Report Builder Window (Design Mode) (Report Builder 1.0)
Use the Report Builder window in design mode to design, manipulate data within, and preview your reports. In Design mode, the Report Builder window is divided into several areas: the Explorer pane, the design area, and the Report Layout pane.
In Design mode, you can:
Explore the data available to you.
Select the fields you want to display in your report.
Drag and drop fields into the report.
Position selected fields within the report.
Sort and group the data in the report.
Preview the results.
Adjust the size of the rows and columns within the report.
Format all items within the report.
Use the Explorer pane to view the selected data source's available entities and folders, and their associated fields, and to select the fields and entities that you want to add to your report.
The Explorer pane is divided into two sections. When you start your report, the top section lists all the entities and folders within the data source. When an item in the top section is selected, the bottom section lists all the fields associated with that item. When you drag and drop a field from an entity on to the design area, the top section changes and now displays only the information related to that entity.
While working on your report, you might want to close the Explorer pane to free up space within the Report Builder window. To close the Explorer pane, click the Close button on the Explorer Pane toolbar. To view the Explorer pane again, on the View menu, select Explorer. To resize the explorer pane, drag the right border of the pane.
Explorer Pane Options
When dragging and dropping a field, an I-bar is displayed in the location where the field will be inserted. Horizontal and vertical page breaks are displayed as a thin dashed line. The default size of the design area is 8.5 X 11 inches and the orientation is Portrait. By default, rulers are displayed and snap-to-grid is turned on.
While working in the design area, your data is represented using sample values such as "xxxxx", 0.0, or 1/1/2005. To see the actual data in your report design, you need to render the report by clicking Run Report. Your report is run and displayed in the view area. To return to the design area, click Design Report.