How to Create a Report with the Report Wizard in Microsoft Access

In Brief...

Similar to the Form Wizard, the Report Wizard walks you through a series of decisions in order to build a report. To create a report using the Report Wizard, follow the steps below.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Access: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. On the Create tab in the Reports group, click Report Wizard. The wizard starts.
    Report Wizard

  2. From the Tables/Queries drop-down list, select the table (or query) to base the report on. The fields for the selected table load in the Available Fields list box.

  3. Move the fields to include on the report from the Available Fields list box to the Selected Fields list box. To do so, double-click a field name to move it or highlight the field name and click >. To move all fields at once, click >>.
    Selected Fields List Box

  4. Click Next >.
    Report Wizard

  5. To group records on the report by a particular field, highlight the field in the list box and click >.
    Highlighted Field in List Box

  6. Add more grouping levels if desired. You can use the arrows to change the order of the grouping levels if needed.

  7. When you finish defining how you want records grouped, click Next >.
    Report Wizard

  8. In the first drop-down list, select the field to sort records by. By default, records will be sorted in ascending order by the field you select. If you want to sort in descending order, click the Ascending button to change its label to "Descending".
    First Drop-down List

  9. You can specify up to four levels of sorting. When you finish specifying sorting options, click Next >.
    Sorting Options

  10. In the Layout field, select the format of the report. Your options are "Stepped", "Block", and "Outline". (Try the options to see a preview of the report layouts.)

  11. In the Orientation field, select whether to lay out the report in portrait or landscape mode.

  12. If you want all fields to fit on a single page, ensure the Adjust the field width so all fields fit on a page check box is marked.

  13. Click Next >.
    Report Wizard

  14. Enter a title for the report.

  15. Select an option for the view you want to open the report in. Your options are:
    • Preview the report (opens in Print Preview mode).
    • Modify the report's design (opens in Design view).

  16. Click Finish. The report loads in the view you selected.
    Print Preview
    Design View

    Once the wizard has done its job, future changes to the Sorting and Grouping are made in the Group, Sort, and Total area: Design > Group & Sort. You may change the order of, remove, or edit any existing items. You may also add a group and a sort as well.
    Design Group and Sort

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