Chapter 9 Custom Formatting Techniques

In this chapter

Introduction 234

Making Presentation-Quality Reports 234

Common Formatting Features 234

Working with ToolTips 235

Lines and Boxes 236

Creating a Vertical Text Watermark 238

Conditional Formatting—Using Data to Drive the Look of a Report 240

Report-to-Report Linking 242

Crystal Reports in the Real World—Advanced Charting 243


This chapter focuses on more complex formatting to make reports look like high-quality information portals rather than simply paper reports. Often a software suite is either powerful or easy to use, but Crystal Reports actually does a great job of being both and can be best described as having layers of complexity. For the beginner, a simple listing report ...

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