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19.12 Exporting to a New Browser Window

Exporting to a New Browser Window

I frequently see people on the forum asking how to export reports to a new browser window. This keeps the report output separate from your web application’s browser. The reason that this is important is because users have a tendency to close the browser window when finished reading a report. They don’t click the Back button to go to the previous page that launched the report. If you have the report in the same browser window as your application, this will close your application and the user has to start over again.

Printing a report in a new browser window is actually a function of .NET and not Crystal Reports. It requires knowing how to build the web page in such a way that the report links will open a new browser window. Nonetheless, we’ll look at how to modify your web application to use this functionality with your reports.

.NET has two methods of opening a report in a new browser window. Both methods are easy to use. The first method uses a Hyperlink control. Simply put the hyperlink control on your web form and set the following two properties:

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