Monday, December 18

Using The Group Tree

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Use the Group Tree’ as a navigation tool for quickly jumping to a particular section of a report. The Group Tree appears on the left side of the Preview tab and is enabled by default.

The Group Tree lists each group on your report. If you have more than one level of grouping on a report, each group has a plus sign next to it. Click the plus sign to expand the next level of grouping in the tree.

You can turn the Group Tree on and off with a toolbar button so that you view it on the Preview tab only when you need it. Note, however, that hiding the Group Tree doesn’t actually disable it since it takes time to create the Group.

Tree (whether you view it or not), you can disable it. Go to the Layout tab of the File, Options dialog box and clear the Create Group Tree check box.

The Group Tree is an excellent navigation tool for moving through your re­port. Since it lists all the groups on your report, you can check that the groups you expect arc present without having to go page by page through a report. Also, you can navigate to the beginning of a certain group by clicking that group’s name in the Group Tree, instead of scrolling page by page.

Adding Totals to Reports

Creating summaries in Seagate Crystal Reports can be as easy as clicking your mouse of as complex as writing your own formulas. This section will coyer inserting the various summary functions that SCR makes directly available. Keep in mind, however, that if SCR doesn’t offer the specific summary function you need (not likely, as it has almost 20 of them—but you never know), you can always write a formula to do the summarization you want.

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