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How to Write a Report

Last Updated: August 25, 2023 Fact Checked

This article was co-authored by Emily Listmann, MA and by wikiHow staff writer, Amy Bobinger . Emily Listmann is a private tutor in San Carlos, California. She has worked as a Social Studies Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and an SAT Prep Teacher. She received her MA in Education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education in 2014. There are 22 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 8,627,153 times.

When you’re assigned to write a report, it can seem like an intimidating process. Fortunately, if you pay close attention to the report prompt, choose a subject you like, and give yourself plenty of time to research your topic, you might actually find that it’s not so bad. After you gather your research and organize it into an outline, all that’s left is to write out your paragraphs and proofread your paper before you hand it in!

Sample Reports

page report example

Selecting Your Topic

Step 1 Read the report prompt or guidelines carefully.

  • The guidelines will also typically tell you the requirements for the structure and format of your report.
  • If you have any questions about the assignment, speak up as soon as possible. That way, you don’t start working on the report, only to find out you have to start over because you misunderstood the report prompt.

Step 2 Choose a topic...

  • For instance, if your report is supposed to be on a historical figure, you might choose someone you find really interesting, like the first woman to be governor of a state in the U.S., or the man who invented Silly Putty.
  • If your report is about information technology , you could gather information about the use of computers to store, retrieve, transmit, and manipulate data or information.
  • Even if you don’t have the option to choose your topic, you can often find something in your research that you find interesting. If your assignment is to give a report on the historical events of the 1960s in America, for example, you could focus your report on the way popular music reflected the events that occurred during that time.

Tip: Always get approval from your teacher or boss on the topic you choose before you start working on the report!

Step 3 Try to pick a topic that is as specific as possible.

  • If you’re not sure what to write about at first, pick a larger topic, then narrow it down as you start researching.
  • For instance, if you wanted to do your report on World Fairs, then you realize that there are way too many of them to talk about, you might choose one specific world fair, such as the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, to focus on.
  • However, you wouldn’t necessarily want to narrow it down to something too specific, like “Food at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition,” since it could be hard to find sources on the subject without just listing a lot of recipes.

Researching the Report

Step 1 Include a variety...

  • If you don’t have guidelines on how many sources to use, try to find 1-2 reputable sources for each page of the report.
  • Sources can be divided into primary sources, like original written works, court records, and interviews, and secondary sources, like reference books and reviews.
  • Databases, abstracts, and indexes are considered tertiary sources, and can be used to help you find primary and secondary sources for your report. [5] X Research source
  • If you’re writing a business report , you may be given some supplementary materials, such as market research or sales reports, or you may need to compile this information yourself. [6] X Research source

Step 2 Visit the library first if you’re writing a report for school.

  • Librarians are an excellent resource when you're working on a report. They can help you find books, articles, and other credible sources.
  • Often, a teacher will limit how many online sources you can use. If you find most of the information you need in the library, you can then use your online sources for details that you couldn’t find anywhere else.

Tip: Writing a report can take longer than you think! Don't put off your research until the last minute , or it will be obvious that you didn't put much effort into the assignment.

Step 3 Use only scholarly sources if you do online research.

  • Examples of authoritative online sources include government websites, articles written by known experts, and publications in peer-reviewed journals that have been published online.

Step 4 Cross-reference your sources to find new material.

  • If you’re using a book as one of your sources, check the very back few pages. That’s often where an author will list the sources they used for their book.

Step 5 Keep thorough notes...

  • Remember to number each page of your notes, so you don’t get confused later about what information came from which source!
  • Remember, you’ll need to cite any information that you use in your report; however, exactly how you do this will depend on the format that was assigned to you.

Step 6 Use your research...

  • For most reports, your thesis statement should not contain your own opinions. However, if you're writing a persuasive report, the thesis should contain an argument that you will have to prove in the body of the essay.
  • An example of a straightforward report thesis (Thesis 1) would be: “The three main halls of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition were filled with modern creations of the day and were an excellent representation of the innovative spirit of the Progressive era.”
  • A thesis for a persuasive report (Thesis 2) might say: “The Panama-Pacific International Exposition was intended as a celebration of the Progressive spirit, but actually harbored a deep racism and principle of white supremacy that most visitors chose to ignore or celebrate.”

Step 7 Organize your notes...

  • The purpose of an outline is to help you to visualize how your essay will look. You can create a straightforward list or make a concept map , depending on what makes the most sense to you.
  • Try to organize the information from your notes so it flows together logically. For instance, it can be helpful to try to group together related items, like important events from a person’s childhood, education, and career, if you’re writing a biographical report.
  • Example main ideas for Thesis 1: Exhibits at the Court of the Universe, Exhibits at the Court of the Four Seasons, Exhibits at the Court of Abundance.

Tip: It can help to create your outline on a computer in case you change your mind as you’re moving information around.

Writing the First Draft

Step 1 Format the report according to the guidelines you were given.

  • Try to follow any formatting instructions to the letter. If there aren't any, opt for something classic, like 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, double-spaced lines, and 1 in (2.5 cm) margins all around.
  • You'll usually need to include a bibliography at the end of the report that lists any sources you used. You may also need a title page , which should include the title of the report, your name, the date, and the person who requested the report.
  • For some types of reports, you may also need to include a table of contents and an abstract or summary that briefly sums up what you’ve written. It’s typically easier to write these after you’ve finished your first draft. [14] X Research source

Step 2 State your thesis...

  • Example Intro for Thesis 1: “The Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) of 1915 was intended to celebrate both the creation of the Panama Canal, and the technological advancements achieved at the turn of the century. The three main halls of the PPIE were filled with modern creations of the day and were an excellent representation of the innovative spirit of the Progressive era.”

Step 3 Start each paragraph in the body of the report with a topic sentence.

  • Typically, you should present the most important or compelling information first.
  • Example topic sentence for Thesis 1: At the PPIE, the Court of the Universe was the heart of the exposition and represented the greatest achievements of man, as well as the meeting of the East and the West.

