ArcGIS Pro

The Report Horizon: Reporting functionality has arrived!

There’s a brand-new button in ArcGIS Pro 2.3:  The New Report button!  The inclusion of this long-anticipated functionality means that data should consider itself warned – it can no longer hide in a table.  Rows will be organized and sorted, they will be counted and summarized, and trends that might’ve gone unnoticed are now exposed for all to see.  Welcome to the world of reports!


The information displayed in a report is compiled directly from your geographic data or stand-alone table which can be organized and summarized in many ways. Adding a report to your project creates a new report view specifically designed for authoring and editing a report.

A key feature of a report is that it is divided into sections. Some sections are shown just once in the exported report, like the Report Header, and some sections are repeated multiple times, like the Page Footer. Using sections, you can get to the information you need and arrange it in a consistent format. All reports have at least five sections:

Grouping your data is an optional level of organization that aggregates the data by common fields – for example, you might group demographic data by county or by state. If grouping is used, the report will include two additional sections for each group level:

When creating a new report, the Create New Report pane steps you through the essential requirements: setting a data source; filtering and organizing the data; and choosing design aspects such as the template, styling and page setup.  Once created, the report view will appear.  In this view, the report can be enhanced by adding summary statistics, dynamic text such as the date exported, or even a company logo.

When you are ready to see your report, it can be exported as a PDF.  Exporting a report pulls in the source data and generates the repeating sections to create a finished report document that can be printed or shared. Export options can be customized to produce a PDF with page ranges and numbering sequences to suit your desired final output. To share the report definition with other ArcGIS Pro users, you can alternatively export the report to a report file (.rptx). Similar to a map or layout file, a report definition can be shared between projects or users for re-use with other content. However, when sharing a report file keep in mind that it does not include the underlying data, and that it has been configured for a specific data schema.


The new reporting functionality provides another way to share a well-formatted, multi-page representation of data by helping to highlight previously unnoticed trends.  What might be hiding in your data? Head to the Insert tab and give reports a try to find out!


About the author

Jill works as a Product Engineer in Development at Esri, where she designs and tests mapping features in ArcGIS Pro.


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