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Chapter 15. Preparing Advanced Reports > Creating Reports from Scratch

Creating Reports from Scratch

Access 2000's Report Wizard can create reports that you can use "as is" or modify to suit most of your database reporting requirements. In some cases, however, you might have to create reports that are more complex than or different from those offered by the Report Wizard. For example, you might have to apply special grouping and sorting methods to your reports. Including subreports within your reports requires that you start from a blank report form instead of using the Report Wizard.

To understand fully the process of designing advanced Access reports, you must be familiar with Access functions, which is one of the subjects of Chapter 9, "Understanding Query Operators and Expressions." You also must understand the methods that you use to create and design forms, which are covered in Chapters 12, "Creating and Using Forms," and 13, "Designing Custom Multitable Forms." Reports make extensive use of Access functions such as Sum() and expressions like ="Subtotal of" & [Field Name] & ":". If you skipped Chapters 9, 12, or 13, you might want to refer to the appropriate sections of those chapters whenever you encounter unfamiliar subjects or terminology in this chapter.


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