Tip: Assume that your reader knows little to nothing about the subject. Support your facts with plenty of details and include definitions if you use technical terms or jargon in the paper.

Step 4 Support each topic sentence with evidence from your research.

  • Paraphrasing means restating the original author's ideas in your own words. On the other hand, a direct quote means using the exact words from the original source in quotation marks, with the author cited.
  • For the topic sentence listed above about the Court of the Universe, the body paragraph should go on to list the different exhibits found at the exhibit, as well as proving how the Court represented the meeting of the East and West.
  • Use your sources to support your topic, but don't plagiarize . Always restate the information in your own words. In most cases, you'll get in serious trouble if you just copy from your sources word-for-word. Also, be sure to cite each source as you use it, according to the formatting guidelines you were given. [18] X Research source

Step 5 Follow your evidence with commentary explaining why it links to your thesis.

  • Your commentary needs to be at least 1-2 sentences long. For a longer report, you may write more sentences for each piece of commentary.

Step 6 Summarize your research...

  • Avoid presenting any new information in the conclusion. You don’t want this to be a “Gotcha!” moment. Instead, it should be a strong summary of everything you’ve already told the reader.

Revising Your Report

Step 1 Scan the report to make sure everything is included and makes sense.

  • A good question to ask yourself is, “If I were someone reading this report for the first time, would I feel like I understood the topic after I finished reading?

Tip: If you have time before the deadline, set the report aside for a few days . Then, come back and read it again. This can help you catch errors you might otherwise have missed.

Step 2 Check carefully for proofreading errors.

  • Try reading the report to yourself out loud. Hearing the words can help you catch awkward language or run-on sentences you might not catch by reading it silently.

Step 3 Read each sentence from the end to the beginning.

  • This is a great trick to find spelling errors or grammatical mistakes that your eye would otherwise just scan over.

Step 4 Have someone else proofread it for you.

  • Ask your helper questions like, “Do you understand what I am saying in my report?” “Is there anything you think I should take out or add?” And “Is there anything you would change?”

Step 5 Compare your report to the assignment requirements to ensure it meets expectations.

  • If you have any questions about the assignment requirements, ask your instructor. It's important to know how they'll be grading your assignment.

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How to Write a Report (2023 Guide & Free Templates)

You have a report due in a few days, but you’re still procrastinating like a pro.

Sounds familiar?

If you’ve been staring at a blank page, wondering how to write a report the best way possible, you’re not alone. For many, writing a report, especially for the first time, can feel like rolling a giant boulder uphill.

The good news is that from a first draft to creating reports that people love to read is a skill you can develop and polish over time.

Whether you’re a student, a professional, or someone who wants to up their report-writing game, keep reading for a 2023 guide and step-by-step instructions on how to write a report. Plus, learn about the basic report format.

You’ll also get access to report templates that you can edit and customize immediately and learn about a tool to make reports online (no need to download software!). You can also jump right into customizing templates by creating a free account .

What is report writing?

Report writing is a way of communicating information, data, insight, or analysis. It’s an essential skill that will come in handy in various settings, from academic research or diving into historical events to business meetings.

But creating a report can be a bit intimidating at first.

In its simplest form, report writing starts with researching and gathering all the information, analyzing your findings, and presenting it in a way that’s easy for your audience to understand.

Sounds easy enough, right? 

Well, there’s a bit more to it than that. We’ll guide you through every step of the process to write an entire report from a rough draft and data in the next section. 

But first, let’s get to know the different types of reports.

Types of reports

Reports come in all shapes and sizes, and the type of report you write will depend on your specific goals and audience. Each type of report has its unique purpose, format, and style.

financial review report, how to write a report

The most common types of reports are: 

  • Academic report – These include school reports, book reports, thesis reports, or analytical reports between two opposing ideas.
  • Business report – Business reports range from annual reports to SWOT analyses . The goal of business reports is to communicate ideas, information, or insights in a business setting.
  • Research report –  Research reports are often more scientific or methodological in nature. They can take the form of case studies or research papers. 

Learn more : 20 Types of Reports and When to Use Them (Plus Templates)

How to write a report without feeling overwhelmed

Breaking down the report writing process into three stages can make it much more manageable for you, especially if it’s your first time to create one. 

These three stages are: 

  • Pre-writing stage
  • Writing stage
  • Post-writing stage

Let’s take a look at the steps for each stage and how to write a good report in 2023 that you can be proud of.

Stage 1: Pre-writing 

The pre-writing stage is all about preparation. Take some time to gather your thoughts and organize your main idea. Write a summary first.

Here are important steps to help you deal with the overwhelm of creating an insightful report. 

Understand the purpose of your report

Knowing your purpose will help you focus and stay on track throughout the process. Dig into the why of your report through these questions:

  • Who is your intended reader? Are you familiar with your audience’s language and how they think?
  • What are you trying to achieve with your report? Are you trying to inform, persuade, or recommend a course of action to the reader? 

Research your topic

It’s time to gather as much information as you can about your topic. This might involve reading books, articles, and other reports. You might also need to conduct interviews with subject matter experts.

Pro tip on how to write a report : Pick reputable sources like research papers, recently-published books, and case studies by trustworthy authors. 

Make a report outline

An outline is a roadmap for your report. It covers your title, introduction, thesis statement, main points, and conclusion. Organizing your thoughts this way will help you keep focus and ensure you cover all the necessary information.

example of a business report outline

While you can create a report without creating an outline, you could write a better report with an outline. An outline helps you organize your facts and important points on paper. 

Stage 2: Writing

Once you have completed the pre-writing stage, it’s time to write your report. 

Follow the proper report writing format

You will feel a lot of resistance at this point because this is where most of the tedious work of report writing happens. However, the process can be a breeze if you follow a proper structure and report writing format.

