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The Detail band is the central part of a report. Unlike other bands, it cannot be deleted - the present report structure includes the Detail band in its core. In a data-bound report, the contents of the Detail band are repeated for every data entry (e.g. if you're building a report listing, say, products, it will be rendered for each product in the database). And, if static data is also present in the Detail band, in the resulting report, it is repeated with each new entry.

In the Property Grid, the Detail Band's properties are divided into the following groups:

1. Appearance

  • Background Colour
    Specifies the background colour for the controls contained within the band. This option is also available in the Formatting Toolbar
  • Borders, Border Colour and Border Width 
    Specify border settings for the controls contained within the band.
  • Font
    Specifies the font settings for the controls contained within the band. Some of these settings are available in the Formatting Toolbar.
  • Foreground Colour
    Specifies the text colour for the controls contained within the band. 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 band during report generation, and define the precedence of the applied rules.
  • Padding 
    Specifies indent values which are used to render the contents of the controls contained within the band.
  • 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 controls contained within the band, as well as to assign an existing style to them (or a newly created one).
  • Text Alignment
    Allows you to change the text alignment of the controls contained within the band. This option is also available in the Formatting Toolbar.

2. Behavior

  • Keep Together
    As stated above, the detail band is printed repeatedly for every data entry. When the Keep Together option is on, the report engine tries to keep sequential detail band entries together. This option makes sense only when data is grouped or you're working with a master-detail report. In this case, the report engine tries to keep group contents on one page. If a group doesn't fit and it starts somewhere in the middle of a page, the report moves this group to a new page, thus trying to reduce the number of page breaks in continuous data.
  • Multi-Column Options/strong
    This property allows you to arrange the printout of the bands content in several columns.
  • Page Break
    Use this property if the current report design requires that the detail section should be separated from previous sections or follow-ups. Specify the Before the Band or After the Band values to insert a page break before or after the current band. In many cases, this property may be used instead of the Page Break control.
  • Scripts
    This property contains events, which you can handle by the required scripts.
  • Visible
    Specifies whether the band should be visible in print preview.

3. Data

  • Sort Fields
    Invokes the Group Field Collection Editor, which enables you to specify the fields for sorting the records within the band, the sorting order (Ascending/Descending) for each field and the order sequence.
  • Tag
    This property allows you to add some additional information to the band; for example its id, by which it can then be accessible via scripts.

4. Design

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

5. Layout

  • Height
    Specifies the band's height, in report measurement units.
  • Snap Line Padding
    Specifies the padding (in report measurement units), which is to be preserved within the band when controls it contains are aligned using Snap Lines.

6. Misc

  • When this option is on, the Detail Band will be always printed on the same page together with its child Detail Report Band, or multiple bands.

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