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  • Overview
  • Proposing several print modes during the report test
  • View
  • Show the name of controls
  • Show the report margins
  • Showing the content of data files
  • Showing the useful page
  • Display the name of blocks (in full or abbreviated)
  • Display the language associated with each font
  • Showing the controls and the blocks via a border
  • Measurement unit
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Overview
The report editor allows you to:
These features apply to:
  • the current report only,
  • the next opening of reports only.
Most of these features are accessible:
  • from the "Display" pane,
  • from the window for managing the edit options of report editor. To display this window, on the "Display" pane, click the dialog box launcher ( Regrouping ) of the "Options" group.
Proposing several print modes during the report test
During the report test, the report editor proposes several print modes:
Choose print mode
See Print modes of a report for more details.
To avoid displaying this window, simply check "Do not show again". In this case, the tested report will be viewed in a print preview.
Remark: You can show this window again. See Do not show a message again for more details.
View

Show the name of controls

To show or hide the names of the controls in the report editor, on the "Display" pane, in the "Viewing" group, check "Names of controls" (or press F6).
For example:
Name of controls
Another solution:
  1. On the "Display" pane, click the dialog box launcher Regrouping of the "Options" group.
  2. Display the "Display" tab if necessary.
  3. In the "Name of controls" option, select:
    • "Display" to display the name of controls,
    • "Disabled" to display nothing.

Show the report margins

The margins of reports can be:
  • visible.
Visible margins
  • invisible.
Invisible margins
To change this display in the current report, under the "Display" pane, in the "Viewing" group, check or uncheck the "Logical margins" option (shortcut key F11).
Another solution:
  1. On the "Display" pane, click the dialog box launcher Regrouping of the "Options" group.
  2. Display the "Display" tab if necessary.
  3. In the "Report margins" option, select "Show margins" or "Don't show margins".

Showing the content of data files

The report editor allows you to show the content of data files in the controls of a report currently created. This feature allows you to configure the size of a control according to the data that can be displayed in the control.
This feature is called "Live Data". See Live Data for more details.

Showing the useful page

The report editor is used to display the current report as it will be when it is printed:
  • the report margins are invisible,
  • the names of report blocks are abbreviated when displayed.
To preview a report as it will be printed, press F5.
Display the name of blocks (in full or abbreviated)
The name of the blocks is displayed on the left of reports. These names can be displayed:
  • in full.
Full names of blocks
  • in short.
Abbreviated names of blocks
To change this display in the current report, under the "Display" pane, in the "Viewing" group, check or uncheck the "Full name of blocks" option (shortcut key F10).
Another solution:
  1. On the "Display" pane, click the dialog box launcher Regrouping of the "Options" group.
  2. Display the "Display" tab if necessary.
  3. In "Show names of blocks", select "Entirely" or "Partly".
Display the language associated with each font
To modify the font in the report controls, you must use:
  • The "Font" combo box in the "Style" tab of the control description.
  • The "Font" combo box in the popup bar of the report editor.
By default, only the names of the fonts installed on the development computer are displayed in the "Font" combo box.
In Windows, the same font can be associated with several groups of languages. To fill each font name with the associated language:
  1. On the "Display" pane, click the dialog box launcher Regrouping of the "Options" group.
  2. Display the "Controls" tab if necessary.
  3. Check "Display all available languages".
For example:
List of fonts
Remark: This option will be taken into account during the next report opening.
Showing the controls and the blocks via a border
The report editor allows you to quickly view all the controls and blocks found in the current report.
You can:
  • frame the controls and blocks with a simple line. This line appears in edit mode only. This line is not visible at run time.
    This border is used to easily view the area occupied by the controls and blocks found in a report (especially for the image controls).
  • Versions 16 and later
    show the corners of the controls and blocks. This view mode, lighter than a line, allows you to quickly view the different areas.
    New in version 16
    show the corners of the controls and blocks. This view mode, lighter than a line, allows you to quickly view the different areas.
    show the corners of the controls and blocks. This view mode, lighter than a line, allows you to quickly view the different areas.
  • use no specific view mode.
To change the display mode in the current report, under the "Display" pane, in the "Viewing" group, select the desired display mode:
  • Corners
  • Full border
  • None
The F7 key is used to dynamically modify the display mode.
Another solution:
  1. On the "Modification" pane, click the dialog box launcher Regrouping of the "Options" group.
  2. Display the "Display" tab if necessary.
  3. In "Framing of controls", select "None", "Corners only" or "Full border".
Measurement unit
Versions 19 and later
The measurement unit used in the report editor can be the millimeters or the inches.
To choose the measurement unit used in the report editor:
  1. On the "Display" pane, click the dialog box launcher Regrouping of the "Options" group.
  2. Open the "Preferences" tab if necessary.
  3. In the "Measurement unit" section, select the unit that will be used in display: millimeters or inches.
  4. Validate. The selected measurement unit will be used for the next reports opened in the report editor.
New in version 19
The measurement unit used in the report editor can be the millimeters or the inches.
To choose the measurement unit used in the report editor:
  1. On the "Display" pane, click the dialog box launcher Regrouping of the "Options" group.
  2. Open the "Preferences" tab if necessary.
  3. In the "Measurement unit" section, select the unit that will be used in display: millimeters or inches.
  4. Validate. The selected measurement unit will be used for the next reports opened in the report editor.
The measurement unit used in the report editor can be the millimeters or the inches.
To choose the measurement unit used in the report editor:
  1. On the "Display" pane, click the dialog box launcher Regrouping of the "Options" group.
  2. Open the "Preferences" tab if necessary.
  3. In the "Measurement unit" section, select the unit that will be used in display: millimeters or inches.
  4. Validate. The selected measurement unit will be used for the next reports opened in the report editor.
Minimum version required
  • Version 9
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