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Hour 6. Selecting and Grouping Data > Understanding Field Objects

Understanding Field Objects

As described in a previous hour, the Field Explorer displays a tree view of data fields in your report. It shows database fields, formula fields, SQL expression fields, parameter fields, running total fields, group name fields, and special system fields that you have defined for use in your report. In this hour, you will be introduced to all the standard field types available in Crystal Reports.

To activate the Field Explorer, either select it from the View menu or click on the Field Explorer button in the Crystal Reports Standard toolbar. Figure 6.1 shows the sample Crystal Report created in the last hour with the Field Explorer activated and docked on the left side of the screen. As previously mentioned, this can be docked on either side of the designer or at the bottom the screen. Alternatively the Field Explorer can freely float over any part of the design window by simply dragging and dropping it.


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