Formatting Text Boxes



  1. The Admissions report is displayed. First, you are going to format the report title.


    Click in the Report Title field.

    Step 1
  2. You want to change the font style and size for the title. Many of the formatting options can be applied using either the Format menu or the toolbar buttons.


    Click the Format menu.

    Step 2
  3. Click the Format Field... menu.

    Step 3
  4. You use the Common tab to align and rotate the field. You do not need these options for this example.

    Step 4
  5. Click the Font tab.

    Step 5
  6. You use the Font tab to change the font type, style, size, color, and effects. For this example, you want to change the style to Bold.


    Click the Style list.

    Step 6
  7. Click the Bold list item.

    Step 7
  8. Next, you want to change the font size to 14.


    Click the Size list.

    Step 8
  9. Click the 14 list item.

    Step 9
  10. Click the OK button.

    Step 10
  11. Notice that the title has been modified.

    Step 11
  12. Next, you want to make the column headings on the report bold and one size larger. You will use toolbar buttons to do this.


    Click in the Prog_Actn field.

    Step 12
  13. Click the Bold button.

    Step 13
  14. Click the Increase Font Size button.

    Step 14
  15. For the purpose of this exercise, all the other column headings will be updated for you to avoid repetition.

    Step 15
  16. You next want to format the Report Date text box by applying bold, italics, and an 11 point size.


    Click in the Report Date field.

    Step 16
  17. You will use the Format Editor dialog box to accomplish this task.


    Click the Format button.

    Step 17
  18. Click the Font tab.

    Step 18
  19. Click the Style list.

    Step 19
  20. Click the Bold Italic list item.

    Step 20
  21. Click the Size list.

    Step 21
  22. Click the 11 list item.

    Step 22
  23. Click the OK button.

    Step 23
  24. Next, you want to format the date field.


    Click in the Data Date field.

    Step 24
  25. Click the Format button.

    Step 25
  26. You use the Date tab to select the format for the date. You can select one of the displayed options or customize the format. A sample of what the date will look like is displayed at the bottom of the tab. For this example, you want to keep the System Default Short Format.


    Click the OK button.

    Step 26
  27. You are not changing the number format of the date field, but you want to add bold to the field.


    Click the Bold button.

    Step 27
  28. Next, you want to format the Page Number field.


    Click in the Page Number field.

    Step 28
  29. Click the Format button.

    Step 29
  30. You use the Number tab to select a format for a number. You can select one of the displayed options or customize the format. For this example, you want to use the System Default Number Format.


    Click the System Default Number Format list item.

    Step 30
  31. Click the OK button.

    Step 31
  32. Next, view the results.


    Click the Refresh button.

    Step 32
  33. Notice the formatting applied to the Report Title, Report Date, and Data Date fields.

    Step 33
  34. You need to scroll down to view the Page Number field.


    Click the vertical scrollbar.

    Step 34
  35. Notice the formatting applied to the Page Number field.

    Step 35

You have successfully formatted text boxes on a Crystal report.

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