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2324158 - Refresh button grayed out in Crystal Reports Viewer


  • Refresh button inactive.
  • Unable to refresh a report in Crystal Reports Viewer.
  • Why is the refresh button grayed out in Crystal Reports Viewer?
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  • SAP Crystal Reports Viewer 2013
  • SAP Crystal Reports Viewer 2016
  • SAP Crystal Reports Viewer 2020

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Open a report with saved data in Crystal Reports Viewer.
  2. Notice the refresh button is grayed out, and it is not possible to refresh the report.
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  • The reason the refresh button is grayed out in Crystal Reports Viewer, it's because the report was open from a local drive.
  • Crystal Reports Viewer is a tool to view report with saved data only, and do not have any database connectivity functionality, and therefore cannot refresh any reports directly.


  • The only way to refresh a report is to connect Crystal Reports Viewer to the SAP BI Platform, and then select a report stored on the SAP BI Platform. In this scenario, it is possible to refresh the report, because the report is actually not refreshed by Crystal Reports Viewer, but by the SAP BI Platform, and the end result is a report with saved data that is sent from the SAP BI Platform to Crystal Reports Viewer, which is then displayed in Crystal Reports Viewer.
  • For more information on Crystal Reports Viewer, see the following SAP Knowledge Article:
    1300699 - Crystal Reports Viewers Limitations when viewing a report created in Crystal Reports


CRV, CR Viewer , KBA , BI-RA-CRV , SAP Crystal Reports Viewer , Problem


SAP Crystal Reports viewer 2013 ; SAP Crystal Reports viewer 2016 ; SAP Crystal Reports viewer 2020