The structure of your report can vary depending on the type of report you’re creating, but the report writing format below can serve as a guide for anyone.

  • Title page. This is the first page of your report and should include the report’s title, the author’s name, the date of presentation or submission, and any other relevant information, such as your name or the organization’s name.
  • Table of Contents (TOC ). This section contains subsections of your report and their corresponding page numbering.  A well-written TOC will help readers navigate your report easily and find the information they need.
  • Brief summary . This part provides an overview of the report’s particular purpose, subject, methodology, key findings, and recommendations. This section is often called the executive summary in corporate reports.
  • Introduction . The introduction should provide background information about the topic and explain why the report was written. It should also state the aims and objectives of your report and give an overview of the methodology used to gather and analyze the data. Make sure you include a powerful topic sentence.
  • Main body. The main body of the report should be divided into subsections, each dealing with a specific aspect of the topic. These sections should be clearly labeled and organized in a logical order. In most reports, this is also the part where you explain and present your findings, analysis, and recommendations.
  • Conclusion. Summarize the main points of your report and provide a final summary, thought, or suggestions. Review your thesis statement. The conclusion also includes any limitations of the study and areas for further research or future action.
  • References . This section should include a list of all the sources cited in the report, like books, journal articles, websites, and any other sources used to gather information on your subject.
  • Appendices . In the appendices section, you should include any additional information relevant to the report but not in the article’s main body. This might consist of raw data, event details, graphs, charts, or tables.

With all these key report elements, your readers can look forward to an informative, well-organized, and easy-to-read report.

Pro tips: Remember to use clear and concise language in your essay. It is also required to follow a specific type of formatting set by your organization or instructor.

Plus, use the active voice when you can because it helps improve clarity. To write a report essay in a passive voice makes it sound less concise.

Reports should usually be written in the third person.

Edit and proofread the article

Once you have completed your first essay draft, take some time to edit and proofread your work. Look for spelling mistakes and grammar errors, as well as any areas where the flow of your article could be improved. Review your topic sentence.

If hiring a professional editor isn’t possible, have a colleague or someone else read your rough draft and provide feedback. You can also use tools like Grammarly and the Hemingway App . 

Stage 3: Post-writing

You’re almost there! This stage is about finalizing your report and ensuring it is ready to be shared. 

Format your report

Ensure your report is formatted correctly, with clear and easy-to-read fonts, headings, and subheadings.

Incorporate visuals

Adding visuals to your report article is another great way to help your audience understand complex information more easily.

From charts to illustrations, the right visual can help highlight and explain key points, events, trends, and patterns in your data, making it easier for the reader to interpret the information.

an example of a report that uses visuals effectively, written report

Want to check out more templates? Get access to the template gallery today .

However, it’s important to use visuals sparingly and ensure they are relevant and effectively support the texts. You will learn more about effectively incorporating visuals into your report as you scroll down below to the next sections. 

Share your report

Once your report is complete, share it with your audience. This might involve submitting it to your boss, presenting it to a group, or sharing it online.

A final note for this section: Remember to take your time, stay organized, and most importantly, have fun! Writing a report can be a rewarding experience, especially if you get positive feedback when you present.

How to add visuals to your report

Adding visuals to your report is more than just putting a graph or chart for every piece of information.

There are no hard and fast rules but use the pointers below as guidelines:

  • Each visual in your report should have a purpose. Don’t just add a pie chart or bar graph for the sake of adding one. Your visual of choice should offer clarity to readers that’s impossible to achieve with words alone. Piktochart’s report maker lets you search for free stock images and illustrations to add to any page with drag and drop.
  • Add captions, legends, or arrows to your visuals when possible. For more technical reports, graphics are either Tables or Figures. Number them in order of appearance (Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, etc.) and give each a descriptive title.
  • Place the visual close to the relevant text on the page.
  • Document the source of the visual, citing it in both the caption and references section if necessary.
  • Make the graphic stand out with colors, borders, boxes, spacing, and frames.

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Learn more : How to Improve Your Data Visualization Design in 6 Steps 

Write reports like a pro with Piktochart’s easy-to-edit report templates

Creating reports from scratch can be time-consuming. The great news is you don’t have to make reports from scratch like how it used to be in the 90s and early 2000s. Organizations of all shapes and sizes now understand that you can also create the perfect report with the help of templates.

For example, Piktochart offers a variety of fully customizable templates, allowing you to easily add your branding, colors, and text within the online editor. You can visualize your thesis statement and first draft in less than an hour. It’s also possible to start writing directly in the tool, adding graphics page by page.

These templates range from reports for school presentations to sales reports. By editing them, you can create professional-looking reports without the hassle of formatting and design.

Here are some examples of Piktochart’s professionally-designed templates. If you can’t pick one that matches your report writing format and needs, create a free Piktochart account to get access to more templates. 

Survey report template 

This survey report template includes clear visualizations, making your report findings easier to understand. From customer surveys to employee satisfaction reports, this template is quite versatile. 

an employee satisfaction survey report template by Piktochart

Research report template 

This research report template is perfect for anyone looking to create a thorough and professional research report. The template includes all the necessary sections to help you easily organize your research and present your findings in a concise document.

research report template by Piktochart

Corporate report template 

Looking for a corporate report template example with an editable table of contents and foreword? This template is the perfect fit!

Whether you’re presenting to investors or sharing information with your team, this corporate report template will help you create a polished and informative executive summary for any corporate organization.

corporate report template by Piktochart

Case study report template

Whether you’re conducting a business case study or an academic case study, this case study report template can help you earn your readers’ trust. This template is specifically designed with fashion as its main theme, but you can edit the photos and details to make it more on-brand with your niche.

