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Hour 4. Using the Default Report Wizards > Working with the Report Design Explo...

Working with the Report Design Explorers

In addition to the report creation wizards, Crystal Reports 9 includes several report design explorers intended to streamline the report design process. The design explorers are not directly related to the report creation wizards, though they are complementary application tools that can greatly enhance a report designer's efficiency while working with reports. Report design explorers are included here because they are important application components, and they are design tools you will use in building reports throughout the remainder of the book.

The report design explorers are dialog windows that display various objects relevant to the report in a hierarchical tree view to facilitate quick access to and formatting of each respective object and its properties. The explorers allow report designers to easily locate and navigate to specific report objects, such as the report header or a corporate logo image, in order to customize the object for design purposes. All the objects included in a report (report sections, groups, database fields, formulas, parameters, images, charts, and so on) are organized and displayed within one of the design explorers. The concept of design explorers is new to Crystal Reports 9, and it includes three distinct explorers:


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