Report and Page Settings

The Page (Report) Setup Dialog

With ActiveReports, page setup in your report can be modified at design time, as well as at run time. The Page Setup dialog can be accessed by selecting Report > Settings... from the toolbar menu.

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From the Page Setup dialog, changes can be made to the report margins (left, right, top and bottom), a gutter can be specified and the Mirror margins option can be selected.

By setting a gutter and selecting Mirror margins, reports can be set up easily for publishing purposes. When Mirror margins is selected, the inner margins in the report are set for opposite pages to be the same width and the outside margins for opposite pages to be the same width. Specifying a gutter gives extra space between the edge of the page and the margins. This allows reports to be bound together.

The Printer Settings Dialog

With ActiveReports, printer settings can be modified at design time, as well as run time. The Print Settings dialog (shown below) can be accessed by selecting Report > Settings... from the toolbar menu and then selecting the Printer Settings option button from the Report Settings dialog box.

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From the Printer Settings dialog, changes can be made to the printer paper size and orientation. A custom paper size can be set by selecting Custom paper size from the Paper size drop down box. Once this option has been selected, the width and height options will allow a specific height and width to be set.

The Printer Settings dialog also lets the user choose the type of collation to use, whether or not the report should be duplexed and the location of the paper source.

The Styles Dialog

With ActiveReports, style sheet settings can be created and/or applied. The Styles dialog (shown below) can be accessed by selecting Report > Settings... from the toolbar menu and then selecting the Styles option button from the Report Settings dialog box.

From the Styles dialog, changes can be made to the appearance of text associated with controls, either by applying an existing style sheet, creating and applying a new style sheet or by modifying and applying an existing style.

The Global Settings Dialog

With ActiveReports, global report settings can be modified at design time. The Global Settings dialog (shown below) can be accessed by selecting Report > Settings... from the toolbar menu and then selecting the Global Settings option button from the Report Settings dialog box.

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From the Global Settings dialog, changes can be made to the design surface, including showing or hiding the grid, setting the controls to align to the grid, setting the number of column or rows on the grid and changing the ruler units to inches or centimeters.

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