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4. Presentation > 37. Shade Alternating Lines on a Report

Shade Alternating Lines on a Report

Go for the readability factor. Use alternating shaded lines to make a more pleasing presentation.

A quick way to make reports easier to read is to shade every other line. Although no direct property or method provides this feature, you can achieve the look with a little planning. To accomplish this, use an unbound text box to keep an incremental value. As line items are processed, the incrementing value toggles between even and odd. You can then use this toggle’s values to your advantage.

The background color property of the report’s details section is changed, depending on the value of the incremental running sum. When the value is odd, one color is applied. When the value is even, another color is applied.


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