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I have a report pulling out multiple child records, grouped by parent, where i want just the first child record based on created date/time. In SOQL i would use "order by CreatedDate and limit 1". Is there a similar thing i could do in reports to limit the child records?

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If a tabular report is used, A dashboard can be used to limit the number of records shown there. In this scenario, a limit can be set on the report. Its not an answer but is a workaround. –  Ganesh Mar 12 '13 at 14:20
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Unfortunately, no. The Report Builder does not provide a LIMIT option. This will require doing your report through other means, whether a Visualforce page with SOQL or exporting the data to a different system.

You may be able to find something in the AppExchange.

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my 2cents, I have used a program called Talend to write some pretty simple reports to excel. It may be a bit of overkill though. It is eclipse based so if you are used to ForceIDE it isn't the toughest thing to get a handle on. –  jnoel10 Feb 15 '13 at 13:16
    
Thanks, I'm aware of talend. I too believe its an overkill. We need something simpler than Visualforce Reports and Out of the Box. –  Ganesh Feb 15 '13 at 13:21
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