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Report Designer Table Control

The Table control is designed to arrange information in a tabular layout. It may contain any number of Rows comprised of individual Cells. Both Rows and Cells can be selected and customized individually. In most aspects, a Cell is similar to a Label, but can also contain other controls (e.g. Picture Box or Rich Text).

When a Table is dropped onto a band from the Toolbox, it has one row and three columns. If you click and drag over several bands, the resulting table will be split by the bands into several tables. This creates a table header and the detail table with one mouse move.

When you drag and drop an entire data table from the Field List, a Table with cells bound to the corresponding data fields is created automatically.

A table's elements are managed by using its Context Menu.

1. Appearance

  • Background Colour
    Specifies the background color for the control. This option is also available in the Formatting Toolbar.
  • Borders, Border Colour and Border Width
    Specify border settings for the control.
  • Font
    Specifies the font settings for the control. Some of these settings are available in the Formatting Toolbar.
  • Foreground Colour
    Specifies the text colour for the control. This option is also available in the Formatting Toolbar
  • Formatting Rules
    Invokes the Formatting Rules Editor, allowing you to choose which rules should be applied to the control during report generation, and define the precedence of the applied rules.
  • Padding
    Specifies indent values which are used to render the contents of a Tables cells.
  • Style Priority
    Allows you to define the priority of various style elements (such as background colour, border colour, etc.).
  • Styles
    This property allows you to define odd and even styles for the control, as well as to assign an existing style to the control (or a newly created one).
  • Text Alignment
    Allows you to change the alignment of a Tables text. This option is also available in the Formatting Toolbar.

2. Behavior

  • Anchor Vertically
    Specifies the vertical anchoring style of a Table, so that after page rendering it stays attached to the top control, bottom control, or both.
  • Keep Together
    Specifies whether the contents of a Table can be horizontally split across pages. In other words, if a Table occupies more space than remains on the page, this property specifies whether the Table should be split between the current page and the next, or whether it will be printed entirely on the next page. This property is in effect only when a Table's content does not fit on the current page. If it does not fit on the next page then the Table will be split despite this property's value.
  • Scripts
    This property contains events, which you can handle with the required scripts.
  • Visible
    Specifies whether the control should be visible in print preview.

3. Data

  • Tag
    This property allows you to add some additional information to the control, for example its ID, by which it can then be accessible via scripts.

4. Design

  • Name
    Determines a controls name, by which it can be accessed in the Report Explorer, Property Grid or via scripts.

6. Layout

  • Location
    Specifies the controls location in report measurement units.
  • Size
    Specifies the controls size in report measurement units.
  • Snap Line Margin
    Specifies the margin (in report measurement units), which is to be preserved around the control when it is aligned using Snap Lines, or when other controls are aligned next to it.

7. Navigation

  • Bookmark and Parent Bookmark
    These properties are intended for the creation of a hierarchy structure within a report called a document map. For an explanation and help, refer to Add Bookmarks. If the current report has a data source, the Bookmark property can be bound to a data field obtained from the data source. To do this, expand the (Data Bindings) property and in the Bookmark.Binding drop-down selector, select the required data field.

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