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End-User Report Designer with a Ribbon Toolbar

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This document describes the UI elements of a ribbon-based End-User Report Designer form.

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The Ribbon Report Designer includes the following main elements:

  • Ribbon Control

    Includes core Ribbon tabs called Home, Layout, Page and View for general commands as well contextual tabs that offer commands relating to currently selected report controls. It also allows you to switch between the Design and Preview modes, and open the Scripts editor.

  • MDI Controller

    Provides the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) to the Report Designer and enables opening multiple reports in each Design Panel.

  • Design Panel

    A surface where you can edit a report layout.

The following table describes the Report Designer's dock panels:

Panel Description
Field List Displays the structure of a report's data source and allows you to maintain a report's collection of calculated fields and parameters.
Report Explorer Displays a tree-like hierarchy of report elements and allows you to manage a report's collection of formatting rules and visual styles.
Property Grid Lists all properties available for a selected object (a report or any of its elements).
Report Gallery Stores frequently used report controls, styles, data sources and full report layouts, and allows you to use them across different reports.
Group and Sort Allows you to group and sort data in a report.
Scripts Errors Displays the results of validating report scripts. Clicking an error navigates to a corresponding line in the Scripts editor.
Toolbox Lists all available report controls. You can drag a control from the toolbox and drop it onto a report's surface.

Report Designer also provides a Status Bar displaying information about the element that is currently being hovered by the mouse pointer and tips regarding the current user actions. It also allows you to change a report's zoom factor.