Removing the default built-in reports


There is an option to remove the Silk Central built-in reports (Test Manager reports as well as Issue Manger Reports).  

Locate the following 2 files in the sub-folder "StandardReports" in Silk Central's installation directory (e.g. "C:\Program Files (x86)\Silk\Silk Central 16.0\StandardReports")
- TMReportFilters.xml
- IMReportFilters.xml
These files contain the built-in reports for Test Management (TMReportFilters.xml - available via "Reports / Details View" in the main menu) and Issue Management (IMReportFilters.xml - available via "Issues / Reports" in the main menu). 

When a database is connected in Silk Central, then the built-in reports are first removed from the database and then those reports are added again that are specified in the two xml-files. 

Therefore, to remove the built-in reports, they must be removed from these xml files and the database reconnected:

  1. Disconnect the Silk Central database
  2. Edit one of the above mentioned xml-files
  3. Remove the report-entries that you wish to be removed from Silk Central
  4. Save the file(s)
  5. Connect the Silk Central database again
  6. Check that the reports are removed


  • Before editing these two files, you should make a backup of them. Save the backup outside of the "StandardReports" folder
  • To remove a report from one of the files, delete the corresponding Xml-node in the file.
  • To remove all reports from Test Management and/or Issue Management, delete all xml-nodes except the root-node e.g. if you want to remove all built-in reports for Test Management, open TMReportFilters.xml and delete all nodes except the root node. The file should look like below afterwards:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <reportfilter name="Global Reports Root" description="null" defaultrenderer="-1" askforrenderer="false"  module="1000" timeout="0" builtinid="TM1">

  • Use an editor that supports syntax highlighting for XML-files (therefore not Windows' notepad). For instance, Notepad provides a simple intuitive user interface for browsing and editing XML documents

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