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Report.Circle Method (Access)

The Circle method draws a circle, an ellipse, or an arc on a Report object when the Print event occurs.

expression.Circle(Step(x, y), radius, color, start, end, aspect)

Parameters

Step A keyword that indicates that the center of the circle, ellipse, or arc is relative to the current coordinates given by the current settings for the CurrentX < and CurrentY properties of the object argument.

X, Y Single values indicating the coordinates of the center point of the circle, ellipse, or arc. The Scale properties (ScaleMode, ScaleLeft, ScaleTop, ScaleHeight, and ScaleWidth) of the Report object specified by the object argument determine the unit of measure used.

Radiums A Single value indicating the radius of the circle, ellipse, or arc. The Scale properties (ScaleMode, ScaleLeft, ScaleTop, ScaleHeight, and ScaleWidth) of the Report object specified by the object argument determine the unit of measure used. By default, distances are measured in twips.

Color A Long value indicating the RGB (red-green-blue) color of the circle outline. If this argument is omitted, the value of the ForeColor property is used. You can also use the RGB function or QBColor function to specify the color.

Start Single. When a partial circle or ellipse is drawn, the start argument specifies (in radians) the beginning position of the arc. The default value for the start argument is 0 radians. The range is –2 pi radians to 2 pi radians.End Single. When a partial circle or ellipse is drawn, the end argument specifies (in radians) the end position of the arc. The default value for the end argument is 2 pi radians. The range is –2 pi radians to 2 pi radians.

aspect A Single value indicating the aspect ratio of the circle. The default value is 1.0, which yields a perfect (nonelliptical) circle on any screen.

You can use this method only in an event procedure or a macro specified by the event properties for a report section, or the OnPage event property for a report.

When drawing a partial circle or ellipse, if the start argument is negative, the Circle method draws a radius to the position specified by the start argument and treats the angle as positive. If the end argument is negative, the Circle method draws a radius to the position specified by the end argument and again treats the angle as positive. The Circle method always draws in a counterclockwise (positive) direction.

To fill a circle, set the FillColor and FillStyle properties of the report. Only a closed figure can be filled. Closed figures include circles, ellipses, and pie slices, which are arcs with radius lines drawn at both ends.

When drawing pie slices, if you need to draw a radius to angle 0 to form a horizontal line segment to the right, specify a very small negative value for the start argument rather than 0. For example, you might specify –.00000001 for the start argument.

You can omit an argument in the middle of the syntax, but you must include the argument's comma before including the next argument. If you omit a trailing argument, don't use any commas following the last argument you specify.

The width of the line used to draw the circle, ellipse, or arc depends on the DrawWidth property setting. The way the circle is drawn on the background depends on the settings of the DrawMode and DrawStyle properties.

When you apply the Circle method, the CurrentX and CurrentY properties are set to the center point specified by the x and y arguments.

The following example uses the Circle method to draw a circle, and then create a pie slice within the circle and color it red.

To try this example in Microsoft Access, create a new report. Set the OnPrint property of the Detail section to [Event Procedure]. Enter the following code in the report's module, then switch to Print Preview.

Private Sub Detail_Print(Cancel As Integer, PrintCount As Integer) 
    Const conPI = 3.14159265359 
    Dim sngHCtr As Single, sngVCtr As Single 
    Dim sngRadius As Single 
    Dim sngStart As Single, sngEnd As Single 
 
    sngHCtr = Me.ScaleWidth / 2     ' Horizontal center. 
    sngVCtr = Me.ScaleHeight / 2     ' Vertical center. 
    sngRadius = Me.ScaleHeight / 3     ' Circle radius. 
    ' Draw circle. 
    Me.Circle(sngHCtr, sngVCtr), sngRadius 
    sngStart = -0.00000001             ' Start of pie slice. 
    sngEnd = -2 * conPI / 3             ' End of pie slice. 
    Me.FillColor = RGB(255,0,0)     ' Color pie slice red. 
    Me.FillStyle = 0                     ' Fill pie slice. 
    ' Draw pie slice within circle. 
    Me.Circle(sngHCtr, sngVCtr), sngRadius, , sngStart, sngEnd 
End Sub
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