Understanding How Templates Work

A lot of report formatting tasks were accomplished in the two minutes it took to apply the template in the previous exercise, including

  • Adding the Powered by Crystal logo to the report (along with its ToolTip and hyperlink) from the Crystal Repository
  • Adding an image that says Confidential as an underlay to each page of the report
  • Modifying the fonts and positions of all the database fields
  • Showing the Record Selection Formula on the report
  • Adding dashed lines between all items in the Details Section
  • Adding a rounded box around the Record Selection Formula
  • Using a rounded box to show where groups start and end
  • Moving the Field Headings for each data field into the Group Header and formatting them with double lines


One of the more advantageous features of templates is that even if more fields are in the target report's Details section than the template has, it duplicates the data field formatting for those extra fields. It puts them into a separate Detail Section (usually titled Details B) so that they will all appear together but they won't overwrite each other. You can then move the fields around without having to worry about applying the same formatting by hand.

Special Edition Using Crystal Reports 10
Special Edition Using Crystal Reports 10
ISBN: 0789731134
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 341
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