Using Advanced Section Formatting

Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Manipulate section layout using underlay

Section Underlay

Advanced section formatting using underlay.

Usually when you place an object in a section the object prints in the section where it's placed. When you use the Underlay Following Section attribute, the object underlays or is placed under the following sections. This functionality enables you to display a graph for a group next to the group’s details, display a watermark in the report’s background, or use a scanned image of a form as a guide in setting up a report to print on preprinted forms.

You place the object in a separate section then apply the underlay attribute.

When you use the Underlay option, the section can underlay multiple sections with enough space to display the data. But a section can't underlay its opposing section (Header/Footer).

A Page Header section can underlay all sections up to, but not including, the Page Footer.

A Group Header section can underlay all sections, but only up to its matching Group Footer section.

If you underlay the Group Header section and an object in the Group Header section is wider than the entire Details section, the program creates white space between the end of the Details section and the beginning of the Group Footer section.

Underlay a Section on a Report

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