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Marketing report template

Use this template to create comprehensive marketing reports. The template includes editable sections for social media, data from search engines, email marketing, and paid ads. 

monthly marketing report template by Piktochart

Financial report template 

With this customizable finance report template, you don’t need to make a financial report from scratch. Once you’ve written your content, save your report in PDF or PNG formats.

finance report template by Piktochart

Annual report template 

This annual report template is the right template for creating a professional and informative executive summary of your organization’s performance over the past year. This template was designed for HR annual reports, but you can also repurpose it for other types of yearly reports. 

annual review template by Piktochart showing how to write a report

See more report templates by creating a free Piktochart account . 

Quick checklist for better report writing

Before you submit or present your report, use the quick checklist below to help ensure that your report is well-structured, accurate, clear, and properly cited. Most of all, you must ensure that your report meets your audience’s expectations and has all the information and details they need. 

Purpose and audience

  • Does the report address its purpose and meet the needs of the intended audience?

Structure and organization

  • Is the material appropriately arranged in sections?
  • Have irrelevant details been removed?

Accuracy and analysis

  • Has all the material been checked for accuracy?
  • Are graphs and tables clearly labeled? Check the page numbers too.
  • Is the data in graphs or tables analyzed and explained in words?
  • Does the discussion or conclusion show how the results relate to the objectives mentioned in the introduction?
  • Have the results been compared with existing research from the literature survey?

Writing style and clarity

  • Is the report written in a tone that’s indicated in the brand style guide (for corporate reports)? Does it avoid colloquialisms or contractions? 
  • Does it follow the organization’s specific guidelines for writing style? 
  • Is it jargon-free and clearly written? Have you translated technical terms into simpler words?
  • Use the active voice when you can because it helps improve clarity. A written report in a passive voice may make it sound less concise. 

Acknowledgment and citation

  • Have all ideas and event data taken from or inspired by someone else’s work been acknowledged with a reference?
  • Have all illustrations and figures taken from someone else’s work been cited correctly?


  • Has the report been carefully proofread for typos, spelling errors, and grammatical mistakes?

Make engaging and effective reports quickly with Piktochart

Writing a report is a must-have skill for anyone looking to communicate more effectively in their personal and professional lives. 

With the steps we’ve provided in this guide, anyone can learn how to write a report that is informative, engaging, and comprehensive.

Plus, the free templates we highlighted are valuable for individuals looking to create reports quickly and efficiently. They can also be used to transform a longer report filled with texts into something more engaging and easy to digest.

Sign up for a free Piktochart account today, and look forward to writing reports with its library of modern, customizable report templates. 

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This text-based one-page report shows another option. One-page reports do not have to be full of visuals. Cosgrove and Associates created this one-page report to highlight answers to evaluation questions.

Want even more inspiration? Check out our one-page report Pinterest page.

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What are paginated reports in Power BI?

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Paginated reports are designed to be printed or shared. They're called paginated because they're formatted to fit well on a page. They display all the data in a table, even if the table spans multiple pages. You can control their report page layout exactly. Power BI Report Builder is the standalone tool for authoring paginated reports for the Power BI service.

Here are some quick links if you're ready to get started:

  • Install Power BI Report Builder from the Microsoft Download Center
  • Tutorial: Create a paginated report
  • Sample Power BI paginated reports
  • Looking for information about Microsoft Report Builder for Power BI Report Server and SQL Server Reporting Services? See Install Microsoft Report Builder - Power BI Report Server instead.

Paginated reports often have many pages. For example, this report has 563 pages. Each page is laid out exactly, with one page per invoice, and repeating headers and footers.


You can preview your report in Report Builder, then publish it to the Power BI service,


License requirements for Power BI paginated reports (.rdl files) are the same as for Power BI reports (.pbix files).

  • You don't need a license to download Power BI Report Builder from the Microsoft Download Center for free.
  • With a free license, you can publish paginated reports to My Workspace in the Power BI service. For more information, see Feature availability for users with free licenses in the Power BI service .
  • With a Power BI Pro license or a PPU license, you can publish paginated reports to other workspaces. You also need at least a contributor role in the workspace.
  • You need Build permission for the dataset .

Compare Power BI reports and paginated reports

A major advantage of paginated reports is their ability to print all the data in a table, no matter how long. Picture that you place a table in a Power BI report. You see some of its rows in the table on the page, and you have a scroll bar to see the rest. If you print that page, or export it to PDF, the only rows that print are the ones you saw on the page.

Now say you place the same table in a paginated report. When you print it or export it to PDF, the paginated report has as many pages as necessary to print every row in that table.

In the following video, Microsoft Most Valued Professional - Data Platform Peter Myers, and Principal Program Manager Chris Finlan demonstrate printing a similar table in the two report formats.

This video might use earlier versions of Power BI Report Builder or the Power BI service.

This video is Module 1, part of an eight-module video-based course, Power BI Paginated Reports in a Day . The course is designed to empower you as a report author with the technical knowledge required to create, publish, and distribute Power BI paginated reports.

Create reports in Power BI Report Builder

Paginated reports have their own design tool, Power BI Report Builder. It's a new tool that shares the same foundation as the tools you'd previously used to create paginated reports for Power BI Report Server or SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). In fact, paginated reports that you create for SSRS 2016 and 2017 or for Power BI Report Server on-premises, are compatible with the Power BI service. The Power BI service maintains backwards compatibility so you can move your reports forward, and you can upgrade any previous-version paginated reports. Not all report features are available at launch. See Considerations and limitations in this article for details.

Apply sensitivity labels to paginated reports

Sensitivity labels can be applied to paginated reports hosted in the Power BI service. After uploading a paginated report to the service, you apply the label to the report just as you would to a regular Power BI report.

Read more about sensitivity label support for pagination reports .

Report from a variety of data sources

A single paginated report can have a number of different data sources. It doesn't have an underlying data model, unlike Power BI reports. You create embedded data sources and datasets in the paginated report itself. You can't use shared data sources or shared datasets. You create reports in Report Builder on your local computer. If a report connects to on-premises data, after you upload the report to the Power BI service, you need to create a gateway and redirect the data connection. Here are some of the data sources you can connect to:

  • Azure SQL Database and Azure Synapse Analytics (via Basic and oAuth)
  • Azure Analysis Services (via SSO)
  • SQL Server via a gateway
  • Power BI semantic models

See Supported data sources for Power BI paginated reports for a complete list.

