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Hour 17. Power Report Techniques > Control Properties and Why to Use Them

Control Properties and Why to Use Them

Just as reports have properties, so do controls. You can change most control properties at design time or at runtime; this allows you to easily build flexibility into reports. For example, certain controls are visible only when specific conditions are true. The following sections discuss the Format properties of a control and the Data and Other properties of a control.

The Format Properties of a Control

The Format properties of a control allow you to customize the appearance of the control. By using the Format properties, you can modify control attributes such as the back color, font, special effect, and text alignment of the control. You can modify many of the Format properties of selected objects by using the Formatting toolbar (see Figure 17.2). If you prefer, you can set the Format properties in the Properties window (see Figure 17.3). The following sections discuss the Format properties that are available.


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