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Working with Report Explorer

About Report Explorer

Use the Report Explorer to:

  • Create and modify report setup files.

  • Apply style sheets to format the generated report.

  • Specify the report file format.

  • Generate reports.

Open the Report Explorer using one of these approaches:

  • From the MATLAB® Toolstrip, in the Apps tab, in the Database Connectivity and Reporting section, click Report Generator.

  • In the MATLAB Command Window, enter report.

Default view of the Report Explorer app

The Report Explorer has three panes:

  • The Outline pane on the left shows the hierarchy of components in currently opened report setup files. Report components can reside within other report components, creating parent, child, and sibling relationships.

  • The Library pane in the middle lists the objects available in the context of the Outline pane.

    Outline Pane ContextLibrary Pane Contents

    No report setup file is open.


    Report setup file is open.


    Style sheet is open.

    Style sheet attributes

  • The Properties pane contents depend on the Outline pane context. If no report setup file is open, on the right displays tasks the Report Explorer can perform. If a report setup file is open, the Properties pane displays the properties for the item that is currently selected in the Options pane.

    Outline Pane ContextProperties Pane Contents

    No report setup file is open.

    Tasks that the Report Explorer can perform

    Report setup file is open.

    Properties for the item that is currently selected

    After you create a report setup file, the Properties pane initially displays properties for the report setup file as a whole.


If the Report Explorer window opens with only two panes, one of the panes is hidden. You can move the vertical boundaries between the panes to reveal any hidden pane, or to make visible panes wider or narrower.

Interactive Report Generation Workflow

  1. Open the Report Explorer.

  2. Create a report setup file. For details about report setups, see Report Setup.

  3. Add content by adding to the report setup file existing components or custom components that you create. For details about using components, see Work with Components Insert Components.

  4. Use Microsoft® Word, HTML, or PDF templates to format reports. For details about templates, see Report Templates.

  5. Generate the report. See Generate Reports.