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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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Using Report Templates

Think of a template as the form that everyone in a company must comply to. Templates can house many types of objects. These objects can be applied to a report after the data-intensive portion of the report design is completed. Applying an existing template to a report can save hours or potentially days of mundane formatting tasks.

Some types of tasks that can be accomplished by (but are not limited to) applying a template to a report are as follows:

  • Corporate logos and other images

  • Consistent page numbering formatting

  • Font style/color/typeface for data fields

  • Field border and background formatting

  • Field sizing

  • Group headers and footers formatting

  • Summary field formatting

  • Watermarks

  • Tricky formatting

  • Lines

  • Boxes

  • Repository objects ...

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