Design your report

Create paginated reports with matrix, chart, and free-form layouts.

Table reports work well for column-based data. Matrix reports, like cross-tab or PivotTable reports, are good for summarized data. Chart reports present data in a graphical format, and free-form list reports can present almost anything else, such as invoices.

You can start with one of the Report Builder wizards. The Table, Matrix, and Chart wizards walk you through creating the embedded data source connection and embedded dataset. Then you drag and drop fields to create a dataset query, select a layout and style, and customize your report.

With the Map wizard, you create reports that display aggregated data against a geographic or geometric background. Map data can be spatial data from a Transact-SQL query or an Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) shapefile. You can also add a Microsoft Bing map tile background.

Add more to your report

Modify your data by filtering, grouping, and sorting data, or by adding formulas or expressions. Add charts, gauges, sparklines, and indicators to summarize data in a visual format. Use parameters and filters to filter data for customized views. Embed or reference images and other resources, including external content.

Everything in a paginated report, from the report itself to every text box, image, table, and chart, has an array of properties you can set to make the report look exactly as you want it.

Creating a report definition

When you design a paginated report, you're really creating a report definition . It doesn't contain the data. It specifies where to get the data, which data to get, and how to display the data. When you run the report, the report processor takes the report definition you've specified, retrieves the data, and combines it with the report layout to generate the report. You upload the report definition to the Power BI service, , either to your My Workspace or to a workspace shared with your colleagues. If the report data source is on premises, after you upload the report, you redirect the data source connection to go through a gateway.

View your paginated report

You view your paginated report in the Power BI service in a browser, and also in the Power BI mobile apps. From the Power BI service, you can export the report to a number of formats, such as HTML, MHTML, PDF, XML, CSV, TIFF, Word, and Excel. You can also share it with others.

Create a subscription to your report

You can set up email subscriptions for yourself and others for paginated reports in the Power BI service. In general, the process is the same as subscribing to reports and dashboards in the Power BI service. Paginated report subscriptions in the Power BI service are similar to email standard subscriptions in Power BI Report Server and SQL Server Reporting Services. In setting up subscriptions, you choose how often you want to receive the emails: daily, weekly, or hourly. The subscription contains a PDF attachment of the entire report output.

For details, see "Subscribe to paginated reports" in the article Email subscriptions for reports and dashboards in the Power BI service .

Use deployment pipelines with paginated reports

In the Power BI service, you can use the deployment pipeline tool with paginated reports. Deployment pipelines let you develop and test your Power BI paginated reports before you release them to your users. The tool is a pipeline with three stages:

  • Development

Read about how to get started with deployment pipelines in the Power BI service.

  • Embed Power BI paginated reports

With Power BI embedded analytics, you can create Power BI content that displays paginated reports in a fully integrated and interactive application. You can embed paginated reports either for your customers or for your organization. See Embed Power BI paginated reports for more information.

Considerations and limitations

Here are some other features that aren't supported:

  • Pinning report pages or visuals to Power BI dashboards. You can still pin visualizations to a Power BI dashboard from an on-premises paginated report on a Power BI Report Server prior to the September 2022 release or SQL Server Reporting Services 2022 release report server. See Pin Reporting Services items to Power BI dashboards for more information on this discontinued feature.
  • Document maps. They don't render in the Power BI service, but they do when you export a report.
  • Shared data sources and shared datasets.
  • Data-driven subscriptions for paginated reports in the Power BI service.
  • Online course: Power BI Paginated Reports in a Day
  • Enter data directly in a paginated report

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20 Professional Report Cover Page Examples & Templates [100% Customizable]

By Michelle Martin , Aug 11, 2023

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The combination of reports and business resembles the harmonious pairing of peanut butter and jelly, yet the process of crafting reports is often more intricate than assembling the yummy sandwich.

Fret not! Behold these 20 report cover page templates, seamlessly blending professionalism with style. These templates are guaranteed to bestow a flawless final flourish upon your most recent statistical masterpiece.

The cherry on top? Every single one of them is both cost-free and effortlessly adaptable, allowing you to personalize them to your liking in under a minute.

Looking for even more convenience? The Venngage report maker , along with an array of versatile report templates , stands ready to provide you with exceptional assistance in your endeavor.

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What’s the purpose of a report cover page, 20 free report cover page templates, how to make a report cover page, report cover page faqs.

You didn’t spend umpteen hours researching, writing, editing, proofing and perfecting your  business report  just for nobody to read it, right? Your report cover page, also known as your title page, matters because it’s the first thing people see. Your report cover page is a first impression.

From it, people make snap judgments like:

  • What is this about?
  • Do I need to read this?
  • Is this going to be worth my time?

Several things subconsciously make up those judgments, including:

  • Your title, and how intriguing it is (or isn’t).
  • The cover page’s design.

Because it’s your first page, seeing a polished and professional report cover page / title page subconsciously makes people assume your report is equally as high quality, too. And that makes them more likely to actually read it and have a positive opinion of it afterwards.

All ready to impress? Let’s take a look at 20 report cover page templates that’ll help you nail those first impressions and  create an amazing report !

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  • Classic report cover page templates

Work for a large company or presenting to a conservative audience? Play it safe with this classic professional report cover page template.

Non Profit Annual Report

For most reports, a simple cover page is all you need. Swap out the tea mug for your own logo, or another illustration that better fits your company from our collection of  over 20,000 icons .

Web Analytics Report

This report cover page template also features a large photo, but with a more refined design that’s perfect for corporations,  consulting firms  and institutions.

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An academic vibe emanates from this report cover page template, so it’s perfect for technical reports or institutions.

