Choosing The Source of Report Data

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Each tab in the Standard Report Export prompts you to take a particular action. First, the data asks what type of database you want to use. You can use several types of data for your reports, listed as buttons on the experts. For now use the database button.

To choose a database for your report:

1.In the Standard Report Expert dialog box, click Database. The Data Explorer dialog box opens the Data tab.

2.In the Data Explorer, double-click Database Files to expand that “branch” of the tree (or click the plus sign next to it). The Find Database File option appears.

3.Click the Add button, or double-click Database Files. The Open dialog box appears.

4.In the open dialog box, you may see your basic directory structure (My Computer, Network Neighborhood, and My Briefcase) if the Desktop button on the left is selected. Click the documents button, and you will see the contents of you’re my Documents directory.

Your operating system determines what options you’ll have in the Open dialog box. With Windows NT you have personal directories, and with Office 2000 or Windows 2000 you will also have Web folders.

5.Click extreme, then click Open. The sample database now appears as an item under Database Files. The tables in this show under the name of the database.

6.Select the Customer table and click Add, which adds the table to the Data tab on the Expert. Add the Orders table in the same way.

7.Click Close to exit the database Explorer

If you have only one database file table chosen, the Links tab does not appear. To go to the next tab of the expert, click the tab that you want to go to. You can also click Next at the bottom of the report Expert dialog box.

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