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Special Edition Using® Crystal Reports® 10 by Roger Sanborn, Steve Lucas, Kathryn Hunt, Joe Estes, Michael Voloshko, James Edkins, Bob Coates, Naisan Geula, Ryan Marples, Neil FitzGerald

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Benefits of Cross-Tabs

Cross-tabs deliver data in a familiar spreadsheet format. They also summarize both vertically and horizontally, have a grid format, and can change size depending on the data.

Several of the most compelling reasons for using cross-tabs are

  • Making better use of space

  • Leveraging experience with the spreadsheet format

  • Horizontal expansion

  • Custom formatting

Because cross-tabs are grouped and summarized both vertically and horizontally, they are incredibly efficient at saving space as compared to a typical grouping report. They are very good at showing key information if the information required has at least two levels of grouping.

Let's look at an example: school grades for the end of the year. These need to be grouped by course, ...

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