Understanding Crystal Reports Default Options


Concept


Steps:

  1. In Crystal Reports, select File, Options to access the Options dialog box, where you can set default options.

    Step 1
  2. Use the Options dialog box to set initial data values, format characteristics, data source locations, and other elements of the report at the time users create reports.

    Step 2
  3. Note that:

    •  Use the Options dialog box to change the default values for the program.

    •  Use the Report Options dialog box to change the options for the current report.

    Step 3
  4. Use the Layout tab in the Options dialog box to:

    •  View the default settings for reports.

    •  Define how the application windows look and behave.

    Step 4
  5. Use the Database tab in the Options dialog box to set default database options that apply to structures and data.

    Step 5
  6. Use the Editors tab in the Options dialog box to configure format options for the text you create in editors, such as the Formula Editor and the SQL Expression Editor.

    Step 6
  7. Use the Data Source Defaults tab in the Options dialog box to set the default folder when you navigate the directory for database files.

    Step 7
  8. Use the Reporting tab in the Options dialog box to:

    •  Place a regulator on data selection.

    •  Set the date and time strings.

    •  Specify whether data will be saved with the report.

    Step 8
  9. Use the Fields tab in the Options dialog box to set the default format for String, Number, Currency, Date, Time, Date and Time, and Boolean field objects.

    Step 9
  10. Use the Fonts tab in the Options dialog box to:

    •  Globally change font settings in the reports.

    •  Control data field and text field fonts according to the section in which the fields are located.

    •  Preset some rather fancy reports.

    Step 10
  11. Use the Smart Tag tab in the Options dialog box to define the web server and the viewing page that you want to use when you select Office XP smart tags for Crystal report objects.

    Step 11

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