Because any report could be used as a template, it is also conceivable that many reports could be applied to any single report as a template.
This can prove quite useful if the templates are doing different things. For example, one template might be applying the standard page headers and footers to all reports within a company, whereas another template could be used to apply department-based colors to the details section. Because both templates are encapsulated separately, they can be applied separately and will not affect each other. The end result is one report with both the corporate style (headers and footers) as well as the specific department's colors (in the Details section) applied.
Templates can be applied repeatedly, even if new fields are added to the report after the initial template was applied.
Simply choose Reapply Template in the Template Expert to have the template address any new fields.
Crystal Reports in the Real WorldStandardized Templates
Arguably the most powerful use of report templates is simply adding consistent headers and footers. As described previously, the job of placing header and footer information in exactly the right place time after time is time-consuming and boring. A very simple template can give you a head start on basic formatting.
To create your template, an image of the company logo will be used. For this example, the Business Objects logo (saved in JPG format) from the corporate Web site is used.