The Report Table
The first part of the report consists of the report table. The columns of this table (see screenshot below) represent the container fields and/or loose links that were selected for inclusion in the table. Table rows each hold a record of the container. To edit the structure and content of the table, click the Table editing icon (circled in red in the screenshot below)
You can edit table structure and content as follows:
•Insert columns to the left of the selected column. To append a new column to the right of the rightmost column, click the Append Column icon (which is situated to the right of the rightmost column).
•To delete a column, click its Delete icon.
•To change the field or loose link represented in a column, click the column's Edit icon and select the new field or loose link. There is one important property named Summary, which is described in the sub-section named Summary values immediately below.
•To set a column's display properties, click its Width icon. Column width options are: (i) Default column width, where all columns are equally sized; (ii) Fixed width as percent; (iii) Auto-size the column width based on content, with an optional maximum width. Auto-sized columns are indicated by an A. For columns with fixed widths as percent, and for auto-sized columns with a maximum percent width, the percent width is indicated in the column header. Column padding (left and right) is set with the respective sliders.
•To exit the table editing mode, click the Table editing icon.
It is sometimes useful to have a summary value at the bottom of a column. A summary value applies a calculation to the values of a column and shows the result. For example: the values of a column that is of a number type can be summed up, averaged, scanned for a minimum and/or maximum value; or the values of a column that is of a text datatype can be counted. Summary values are shown: (i) for groups, and (ii) for all records (at the end of the report).
To set up the summary values of a column, click the column's Edit icon, and select the kind of summary value (listed below). The available options depend on the datatype of the respective field (defined in the field's Type property).
•Count: For all datatypes. Counts the number of values in the column.
•Sum: For the number datatype. Sums the values in the column or group.
•Average: For the number datatype. Averages the values in the column or group.
•Minimum: For the number datatype. Scans the values in the column or group for the minimum value.
•Maximum: For the number datatype. Scans the values in the column or group for the maximum value.
|Note:||Summary values can be defined for any and all columns. You can set up more than one summary value for a column—if multiple summary values are available, as is the case with numbers. For example, you could show the sum of all values, or the average.|
Styles in the report table
To set styles for the table, click its Styles icon (inside the red ellipse in the screenshot above). The Styles form for the table looks something like in the screenshot below.
Note the following points:
•A label is the column header. Values are the values of the fields of records. You can set text properties for the label and the value separately, including the text placement.
•If you select the Use global styles check box at the top of the table, then the global styles specified in the app's settings will be used.
•The Apply Globally button applies the current styles to the global setting for all forms. All forms that do not have their own table styles will receive the current styles.
•To exit the styles editing mode, click the Styles icon.
|Note:||After you have finished making structure and style changes to the table, click Save Form and then Save Changes.|
|Note:||If one or more charts have been created, you can choose to show only charts in the report (and hide the table). See the Charts topic for information about this.|