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Chapter 13. Designing Effective Business... > Organizing Controls on the Report

Organizing Controls on the Report

A report that holds just three or four fields doesn't require much in the way of organization. You can more or less just plop the fields onto the report, pretty them up a bit, and then move on. However, it's a rare report that contains so few fields. It's much more common for a report to contain 10, 15, even 20 controls, all vying for the user's attention. Tossing all those controls onto the report willy-nilly is definitely not a good idea: People reading the report for the first time are likely to get confused, and busy users might resent the time it takes to determine what's what.

Proper control organization doesn't imply anything elaborate. It just involves three principles:


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