The Ad Hoc Editor is an interactive tool for creating views for various types of reports: tables, crosstabs, and charts. You create these views by simply dragging and dropping elements. You can add and summarize fields, define groups, label and title the report, and format data for each field. The effects of your changes are evident immediately, and you can adjust the display to highlight the most relevant and compelling aspects of your data.

The Ad Hoc Editor provides analysis options (such as slice, pivot, and filter) to help you recognize trends and outliers in your data. You can drill into specific details or analyze your data at a very high level.