5 Replies Latest reply on Mar 26, 2009 9:52 AM by Skeyelab

    layout challenges

    Skeyelab

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      layout challenges

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      first of all, thanks to all who have been helping me...

       

      now, i am facing a layout challenge:

       

      My report is an Estate Appraisal Report.  I am getting all info and fields i need into my report, i just have one challenge i dont know how to solve.

       

      Our line items look like:

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      1.   Item Title                                                     $Item Price

            Item Description

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      The problem is that our descriptions can be either non existant, or rather long - depending on the item at hand.  How can I make this field automatically resize to the proper size?  I have the understanding that i should make the field the largest ever possible, and set it to shrink.  If this is the case, should i just make the description field so big that it fills my page?  Then set to shrink?

       

      Is there a better way?  I could attach/include a copy of the desired report they produce in MSWord currently if that helps.

        • 1. Re: layout challenges
          philmodjunk
            

          The slide up, also shrink enclosing part feature will do what you want.

           

          But....

           

          The feature will only be visible in preview mode or when you print the report.

           

          But...

           

          This feature is tricky. If you have multiple fields on your layout, changing the position of a field even 1 pixel may affect whether the fields slide and shrink correctly.

           

          If I have to make major use of the sliding property, I often set up a script to a) preview the report b) pause c) return to browse mode. While paused, the user sees what the report will look like if they print it and has the option of either printing hard copy or just continuing the script to return to browse mode.

          • 2. Re: layout challenges
            Skeyelab
               So do I just make the description box crazy long and set it to shrink?
            • 3. Re: layout challenges
              Skeyelab
                 I should add that this layout is for print only
              • 4. Re: layout challenges
                philmodjunk
                  

                Skeyelab wrote:
                So do I just make the description box crazy long and set it to shrink?

                 

                Yes.

                 

                Check your settings. There are several options and choosing the right ones depend on your layout design. Use preview to see if things are sliding/shrinking correctly.

                 

                 


                • 5. Re: layout challenges
                  Skeyelab
                    

                  thanks - its working great now.

                   

                  ALways a great help Phil