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Part: III Formatting Reports > Fundamentals of Report Formatting

Hour 8. Fundamentals of Report Formatting

So far, you have spent the majority of your time reviewing the various functions of the Crystal Reports design application. Equally important, however, is the form (or format) of the report, especially when a report is used as a corporate or industry standard document such as an income statement or balance sheet. This hour focuses on form over function and discusses the mechanisms required to incorporate a myriad of formatting techniques.

You have already reviewed the Crystal Reports 9 report development environment and learned about creating a report from a blank canvas, as well as how to select, group, filter, sort, and summarize your report data—so we will now move on to the more aesthetic report design techniques. Working with report formatting and object properties to create professionally designed reports is very straightforward, but it requires some familiarity with various features of the design application environment. This hour reviews the most commonly used object formatting techniques—fonts, borders, page and margin properties, and object layering—as well as provide a tutorial to apply these techniques to a sample report.


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