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    ActiveReports provides a toolbar integrated with the Visual Studio IDE for quick access to report designing commands. This toolbar is composed of buttons and dropdown lists which offer functions for a number of commonly used commands.

    To Show or Hide the Toolbar in Visual Studio

    1. Create a new project or open an existing project in Visual Studio.
    2. Right click on the Visual Studio toolbar and from the context menu that appears, select ActiveReports.

    The ActiveReports toolbar appears under the Visual Studio menu bar. The toolbar options may differ based on whether you have a section report, page report or a RDL report open.

    See the description of each toolbar option in the tables below.

    Note: Toolbar descriptions are grouped in a logical order for understanding. The buttons and dropdowns may appear in a different order in the ActiveReports toolbar.

    Text Decoration

    Command Description

    Style

    Sets the style for the selected report control.  

    For details on setting styles in Page and RDL reports, see Working with Styles.

    For details on setting styles in Section report, see Use External Style Sheets.

    Font

    Sets the typeface of all the text in a control.

    In a section report, for the RichTextBox control, typeface of only the selected text changes. In a page report or a RDL report, in a data region like Tablix or Table, you can change the typeface of the entire data region or only the selected TextBox within the region.

    Font Size

    Sets the font size of all the text in a control.

    In a section report, for the RichTextBox control, font size of only the selected text changes. In a page report or a RDL report, for a data region like Tablix or Table, you can change the font size of the entire data region or only the selected TextBox within the region.

    Fore Color

    Opens a Choose Color dialog to set the text color of controls.

    Back Color

    Opens a Choose Color dialog to set the background color of controls.

    Bold

    Sets or removes text emphasis from the entire text of the control.

    In section report, for the RichTextBox control, bold applies to the selected text only. In a page report or a RDL report, for a data region like Tablix or Table, you can change the emphasis of the entire text or only the text of the selected TextBox within the region.

    Italic

    Sets or removes text slant for the entire text of the control.

    In a section report, for the RichTextBox control, italic applies to the selected text only. In a page report or a RDL report, for a data region like Tablix or Table, you can italicize the entire text or only the text of the selected TextBox within the region.

    Underline

    Sets or removes the text underline for the entire text of the control.

    In a section report, for the RichTextBox control, underline applies to the selected text only. In a page report or a RDL report, for a data region like Tablix or Table, you can also underline the entire text or only the text of the selected TextBox within the region.

    Text Alignment

    Command Description

    Align Left

    Aligns the text to the left in the control area.

    Center

    Aligns the text to the center in the control area.

    Align Right

    Aligns the text to the right in the control area.

    Align Justify

    Justifies the text in the control area.

    Layout Editing

    Command Description

    Zoom Out

    Reduces the magnification level of the design surface and any elements within it.

    Zoom In

    Increases the magnification level of the design surface and any elements within it.

    Zoom

    Opens a dropdown list to set the magnification level of the design surface between 50% and 400%. Zoom percentage is set to 100% by default.

    Control Alignment

    Command Description

    Align to Grid

    Snaps the top left of the selected control to the closest gridline.

    Align Lefts

    Aligns the selected controls with their left border coinciding with the left border of the primary control. The vertical space separating the controls remains the same.

    Align Rights

    Aligns the selected controls with their right border coinciding with the right border of the primary control. The vertical space separating the controls remains the same.

    Align Tops

    Aligns the selected controls with their top border coinciding with the top border of the primary control. The horizontal space separating the controls remains the same.

    Align Middles

    Aligns the selected controls vertically to the middle with respect to the primary control. The horizontal space separating the controls remains the same.

    Align Bottoms

    Aligns the selected controls with their bottom border coinciding with bottom border of the primary control. The horizontal space separating the controls remains the same.

    Control Resizing

    Command Description

    Make Same Width

    Resizes the width of the selected controls to the width of the primary control.

    Make Same Height

    Resizes the height of the selected controls to the height of the primary control.

    Make Same Size

    Resizes the size (width and height) of the selected controls to the size of the primary control.

    Size to Grid

    Snaps the selected control to the closest gridline by resizing the control on all four sides.

    Control Spacing

    Command Description

    Make Horizontal Spacing Equal

    Creates equal space between the selected controls with respect to the primary control, using the outermost edges of the controls as end points.

    Increase Horizontal Spacing

    Increases the horizontal spacing by one grid unit with respect to the primary control.

    Decrease Horizontal Spacing

    Decreases the horizontal spacing by one grid unit with respect to the primary control.

    Remove Horizontal Spacing

    Removes the horizontal space so that the selected controls move to the nearest edge of the top-left control.

    Make Vertical Spacing Equal

    Creates equal space between the selected controls with respect to the primary control, using the top and bottom edges of the control as the end points.

    Increase Vertical Spacing

    Increases the vertical spacing by one grid unit with respect to the primary control.

    Decrease Vertical Spacing

    Decreases the vertical spacing by one grid unit with respect to the primary control.

    Remove Vertical Spacing

    Removes the vertical spacing so that the selected controls move to the nearest edge of the top-left control.

    Z-order Alignment

    Command Description

    Bring to Front

    Moves the selected controls to the front of all other controls on the report.

    Send to Back

    Moves the selected controls behind all other controls on the report.

    RichTextBox commands

    Command Description

    Bullets

    Adds or removes bullets from the selected text inside a RichTextBox control in a section report.

    Increase Indent

    Increases the indent of selected text in the RichTextBox control area in a section report.

    Decrease Indent

    Decreases the indent of selected text in the RichTextBox control area in a section report.

    Others

    Command Description

    View ReportExplorer

    Shows or hides the Report Explorer window. See Report Explorer for further details.

    Reorder Groups

    Opens the Group Order dialog, where you can drag and drop groups to rearrange them. This button is enabled when you have multiple groups in a section report.

    Layer List

    Opens the Layer List window to displays a list of Layers in the report along with their visibility and lock options. Layer List Explorer also allows you to add or remove Layers from your reports. See Working with Layers for further details.

    Note: Primary control is the control in a selected group of controls, to which you align all other controls. It is generally the first control selected in the group and has sizing handles (white boxes) which are different from the rest of the selected controls.
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