Now that you've learned the major benefits of Report Templates, apply a template to one of the reports created in Chapter 1, "Creating and Designing Basic Reports." The report (shown in Figure 14.1) as it looked was pretty plain because the focus was on making sure that the data requirements were satisfied. There wasn't a lot of time to play with formatting, so now you are going to apply a template that has some nice grayscale formatting and an underlay applied. These steps walk you through that process:
Figure 14.2. The Template Expert with the Confidential Underlay template chosen.
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Figure 14.3. The target report with the Confidential Underlay template applied.
Figure 14.1. The original report before applying a template
You might have noticed that just about anything you do when designing a report can be undone if you don't like it. This is also true when applying templates. However, the mechanism of accomplishing this is slightly different from all other undo operations. It does not appear in the regular undo list on the Standard toolbar.
If you don't like a template that you've just applied or it doesn't accomplish what you had hoped for, you can undo this action by going back in to the Template Expert. At the bottom of the dialog box, you will find a button that says Undo the Current Template. After selecting it and clicking OK, the template is removed.