you can add prefix in placeholder value like this: ="HTMLInject:"+Fields!Field1.Value

And then modify injection script to seek at position=0 this prefix: if(toDecode[i].innerHTML.indexOf("HTMLInject:") == 0){

Also some code before swap to strip off this prefix.

Use alternative hidden columns to render HTML fields for other formats (DOC, EXCEL, etc). HINT: "Show or hide based on an expression" with "=Globals!RenderFormat.Name" and maybe Report's code functions to convert some tags into tags, that's supported by SSRS.

JS speed tuning on large pages

April 19, 2012 8:14 AM

Tony said:

Thank you!

February 27, 2013 5:13 AM

David C said:

You little beauty ...

Much appreciated ...

Just saved me a whole world of pain ...




November 19, 2013 6:13 AM

Azita Guzzo said:

Thanks worked great

November 21, 2014 6:49 PM

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