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Report Layers

Report Layers provide you with the ability to organize report items in groups and assign the design-time and runtime behavior individually for each group.

All Report Items have the Layer Name editor in the Layout section of the Properties panel.

Initially, a report has the default layer, and the designer automatically assigns all newly added report items to this default layer.

The report designer includes the Layer Editor that you can use to add, remove, and modify report layers.


Expand to watch adding a Layer, setting its properties and assigning a report item to the newly added layer



Each layer exposes the following properties that determine the design-time and the runtime behavior of report items that belong to a layer.

  • Designer Lock disables modifications of position and dimensions of layer's report items. By default, the designer lock is off.

  • Designer Visible shows or hides the layer's report items at design time. By default, a layer is visible.

  • Field Selector Availability enables or disables the Field Selector drop-down for the layer's textboxes. By default, the field selector is available.

  • Designer Transparency sets the transparency of a layer. The default value 0% means that the layer's report items are fully opaque at design-time, and the 100% value means that the report items are fully transparent(that is, invisible). Any value between 0% and 100% means that the report items are translucent(that is, content behind a report item can be seen).

  • The Target Device flags determine whether the layer's report items should be rendered on various output devices:

    • All—includes or excludes report items from the output of all devices.

    • Screen—includes or excludes report items from the output of the report viewer

    • Paper—includes or excludes report items from the output of printing

    • Export—includes or excludes report items from the output of export filters