Crystal Reports enables you to include sophisticated, colorful charts in your reports. Not only is charting a means of presenting data — it is also an analysis tool. Users can drill-down on a chart, or a chart's legend, for detailed information.
You can chart on the following:
- summary and subtotal fields
- detail, formula, and Running Total fields
- Cross-Tab summaries
Note You can chart on OLAP data in other versions of Crystal Reports. Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET does not support OLAP grids.
When you add a chart to your report, you will typically chart on summary and subtotal information at the group level.
To insert a chart
- Right-click in the Report Designer, point to Insert and click Chart.
- In the Type tab, select the Chart Type.
- Select Automatically set chart options if you want the Chart Expert to use default options on the Axes and Options tabs.
- Click the Data tab.
- In the Placement area, specify how often your chart appears on the report, then click Header or Footer to specify where to place your chart.
- In the Layout area, select the Chart Layout.
- In the Data area, specify the database fields you want to use as conditions.
- If the Axes and Options tabs appear, you can customize some of the chart's properties, such as scaling of the axes, the legend, and the data points.
- Click the Text tab. Accept the default title information or add new titles to your chart.
- Click OK.