Simple Healthcare Annual Report

I love that this report cover features key insights on the cover to hook your potential reader right away. This would be perfect for a  white paper  or study, or even to highlight the best data from your sales or  annual report .

Blue Tech McKinsey Consulting Report Template

This template also features a large cover photo, but keeps the rest of the  report design  minimal with only a title and company name. Because of the huge photo space, it’s perfect for showing off physical projects, like real estate developments.

Project Status Report Template

This report cover page template is ideal for any type of report, although it’s particularly suited to making your  financial reports  shine.

Payroll Report Template

  • Bold report cover page templates

The bright color and chunky border set this report cover page template / title page apart from the rest. Go big and get your report noticed.

Corporate Annual Report Template

Show off your work or team with this professional, but splashy, report cover template.

Transportation Agency Annual Report Template

Perfect for promoting your brand colors, this bold template is sure to get your reader’s attention.

Simple Annual Report Template

This colorful cover page template packs a punch while being super quick to customize. Change the text to your report title and you’re done. You could leave the colored bars as is, or change them to match your brand colors.

Retro Year End Annual Report Template

An eye-catching report cover with the most minimal approach possible: Only a title. Unlike the others featured here, this one doesn’t include a company name, date, or any other text fields. You can stay with the minimal approach, or add more text fields easily in the  Venngage editor .

Annual Finance Report

This report cover template brings boldness not only with bright colors and shapes, but also being in landscape format. Ooh, rebellious.

Color Block Sales Call Report Template

Simple yet elegant, this report cover puts your products or  project  front and center with a modern flair sure to get attention.

Teal Competitor Analysis Consulting Report Template

  • Creative report cover page templates

Punch it up a notch with this colorful cover page. It’s perfect for  marketing presentations  or any report geared toward design-minded folks.

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This fun cover page template reminds me of an old-school composition notebook. Changing the colors to black and white would emphasize that effect — sure to be a hit with the elder Millennials on your team. 😉

Vibrant Business Marketing Quarterly Report Template

While it may not be suitable for a boardroom of C-suite executives, this report cover’s illustrative style will certainly turn heads. Reimagine this scene with entirely new elements from our library of  over 40,000 icons and illustrations , or simply replace a few individual items to better suit  your HR reporting  needs.

Illustrative Company Employee Handbook Template

If the above template is too casual for your audience, try this title page. It has a more classic layout while still utilizing creative illustration elements.

Annual Report Cover Template

Customizing this illustrated report cover is quick and easy: Replace the icons inside the silhouette with graphics or text that represents your industry or the subject matter of your report.

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Featuring a modern, minimal border and cute, yet still professional, illustrations, this report cover page template is perfect for study results and insightful reports.

Statistical Report Template

  • Choose a template

Pick any of the report cover page templates featured in this article, or browse our  full collection of report templates . I’ve shown you the cover pages here, but every template also comes with a full set of inner pages to make your entire report shine.

I’m using  this report cover template  for this example.

Click  Create  on the template you want to use.

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  • Add your branding

Clicking  Create  on a template opens the editor tool where you can easily swap out colors, fonts, images, edit text and more.

To swap a color, click on the element you want to change, then click the  color icon  in the top bar and choose a new one. You can use the eyedropper to pick another color from your template, or enter a HEX or RGB color code. You can also adjust the opacity.

Need some inspiration? Check out these top  color palette generators .

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To edit text, click on the text box you want to change. Double-clicking automatically selects the text. Start typing to overwrite it, or select just the section you want to change.

With the text box selected, change the font, color, size or other styles using the formatting bar at the top.

You can also upload your own font file to ensure your report cover perfectly matches the rest of your report, and brand.

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  • Swap out images

To edit an image, click on it and choose  Replace .

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You can upload your own image, or search and choose from over 3 million  royalty-free stock images  from Pexels and Pixabay, conveniently accessible right inside the editor.

You may run into what I have with this report cover page template: I changed the photo, but it’s still got the blue overlay on it. Not to worry, here’s how to change that.

Open the left side menu and click  Background . You can choose a new background color based on other colors used in your document — an easy way to keep designs on-brand — or, specify your own color. You can even add a gradient background with one click, or add a pattern on top of your background color.

The possibilities are endless for customizing your visual elements.

Once you change the background color, your photo may be too dark or too light to show up properly. To adjust this, click on the photo, then  Opacity  at the top. Play around with it until it looks just right.

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  • Optional: Create the rest of your report

Each of our report cover templates come with matching content page templates. To use them, click on the  Page Manager  on the right side.

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Click on any page to edit it and add in your report content. Click the  plus icon  to add a new blank page, or the  double-rectangle icon  to duplicate an existing page.

No time for that level of detail, or already have a completed report and only need a cover? No problem — just  export the first page  as your new cover and attach it to your existing PDF with  Adobe Acrobat ,  Preview  for Mac, or with an online tool like  MergePDF .

  • Wow your boss/team/mom

Whoever’s gonna be reading your report will be heckin’ impressed by your top notch style, friend. Nicely done.

What should be on a report cover page?

There is only one “must-have” thing on your report cover: your report title.

But, most people also include:

  • Your company name
  • Company website URL
  • Contact information, like email or phone number (usually only if giving a presentation)
  • An identifier of what type of report it is (e.g. “ Annual Report ,” “Q4 Earnings Report,” “ Progress Update ,” etc)

Ultimately, what you include is up to you and the requirements of your report. You can easily add new text fields or images — or edit existing ones — to any of our  report cover page templates  to suit your needs.

Does my report cover page need to match the rest of my report?

Well… it’d be nice if it did. But no, it’s not required.

For example, your report may be in a spreadsheet format, or listing out balance sheets and financial statements. Most of these types of reports are automatically generated from software. Trying to brand them by copy and pasting that content into a nice looking template probably isn’t worth your time.

Plus, the people reviewing those reports are likely expecting the familiar format they’re used to and may be put off by a big change.

