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End-User Report Designer with a Ribbon Toolbar

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The Ribbon Report Designer includes the following elements:

1. Ribbon
Contains the main tabs: Home, Layout, Page, and View, and contextual tabs specific to the currently selected report control. The Ribbon control allows you to switch between Designer and Preview, and open the Scripts editor.
2. Design Surface
An area where you can add report controls and edit a report layout.
3. Toolbox
Lists all available report controls. You can drag a control from the toolbox and drop it onto a report design surface.
4. Report Explorer
Displays a tree-like hierarchy of report elements, data sources, and other components, and allows you to manage a collection of visual styles.
5. Field List
Displays the data source schema and allows you to manage calculated fields and parameters.
6. Report Gallery
Allows you to store and reuse report controls, styles, data sources, and entire report layouts.
7. Properties Window
Allows you to view and modify report settings and report element properties.
8. Group and Sort Panel
Allows you to group and sort data in a report.
9. Report Design Analyzer
Displays errors, warnings, and information messages that help users create or enhance a report layout.
10. Status Bar
Displays information about the selected report element. Contains a bell icon that displays the error count. Double-click this icon to invoke the Report Design Analyzer. The Status Bar contains a slider to change the zoom factor for the design surface.