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Hour 8. Fundamentals of Report Formattin... > Positioning and Sizing Report Object...

Positioning and Sizing Report Objects

After you have completed your functional report design tasks—connecting to the data source, adding report objects, and structuring the report—formatting the various objects on a report is the natural next step in the report design process. As demonstrated in Hour 5, “Creating and Designing Basic Reports,” objects can be added to a report via a variety of methods—dragging and dropping objects from the design explorers or selecting objects from toolbar and menu commands and placing them in the desired locations within the report sections—for quick and intuitive report creation. Upon successfully adding objects to your report, each of the respective objects can be positioned, sized, and formatted for display purposes, as demonstrated in the following exercise.

As a visual example of the difference that report formatting efforts can make, compare the presentation value of the report samples shown in Figures 8.1 and 8.2. These two reports accomplish the same functional tasks, but the report in Figure 8.2 is much more visually appealing.


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