But your report cover page and actual report don’t need to be identical to “match.”

As long as the font in your report isn’t size 36 Comic Sans, attaching a nicely designed cover page will make any report appear more professional and put together. (If your report  is  in Comic Sans, sorry, nothing can redeem it.)

Make a report cover page in 60 seconds or less

A professional, well-designed report cover page communicates the value of your report right away. It immediately gives your reader the impression of importance and competence, which is probably what you want your boss to think about you.

Plus, a great title page makes it much more likely your report will actually be read.

To recap, here’s how to make your own report cover page in less than 60 seconds:

  • Step 1:  Sign up for a free  Venngage account .
  • Step 2:  Choose a report cover page template.
  • Step 3:  Add your branding, colors, fonts, and edit the text.
  • Step 4 (Optional):  Create the rest of your report with matching report page templates.
  • Step 5:  Save, share, print or export your cover and attach it to your existing report.

It’s really that quick to make a professional report cover page using a Venngage report cover page template. Gather your brand elements and report title and go forth and rock that report!

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Writing the Experimental Report: Overview, Introductions, and Literature Reviews

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Written for undergraduate students and new graduate students in psychology (experimental), this handout provides information on writing in psychology and on experimental report and experimental article writing.

Experimental reports (also known as "lab reports") are reports of empirical research conducted by their authors. You should think of an experimental report as a "story" of your research in which you lead your readers through your experiment. As you are telling this story, you are crafting an argument about both the validity and reliability of your research, what your results mean, and how they fit into other previous work.

These next two sections provide an overview of the experimental report in APA format. Always check with your instructor, advisor, or journal editor for specific formatting guidelines.

General-specific-general format

Experimental reports follow a general to specific to general pattern. Your report will start off broadly in your introduction and discussion of the literature; the report narrows as it leads up to your specific hypotheses, methods, and results. Your discussion transitions from talking about your specific results to more general ramifications, future work, and trends relating to your research.

Experimental reports in APA format have a title page. Title page formatting is as follows:

  • A running head and page number in the upper right corner (right aligned)
  • A definition of running head in IN ALL CAPS below the running head (left aligned)
  • Vertically and horizontally centered paper title, followed by author and affiliation

Please see our sample APA title page .

Crafting your story

Before you begin to write, carefully consider your purpose in writing: what is it that you discovered, would like to share, or would like to argue? You can see report writing as crafting a story about your research and your findings. Consider the following.

  • What is the story you would like to tell?
  • What literature best speaks to that story?
  • How do your results tell the story?
  • How can you discuss the story in broad terms?

During each section of your paper, you should be focusing on your story. Consider how each sentence, each paragraph, and each section contributes to your overall purpose in writing. Here is a description of one student's process.

Briel is writing an experimental report on her results from her experimental psychology lab class. She was interested in looking at the role gender plays in persuading individuals to take financial risks. After her data analysis, she finds that men are more easily persuaded by women to take financial risks and that men are generally willing to take more financial risks.

When Briel begins to write, she focuses her introduction on financial risk taking and gender, focusing on male behaviors. She then presents relevant literature on financial risk taking and gender that help illuminate her own study, but also help demonstrate the need for her own work. Her introduction ends with a study overview that directly leads from the literature review. Because she has already broadly introduced her study through her introduction and literature review, her readers can anticipate where she is going when she gets to her study overview. Her methods and results continue that story. Finally, her discussion concludes that story, discussing her findings, implications of her work, and the need for more research in the area of gender and financial risk taking.

The abstract gives a concise summary of the contents of the report.

  • Abstracts should be brief (about 100 words)
  • Abstracts should be self-contained and provide a complete picture of what the study is about
  • Abstracts should be organized just like your experimental report—introduction, literature review, methods, results and discussion
  • Abstracts should be written last during your drafting stage


The introduction in an experimental article should follow a general to specific pattern, where you first introduce the problem generally and then provide a short overview of your own study. The introduction includes three parts: opening statements, literature review, and study overview.

Opening statements: Define the problem broadly in plain English and then lead into the literature review (this is the "general" part of the introduction). Your opening statements should already be setting the stage for the story you are going to tell.

Literature review: Discusses literature (previous studies) relevant to your current study in a concise manner. Keep your story in mind as you organize your lit review and as you choose what literature to include. The following are tips when writing your literature review.

  • You should discuss studies that are directly related to your problem at hand and that logically lead to your own hypotheses.
  • You do not need to provide a complete historical overview nor provide literature that is peripheral to your own study.
  • Studies should be presented based on themes or concepts relevant to your research, not in a chronological format.
  • You should also consider what gap in the literature your own research fills. What hasn't been examined? What does your work do that others have not?

Study overview: The literature review should lead directly into the last section of the introduction—your study overview. Your short overview should provide your hypotheses and briefly describe your method. The study overview functions as a transition to your methods section.

You should always give good, descriptive names to your hypotheses that you use consistently throughout your study. When you number hypotheses, readers must go back to your introduction to find them, which makes your piece more difficult to read. Using descriptive names reminds readers what your hypotheses were and allows for better overall flow.

In our example above, Briel had three different hypotheses based on previous literature. Her first hypothesis, the "masculine risk-taking hypothesis" was that men would be more willing to take financial risks overall. She clearly named her hypothesis in the study overview, and then referred back to it in her results and discussion sections.

Thais and Sanford (2000) recommend the following organization for introductions.

  • Provide an introduction to your topic
  • Provide a very concise overview of the literature
  • State your hypotheses and how they connect to the literature
  • Provide an overview of the methods for investigation used in your research

Bem (2006) provides the following rules of thumb for writing introductions.

