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Hour 9. Working with Report Sections > Formatting Report Sections

Formatting Report Sections

In Hour 2, “Getting Started with Crystal Reports 9,” you were introduced to the concept of report sections. Report sections segment reports into logical areas to facilitate more intuitive report design. Report sections are identified by name on the left side of the design environment, and, by default, each report will include a Report Header and Footer, Page Header and Footer, and Details section. If you have inserted any groups into your report, you will also have a Group Header and Footer for each defined group item. As you have been creating reports in the previous hours, you have placed objects such as database fields, text fields, and corporate logo images into the various sections and organized the objects based on your report design requirements.

Each section has unique properties and printing characteristics that you can modify. For example, if a report object, such as an image, is placed in the Report Header section, the image will display and print only once per report, on the first page. If the same image is placed in the Page Header section, the image will then display and print once per page. The same holds true for custom sections, such as Groups. The Detail Section, however, implies that whatever is placed in this section will display, and print, once for each and every row retrieved from the data source.


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