To access the Report Style Properties window, press the Ctrl+P key combination or use the Report Style > Modify Properties menu item.
This window has 3 tabs: General, Records Layout and Paper, Printer, Margins.
This tab contains general report style properties.
Group and Sort
This tab allows setting up report sorting and records grouping.
Group records by
This option allows selecting the field by which records will be grouped.
The view of the Record Area in Report Style Editor will change, as it will have additional areas for the group name and for the group sub-total:
To calculate the sub-total for a group, use Formula Editor and functions subMathOp and subRecN.
At printing, this report will look as follows:
If the "Print each group on a new page" check box is selected, in our example we will get two pages instead of one - one for "John Tompson", the other one for "Sid Forest".
Note: activating grouping does not imply that records will be sorted by the selected field. If you don't want to carry out sorting every time before printing, set it up in the report properties (see below).
Sort before printing
When this option is selected, records will be sorted in the order you have indicated. If they were sorted before (for example, by means of a query), the previous sorting order will be lost .
On this tab you can define how the records will be located on the sheet.
With the program you can print columns in two different modes: top to bottom
and from left to right:
Printing from left to right is available only if the records to be printed are of the same vertical size. As a rule, records being printed are of different sizes if the record area comprises elements with the Fit height to text size property.
If you select printing from top to bottom, records may have a different size. Also, if a record does not fit on one page, it will be automatically split into several records (see the picutre).
Top to bottom printing is recommended when you print large texts (for example, letters), or when printing into a table. Left to right printing is preferable for data of a fixed size, for example, business cards or images.
Paper and Printer Tab
On this tab you can select and set up the printer that will be used for printing the current report.
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