Crystal Reports is designed to replace much of the repetitive printing that you may have used a word processor for in the past. Immediate uses include form
To create mailing labels in Crystal Reports, choose the Mail Label Wizard in the Report Gallery when first creating a new report. This
Figure 10-6: Mailing Label Report Creation Wizard
Since there is no similar expert for creating newspaper-style reports, you have to create such reports using the Blank Report option and the Section Expert. Recall from Table 10-1 one of the Section Expert s formatting properties, Format with Multiple Columns. This property is only available for the details section ”it won t even appear in the Section Expert if you have any other section selected. Once you check this property, the Layout tab appears in the Section Expert, as shown in Figure 10-7.
Figure 10-7: Section Expert for multicolumn report
On the Layout tab, you determine the specifics of the columns you want to create. Although you might expect to see a number of columns setting, this is actually determined by page margins (set with File Page Setup), the width of the details section, and the horizontal gap between details. For example, if you have quarter-inch margins with standard letter-size paper in portrait orientation, you ll have 8 full inches of printable space. If you choose a details-
When you choose to format the details section with multiple columns, the Design tab changes slightly. You ll notice that the width of the details section s bottom border shrinks to equal the width you set in the Layout tab. The other sections of the report retain the full width of the page.
The exception to this rule occurs when you check the Format Groups with Multiple Column check box on the Layout tab. In this case, all
Figure 10-8: Report groups formatted without and with multiple columns