  • Write in plain English
  • Take the time and space to introduce readers to your problem step-by-step; do not plunge them into the middle of the problem without an introduction
  • Use examples to illustrate difficult or unfamiliar theories or concepts. The more complicated the concept or theory, the more important it is to have clear examples
  • Open with a discussion about people and their behavior, not about psychologists and their research

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  • Understanding Report Page Types

8.1 Understanding Report Page Types

Learn about the available report page types when running the Create Application Wizard and Create Page Wizard.

The Create Application Wizard and Create Page Wizard include a number of pages for displaying data. Some of these page types, such as classic reports, interactive reports, and interactive grids, are straightforward reports. However, others include a report region and an associated search region. For example, a faceted search page contains a search region and a report region which can display as either a cards region or a classic report. Similarly, a smart filters page includes a search region and a search results report which can be a classic report, cards, map, or calendar.

  • Report Page Type Use Cases Review common use cases for available report page types.
  • Comparison of Report Page Types Compare report pages types available when running the Create Application Wizard and Create Page Wizard.

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8.1.1 Report Page Type Use Cases

Review common use cases for available report page types.

The following table describes uses cases for the report page types available in the Create Page Wizard and Create Application Wizard.

Parent topic: Understanding Report Page Types

8.1.2 Comparison of Report Page Types

Compare report pages types available when running the Create Application Wizard and Create Page Wizard.

The following table describes the commonly used report page types available in the Create Page Wizard and Create Application Wizard.

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Crash Reporting

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When your game crashes, Unreal Engine creates a crash report, which it can send to the Crash Report Client . The Crash Report Client is an application that prompts users to provide optional comments and submit the crash report to Epic Games. You can customize the Crash Report Client packaged with your game to send crash report data to your own server to help with debugging your games.

This guide provides:

An overview of crash reports and their contents.

Information on where to find crash reports on your local machine.

Config variable reference and project settings for crash reporting.

How to modify and configure the crash reporter client for your own packaged applications.

Recommendations for crash report services you can use to receive crash reports on a remote server.

A crash report contains:

A unique random crash identifier, called crash guid .

Information about the error, such as the type (crash, assert, ensure, etc.), or the callstacks of the crashing thread and all other threads.

System information for the machine and application context information such as build configuration.

The log output at the moment of the crash. This can be device runtime logs or project editor logs.

Additional context provided by the game using key/value pairs.

Any additional comments provided by the user through the crash report client.

The following is an example of a crash report as viewed in the Crash Report Client:

A crash report is displayed in the UE Crash Reporter client. It prompts the user for information about what they were doing when the crash occurred and shows the log dump from the moment of the crash.

Crash reports from the editor are stored on your local machine in your project's Saved/Crashes folder.

Alternatively, you can find crash reports on a user's local machine in C:\Users[Your Windows Username]\AppData\Local[Project Name]\Saved\Crashes .

The following are the most common causes of crash reports that you will encounter. Each of these starts the Crash Reporter client with a message above the callstack giving details about the type of crash encountered.

Ensures are meant as a development tool only, and are usually disabled in Test and Shipping build configurations. We recommend that you always publish a game to end consumers using the Shipping configuration. Distributing Development or Debugging builds can result in sending Epic Games unattended crash reports from your users if you haven't modified the Crash Reporter Client.

In addition to the standard information added to a crash report, it is also possible for game projects to add their own custom context, called game data . This could be information about the game mode, the player's location in the world, or other game state information vital for investigating bugs. The data is added using key/value pairs and using the FPlatformCrashContext::SetGameData function.


Note that custom context is set before the error occurs. When a crash report is collected, the current state of the game data values is captured and written to the report.

As an example, whenever your game enters a new game mode call:


A crash during that game mode will contain the following XMLdata:


The crash report infrastructure for UE consists of the following components:

A Crash Report Client on the user's machine, distributed with builds of the editor or your game. The Crash Report Client sends crash dump info to your endpoint.

A server with applications and components that manage, filter, and store crash reports.

The sections below detail each of these components and how to set them up for your own organization.

The Crash Reporter Client is a separate program that is used with both editor builds and optionally packaged with runtime builds on users' machines. When either the editor or the packaged application crashes, the engine generates a crash report, then launches the Crash Reporter Client if available. If the Crash Reporter is not in unattended mode, it displays a window with the crash data and prompts users to send or opt out of sending the report.

By default, the Crash Reporter Client is not included with packaged games. To add it to your packaged builds:

In Unreal Editor, open Project Settings and navigate to Project > Packaging .

Unfold the Advanced dropdown.

Enable the Include Crash Reporter setting.

Alternatively, you can add IncludeCrashReporter=True to your project's Config/DefaultGame.ini file.


The following config variables decide whether or not the crash reporter should automatically send crash reports to the server. You can configure these in any Engine.ini file under the [CrashReportClient] category.


In UE 5.3.2 and earlier, due to a bug, bSendUnattendedCrashReports did not work correctly on runtime builds packaged with the crash reporter. When set to false, the crash reporter would still automatically send reports on Ensures to Epic Games. This issue will be fixed in UE 5.4.

You can customize the Crash Reporter Client to send crash events to a server of your choice. To customize the Crash Reporter:

Open your Unreal Engine install directory.

Navigate to Engine/Programs/CrashReportClient/Config

Open the DefaultEngine.ini file.

This config file includes all variables used for configuring the Crash Reporter.

DefaultEngine.ini (Programs/CrashReportClient)

To send crash reports to your own organization, change the DataRouterURL variable to the URL of your own crash report server. Refer to the Crash Report Server section below for more information about how to set up this endpoint.

The Crash Reporter Client's config variables are as follows:

Editor builds always include the Crash Report Client, but including it in packaged builds is optional.

To make the most of the crash reporter, you need to set up a server that can receive remote users' crash reports and symbolicate them. UE does not include such a component with its source code or binaries. However, using the source code for the Crash Report Client can give you a starting point to create your own custom solution. There are also several third-party crash report services that you can deploy.

The following crash report services are commonly used within the UE community. Each one has documentation for integrating them with UE's crash reporter:


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