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8.10 Custom Report Templates

Creating Custom Report Templates

Being able to use existing reports as a template is a nice feature. But you can take this one step further by creating report templates from scratch. Custom templates are more flexible because the fields can be formatted to account for any data type.

Creating a report template is very similar to creating any other report. The difference being that you want to do so in such a way that is generic so that it can be used with a variety of other reports. Crystal Reports has a new report object used just for custom templates: the Template Field Object. It is a generic object which isn’t associated with a specific data type. This object can be used to map any type of field and apply the applicable formatting. Add it to your report by selecting the menu items Insert > Template Field Object. Drop the template object on the report and repeat as necessary for all the possible fields. Format the fields using the Format Editor dialog box.



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