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Positioning of Report Style Elements

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Positioning of Report Style Elements

The element location is defined on two tabs: Position and Margins.


This tab is used to set the element behavior when the size of its contents changes, as well as the element positioning:

  • Bring To Front, Send To Back - defines whether the element overlaps the other ones or other elements overlap it.
  • Auto-size Width/Height - if this check box is selected, the element will be resized automatically when the size of its contents changes.
  • Snap Horizontal/Vertical Position to... - makes the distance between the two elements constant, regardless of any changes in their sizes.
  • Absolute position on a page... - defines the precise position of the element when it's printed out. The position is measured from the top left corner of the sheet. The position will be fixed and won't change depending of the number of records, the size of the print area, etc. The position of an element on paper doesn't depend on its position in the area when you edit the report.

The following figure shows an example of the area with the Auto-size and Snap Position to... properties.

Below is the printout view of the area:

In this example, the Item Name and Location elements change their sizes automatically, the is located field is docked to the Item Name field, whereas the Location field is docked to the is located field. The following figure displays the same area without docking:

Obviously, is located does not change its position and overlaps the titles in three cases. If we disable the auto-size feature, the text will be cut off according to the element length:

The same rules are applied when setting the vertical position and the size of the element.


This tab allows the user to set up margins for the element text. For example, this picture shows an element with the following margins:

  • Top: 0.5 cm
  • Bottom: 0.5 cm
  • Left: 1 cm
  • Right: 1 cm

All topics in the "Report Style Editor" section: