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ReportPro's Print Preview provides a great way to get a sneak preview of how your report will look when it is printed.  You can use the Print Preview throughout the report creation process to see how changes made to the report will look when they are printed.  To display the Preview window, select the File, Print Preview menu option from ReportPro's main menu.  You can also access the Print Preview via the report work window toolbar by clicking the _bm105 button.




The Print Preview supports both single page and dual page modes.  The figure above shows a dual page preview with both pages displayed in the Full Page zoom mode.  The Print Preview supports three zoom levels and each page can be zoomed independent of the other page.  The three zoom levels are:


Zoom Mode


Full Page

 The page is scaled to fit entirely in the preview window.

Page Width

 The page is scaled so that it is the same width as the preview window (or ½ the preview window width if the preview is in the dual page mode).  Depending on the length of the paper your report is using, vertical scrollbars may appear to allow you to scroll the page vertically.

No Zoom

 In this mode, the page is shown without any scaling.  Here you get the best representation of what the printed output will look like.  Unless you are printing on very small paper, you will not be able to see the entire page.  If necessary, vertical and horizontal scrollbars will appear allowing you to scroll across the page.


To change the zoom mode of a preview page, place the mouse pointer over the desired page and click either the left or right mouse button.  The left mouse button will zoom in (reduce scaling) and the right mouse button will zoom out (increase scaling).


When the preview is in the dual page mode, you also have the option of sizing the preview pages.  To enable this feature, first make sure that the page auto size option is disabled.  The auto size option is disabled when the _bm107 button on the Print Preview toolbar is not pressed.  After verifying that the auto size feature is disabled, click the left mouse button over the preview sizing bar and while holding down the left mouse button, drag the bar to the new position.  When you release the mouse button, the preview pages will resize.


The Preview menu contains options that enable you to view other pages in the report as well as print and export the report.  Many of these options are also available on the preview toolbar.  Each of the available menu options is outlined in the following table.


Menu Option


File, Print

 Closes the preview window and sends the report to the printer.

File, Export

 Closes the preview window and exports the report to one of several popular file formats.

File, Close

 Closes the preview window and returns to the report work window.

Page, First

 Displays the first page of the report.

Page, Previous

 Displays the previous page of the report.

Page, Next

 Displays the next page of the report.

Page, Last

 Displays the last page of the report.

Page, Go to

 Displays a dialog where you can enter a page number that you wish to be displayed in the preview.  If the page is available, the preview will display that page.  Otherwise it will display the last page of the report.

Page, Single Page

 Displays one page in the preview window.

Page, Double Page

 Displays two pages in the preview window.

Page, Auto Size Pages

 Automatically sizes the pages when in the dual page mode.  If the preview is in the dual page mode and this option is not selected, then you can use the sizing bar to adjust the preview page size.

Window, Cascade

 Positions the open windows in a cascaded arrangement.

Window, Tile Vertically

 Positions the open windows in a vertically tiled arrangement.

Window, Tile Horizontally

 Positions the open windows in a horizontally tiled arrangement.

Window, 1-n

 The lower portion of the menu displays a list of the open windows.  You can give focus to a window by selecting it from this list.