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Hour 5. Creating and Designing Basic Reports > Creating a Report - Pg. 75

Creating and Designing Basic Reports 75 · Details-- Putting the data on the report that will be needed to calculate and tell the rest of the story. These are the records of the report. · Summaries-- To make the details more useful, summarizing them into the basic facts that the business user is looking for is key. There should be no need to grab a calculator or open up Excel to get the numbers. Subtotals and Summaries in Crystal Reports can handle that for you. Additional Report Components Beyond these features, Crystal Reports offers major benefits that will enhance the report viewing experience for the business end user: · Parameters-- These are rich business user-focused features that will allow the report consumer to make the reports act differently depending on the user's input. For more information on pa- rameters, check out Hour 12, where this is explained further. · Formulas-- Selection formulas, data manipulation, and complex calculations can be handled with formulas. We will look more closely at selection formulas in Hour 12. · Sort Order-- Ascending and descending order are the most common for reporting, but they are not the only options. You could sort based on group contents. For more information on sorting, see Hour 7. · Formatting/Pictures/Hyperlinks/Charts/Maps-- These are the items that really make the report grab the business users' attention of the. The cool visualizations make it presentable and flashy! Now that you know what the requirements are for the sales management report, as well as some high-level features of what Crystal Reports offers, let's begin designing the report. Creating a Report