Defining report style borders and shading
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Using the Borders tab of the Report Style Definition you can change the borders and shading of the report.
Each of the seven different sections of the report's page layout can have different background colors and border elements.

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Here's an explanation of the items on the Borders tab:

* To change the color and border characteristics for one section, choose that section's name using the list shown here.  To apply changes to two or more sections simultaneously, use the <Ctrl> key on your keyboard to select multiple sections.  To apply changes to all seven sections, choose the <All sections> item.
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If you do not want one of the four edges or the column headers, you can disable that section of the report.

 

* The background for each section can be a different color.  Use the lightest hues to make subtle and pleasing backgrounds without using a lot of printer ink.

Only shades of gray are available when you select the black and white option.

* Choose which edge or edges of the currently selected section you want to modify, then use the Width, Style, and Edge color items to make your customizations.  To select two or more edges, use the <Ctrl> key on your keyboard.

You'll find the print preview sample window to be a convenient tool when defining edges because the edges of adjacent sections do not overlap, they abut each other.  Try various combinations of edges to find one that works right for you.  Look at how the predefined report styles have been set up for some ideas.

* The width of each edge can be adjusted from 0.25 font points to 4 font points.  0.25 is a hairline edge.  4.0 is a fat edge.
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Choose simple edges or one of the double-line edges.

 

* Use darker colors for edges to make them more visible.

Only shades of gray are available when the black and white option is in effect.

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See the sample at the bottom of the window to get a good idea of what the section will look like.

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See also

   Basic steps for printing specimen reports

   Tips for printing great looking reports

   Choosing a report style

   WYSIWYG print preview

   Defining report style fonts

   Defining report style options

   Defining report style margins

   Graphics in printed reports

   Printing reports

Last reviewed March 25, 2004   

 

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