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The work window menu is displayed after you have opened or created a report.  This menu contains the options necessary to create spectacular reports.




Each of the menu options is identified below.




The work window File menu is very similar to the shell window File menu.  It contains the options necessary to create, open and save a report, but it also contains options to configure and print the report.


Menu Option


New, Standard Report

 Creates a standard report.

New, Label Report

 Creates a columnar or label report.

New, Cross-Tab Report

 Creates a cross-tab report.

New, Standard Report Wizard

 Launches the standard report wizard.

New, Label Wizard

 Launches the label report wizard.

New, Cross-Tab Wizard

 Launches the cross-tab report wizard.


 Opens an existing ReportPro report.


 Saves the opened report.

Save As

 Saves the open report with a different name.


 Closes the report.

Properties, Report

 Displays a dialog to allow you to specify options specific to the report.

Properties, ReportPro

 Displays the ReportPro Setup dialog where you can specify options that affect how ReportPro operates.

Properties, Printer

 Displays the printer's setup dialog where you configure the printer.


 Sends the report to the printer.

Print Preview

 Sends the report to the print preview.

Print Export

 Exports the report to an alternate file format.

Recent Files

 Quickly access the most recently used reports.


 Terminates ReportPro.




ReportPro provides a wealth of editing features to aid in the development of reports.  This section focuses on the Edit menu option and the features available in the Edit pull-down menu.  


You will notice that some of these options are not always available.  The availability of the editing features depends on the status of objects in the work window.  For example, the Copy option is not available if there are no selected objects in the work window, and the Paste command is not available if there are no objects in the clipboard.


The following table identifies each editing command.


Menu Option



 Undoes the last editing action.


 Deletes the selected report objects and places them in ReportPro's clipboard.  The Cut objects can later be Pasted into one of ReportPro's work windows.


 Copies the selected report objects (without deleting them) into ReportPro's clipboard.  These Copied objects can later be Pasted into one of ReportPro's work windows.


 Pastes objects that were either Cut or Copied into the current work window.


 Deletes the selected objects without placing them in ReportPro's clipboard.

Bring to Front

 Brings the selected objects to the front of the Z-order.  The Z-order determines which objects lie on top of other objects.  An object "in front" will lie on top of all other objects in the same band.

Send to Back

 Sends the selected objects to the back of the Z-order.  A "sent to back" object will lie behind all other objects in the same band.

Center Objects

 Centers the selected objects horizontally in the report.  Note that when more than one object is selected the rectangle that bounds all of the selected objects is centered, and the position of each object is adjusted relative to the movement of the bounding rectangle.

Select All

 Selects all objects in the current work window.

Set Font

 Sets the font for all selected objects.  For example, if you wish to change the font of all field and text objects on a report, you would click the Select All menu option and then click the Set Font option.





This menu option displays the Section Configuration dialog window where you can add sections to the report as well as configure your data source(s).  This dialog is discussed in detail in a later section.




When selected, the Order menu option displays the Sort Order dialog that allows you to specify the sort order for the currently displayed section.




This menu option displays the Grouping dialog where you specify how data should be grouped in the current section.




The filter menu option displays ReportPro's expression builder where you specify a filter that restricts the data that is printed by the current section.




This menu option allows you to select the tools necessary to create a report.  Each of the key menu options is identified below.


Menu Option


Drawing Tools

 Displays another menu listing ReportPro's drawing tools.


 Toggles the display of the design grid.  The resolution of the design grid is set using the Report Setup dialog window and works in conjunction with the Snap To Grid feature (having the design grid displayed does not necessarily mean that your drawing will snap to it).


 Toggles the snap to grid feature of the design grid.  When ON all drawing will snap to the resolution of the design grid.  

Proof Mode

 Toggles the proof mode.  When a report is in the proof mode, object shadows are displayed in the work window.  Otherwise they are hidden.

Field Wizard

 Displays the Field Wizard.

Object Inspector

 Displays the Object Inspector.




When selected this menu option displays the Variables dialog where you can define variables.




This menu option is provided to allow you to easily arrange and select open reports.


Menu Option



 Positions the open reports in a cascaded arrangement.

Tile Vertically

 Positions the open reports in a vertically tiled arrangement.

Tile Horizontally

 Positions the open reports in a horizontally tiled arrangement.

1 - N (open reports)

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




The Help menu allows you to access ReportPro's help system.  The help system provides detailed information about ReportPro.


Menu Option



 Displays the ReportPro help file index.

Using Help

 Displays help on how to use the windows help system.


 Displays the ReportPro About dialog.


Also See:


Menu System

Shell Menu

Pop-up Menus