Creating a New Report

Earlier we looked at how to create a report using the report experts. Although they provide an easy way to get started, you will sometimes want to create your own reports from scratch. To create a new report from scratch, open or create a new project, select Project ^ Add New Item, and select Crystal Report from the list of available templates. Enter "regionalsales.rpt" in the name field and click Open to insert the new report into your application. Just like with the report we created from the expert, a separate tab will appear for the report, and the Crystal Report Gallery will open, as shown in Figure 3-1.

Figure 3-1

Select the option to create your report "As a Blank Report" and click OK to open the integrated Report Designer and start building your report, piece by piece.

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