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1486469 - Where is the parameter panel on the embedded Crystal Report preview in Visual Studio?


  • Embedded preview window for Crystal Reports in Visual Studio.
  • Parameter panel is missing in the Crystal Report preview window.



  • Crystal Reports 2008
  • Visual Studio 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2010

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Open a Visual Studio project that contains a Crystal Report (.rpt).
  2. Add a parameter to the report.
  3. In the menu bar, go to Crystal Reports > Preview Report.
  4. You will be prompted for your parameter(s).
  5. No parameter panel is available. Only the Group Tree.



  • The preview feature in Visual Studio uses the older COM based ActiveX viewer to show the report.
  • The ActiveX viewer was never updated to support the new parameter panel.


  • The parameter panel is supported with the .NET Windows and web form viewers - CrystalReportViewer.
  • At this time there are no plans to update the ActiveX viewer used in the Visual Studio IDE to support the parameter panel.


KBA , BI-DEV-NET , BI Software Development Kits (SDKs) - .NET or Other , Product Enhancement


Crystal Reports 2008 V1 ; SAP Crystal Reports 2011 ; SAP Crystal Reports, developer version for Microsoft Visual Studio ; SAP Crystal Reports, version for Visual Studio .NET 2005 ; SAP Crystal Reports, version for Visual Studio .NET 2008 ; SAP Crystal Reports, version for Visual Studio .NET 9.1