Modify the Report Layout to Accommodate Our Focus
we will make some changes to the report layout to more easily accommodate the
focus of our practice session. We will start with a larger report canvas.
Click the Layout
tab atop the Report Designer.
Click the report
body at some point below the matrix data region that is in place.
bar assumes the focus (becomes darker). Body also appears in the Properties pane
(by default to the lower right of the design environment). The point here is
to ascertain that the report body is, indeed, selected.
cursor over the lower edge of the report body, until it becomes a two-headed
report canvas to about the 8 point on the scale on the left
side of the Layout tab, stretching it downward to create empty space below the matrix
data region on the report body, as depicted in Illustration 6.
Illustration 6: Stretch the Canvas Downward to Create Empty Space in the Report Body
from this point, we will be performing procedures that relate only to the chart
type with which we are working in this article, and because we create similar
files for different chart types in other articles, lets rename the .rdl file
to clearly associate it with this article and the Line chart type.
from the main menu.
DBJ_OLAP_Report.rdl As ....
following into the File name box of the Save File As box that appears next:
RS064_Simple Line Chart
Click the Save
button in the lower right corner of the Save File As box.
File As box is dismissed and we see the new name appear in the Solution
Explorer. We are now ready to begin the procedural section of our practice
Procedure: Create a Line Chart within the Report
a Chart Control to the Report Canvas
this point, we will place
the Chart item from the Report Items listed within the Toolbox pane (the
position of which is defaulted to the left of the Layout tab). Once the general control is placed
on the report canvas, we will adjust it, setting properties as appropriate to
meet the report specifications.
Select View from
the main menu.
Select Toolbox from the menu, which appears as partially shown in Illustration 7, to place the Toolbox
within easy reach (if it already appears, simply disregard this step).
Illustration 7: Calling the Toolbox to View (Partial View Menu Shown)
window should appear similar to that depicted in Illustration 8. Mine is
pinned to the upper left corner of the design environment, where I find it most
convenient. This is, of course, subject to your own choice. (Note also that I
dock my Fields and Server Explorer panes in this area to maximize design real
estate, as an aside.)
Illustration 8: The Toolbox, Pinned to the Upper Left Corner of the Design Environment
Click the Chart
item (at the bottom of the Toolbox Report Items pane).
cursor becomes a small chart icon in combination with crosshairs when held
above the layout. This indicates that we can click to anchor the point, from
which we wish to draw the box that the chart will inhabit.
Click on the
canvas, below the existing matrix, approximately as shown in Illustration 9.
Illustration 9: Placing the Chart Selection onto the Report Campus ...
The chart item appears, in its generic manifestation, as
depicted in Illustration 10.
Illustration 10: The Generic Chart Item Appears
NOTE: Should you accidentally place or drop the chart item into a
position that is not satisfactory, you can simply move the item by clicking
inside the chart item, then pointing to the now shaded border of the chart item,
to drag it to a new location.
Clicking again on the border will also allow you to expand /
contract the chart shape. (The nuances are easy to learn with a little
practice.) Double-clicking the chart item will make the drop regions, seen
cursor over the left border of the chart item, until it becomes a four-arrow icon.
Click and drag
the chart item to the left side of the report canvas.
cursor over the right border, and over the small square that appears about
midway down the right side, until the cursor becomes a double-headed arrow.
Click and drag
the right border of the chart item, widening the chart (along with the
underlying canvas) to approximately the 11 point on the ruler appearing atop the Layout tab.
cursor over the bottom border, and over the small square that appears about
midway along the bottom side, until the cursor becomes a double-headed arrow,
Click and drag
the bottom border of the chart item, heightening the chart to approximately the
8 point on the ruler appearing
along the left of the Layout tab.
chart item is now in place, and we are ready to specify its Line chart nature, as well as to populate it with the primary
dataset that is already in place.