One of the main differences in the Classic and New Style Reporting feature is the Report Wizard.  Editing an existing report is not that different, but let's look at using the Report Wizard to create a brand new report using the Classic designer.  The first step in the wizard is to give your report a name (this will be shown on the list to select a report so make it meaningful), select a Data Type - in this case Contributions. Finally choose the report type. The Choices is Standard and Labels.  Most of the time you will choose standard.

In the next step of the wizard you will choose the fields you want on the report.  Unlike the new style report wizard the fields will appear in the order you select them.  Top to bottom will be left to right on the report.

The next step in the wizard is to select an fields to group on. In this case we will group on date.  If you choose not to pick a grouping level on this screen you will have the option to create a Column style report as opposed to Tabular style report.  Column style is better for a record at a time report style.

When you group on a field you can easily add summary options like Sum, Avg, count and so on.

Next you have options such as Orientation of the report and other style type of choices.

Next you choose color and fonts for the report.

When we click Finish we get to choose a Title that will appear on the first page of the report, unlike the name that will show on the Reports List.

Now the report will first come up in Design view as below.  Trust me, it may look good but in most cases you will have to do some work.  For example, most related tables use a very long string of characters for the unique ID which is not really readable or useful.  So you will have to make change to those items to select the actual field in a table you want to display.

Notice the tool box on the left side.  At the bottom are Sorting and Grouping options.  Contribution Date grouping has already been set up.  Let's look at the report in Preview mode.

Now I need to edit the report so click back on the Designer button in the top right.


Next let's use the New Style Version 2 Reports.