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  • Overview
  • Description window of report controls
  • Characteristics by tab
  • Main print parameters of report controls
  • Using the modifier
  • Overview
  • Viewing and/or modifying the characteristics of one or more controls with the modifier
  • Modifying the caption of a control
  • Modifying the name of a control
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Modifying the characteristics of report controls
Overview
The characteristics of one or more controls can be viewed and/or modified in:
  • the description window of this control.
  • the modifier.
The report editor also allows you to:
  • modify the control caption.
  • modify the control name.
Description window of report controls
To display the description window of a control, use one of the following methods:
  • double-click the control (recommended).
  • select "Description" from the popup menu of control (right mouse click).
  • select the control and select "Control .. Description" ([ALT + ENTER] keys).
  • select the control and select "Display .. Description of the selection".
  • select "Report .. Report controls and blocks" ([F12]). Then, select the control and click the "Description" button.
  • double-click the control (recommended).
  • select "Description" from the popup menu of control (right mouse click).
  • select the control and on the "Modification" pane, click the group icon Group icon of the "Fast edit" group ([ALT + ENTREE]).
  • on the "Display" pane, click the group icon Group icon of the "Options" group ([F12]). Then, select the control and click the "Description" button.
Note: The description window can be displayed for a selection of controls. Only the characteristics common to the selected controls will be displayed.

Characteristics by tab

The description window groups the characteristics of selected controls by tab:
TabCharacteristics
GeneralUsed to specify the control name and the display characteristics of control. For example:
  • the control caption (this caption can be multilingual).
  • the type of information displayed in the control (text, numeric, ...).
  • the display mask used for the control (the mask can be multilingual). See Different display masks for more details.
  • the image displayed in an Image control, the type of bar code used in a Bar Code control, the type of chart used in a Chart control, etc. See the online help about this type of control for more details.
DetailsGUIUsed to define:
  • the print parameters of control (visible, breakable, ...). See "Print parameters of report controls" for more details.
  • the size of control.
  • the position of the control in the report and in the block to which the control belongs.
  • Versions 19 and later
    the anchor of control.
    New in version 19
    the anchor of control.
    the anchor of control.
  • the associated group of controls.
  • Versions 19 and later
    the associated plane.
    New in version 19
    the associated plane.
    the associated plane.
LinkUsed to define the item or the variable found in the data source to which the control is linked. The value of this item or variable will be displayed in the control.
To link the control to an item or to a variable that belongs to the data source of report, select this item in the "Linked item" list.
To link the control to an item that does not belong to the data source of report, select "Multi-file" then select the item linked to the current control.
StyleUsed to define:
  • the control style (background color, border, ...).
  • the font used in the control.
Note: The font used in the control can also be defined via the icons found in the "Popup toolbar".
Context-sensitive bar
Note: The font used in the control can also be defined via the icons of "Fast edit" group in the "Modification" pane.
Note: See the online help about the description window ( Context-sensitive help ) for more details.
Versions 22 and later
Note: All the options found in the description window of report editor propose full tooltips, displaying for example, in addition to the help about the option, the corresponding WLanguage property, the availability for each platform, the multilingual values, ...
New in version 22
Note: All the options found in the description window of report editor propose full tooltips, displaying for example, in addition to the help about the option, the corresponding WLanguage property, the availability for each platform, the multilingual values, ...
Note: All the options found in the description window of report editor propose full tooltips, displaying for example, in addition to the help about the option, the corresponding WLanguage property, the availability for each platform, the multilingual values, ...
Main print parameters of report controls
The print parameters of a control are as follows (defined in the "Details" tab of description window):
ParameterDescriptionAvailable for the following controls
VisibleThe control can be displayed or not. This characteristic can be modified by programming with ..Visible.Static, Item, Calculated control, Image, Bar code, RTF control, Preset control, Chart, Shape, Internal Report control
Auto-sizableThe control size defined in the report editor can be enlarged according to the content of the control. The controls that follow the "auto-sizable" control will be moved automatically.
Notes:
  • If a control is not an auto-sizable control, its content can be truncated if the size of the control is too small.
    To find out the height of an auto-sizable control by programming when this control is enlarged, use ..FutureHeight.
  • If a control found in a block is an auto-sizable control, the associated block will automatically be auto-sizable. A block containing auto-sizable controls is auto-sizable. A block containing no auto-sizable control is not auto-sizable.
  • The controls found in a page footer cannot be auto-sizable controls.
Limit: In a Label report, the controls cannot be auto-sizable controls.
Static, Item, Calculated control, Shape, Bar code, Internal Report control
Multi-lineThe content of the control can be displayed over several lines. This characteristic can be modified by programming with ..Multiline.
Notes:
  • The control height must be sufficient to display several lines.
  • To modify the control height by programming, use ..Height.
  • If an orientation angle is applied to a multiline control, the automatic CR characters are ignored. Only the manual CR characters are taken into account.
Static, Item, Calculated control, Preset control
BreakableThe content of a breakable control can be printed over several pages if there is not enough space to print the entire control on a page.
Notes:
  • In order for a control to be a breakable control, the block containing the control must also be breakable.
  • If there is not enough space on the current page to print a non-breakable control, the entire control will be printed on the next page.
Static, Item, Calculated control, Image, Bar code, RTF control, Preset control, Chart, Shape
Reset if zeroThe value of the control is displayed only if the value of the control differs from 0.
If the value of the control is equal to 0, the control displays an empty string ("").
Item, Calculated control
Displayed when the value changesThe value of the control is displayed only if the value of linked item changes when going to the next record in the data source of report.Item, Calculated control
Reset to 0 after printThe control value is automatically reset to 0 once it was printed.
This parameter is often used for the calculations on break.
Calculated control
RTF formatThe control value can be in RTF format.
Reminder: The RTF format is used to take into account the attributes of characters (bold, italic, underline, ...) in a text.
Static, Item, RTF control
Use the shared information at run timeThe control will display the "shared information" of the item linked to the control (and not the subscript corresponding to this "shared information").
For example, the "RAD info" of the "Title" item correspond to the following combo box:
RAD Information
Only the subscripts of "Shared info" are stored in the database.
Item
Horizontal/Vertical gridlinesThe horizontal and/or vertical gridlines can be displayed (or not) in a chart.Chart
Using the modifier

Overview

The modifier is used to view and/or modify from the report editor the main characteristics:
  • of the selected controls.
  • of the selected report or block.
See Modifier for more details.

Viewing and/or modifying the characteristics of one or more controls with the modifier

To view and/or modify the characteristics of one or more controls with the modifier:
  1. Select the controls to modify:
    • in the report directly (see Select one or more controls).
    • via the drop-down list of the modifier. In this case, a single control can be selected at a time. The handles of the selected control are automatically displayed.
      If several controls are selected, only the information common to the selected controls is displayed in the modifier.
  2. Perform the necessary modifications. These modifications are performed on all the controls. You can:
    • select the new value in a drop-down list.
    • select the new value in a screen (color modification for example).
    • modify the value directly.
Modifying the caption of a control
To modify the caption of a control in the report currently created:
  1. Select the control to modify.
  2. Click the control again or press the [Enter] key. The mouse cursor turns into an input cursor.
    Modifying the caption
  3. Type the new caption of control.
  4. Validate the input by pressing the [Enter] key.
Modifying the name of a control
The name of a control can be modified from the status bar of the report editor.
To modify the name of a control:
  1. Select the control to modify.
  2. Enter the new name of the control in the status bar directly.
    Modifying the name of the control
Minimum required version
  • Version 9
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