ActiveReports 17 .NET Edition
Report Authors: Designer Components / Report Controls / Page/RDL Report / Shape
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    The Shape report control is used to display one of the available shape types on a report. You can add a shape report control to a report by dragging it from the toolbox and dropping it onto the report design surface. 

    In the ShapeStyle property of the Shape report control, you can select Rectangle, RoundRect or Ellipse, or you can use an expression to assign fields, datasets, parameters, constants, operations or common values to it. 

    You can highlight different sections or parts of a report using a shape report control. For example, you can use a Rectangle as border around different report controls or the entire page or you can use an Ellipse to highlight a note on your report.

    Shape Dialog Properties

    You can set the Shape properties in the Shape dialog. To open it, with the Shape selected on the report, under the Properties window, click the Property dialog link.

    Name: Enter a name for the image that is unique within the report. This name can be called in code. You can only use underscore (_) as a special character in the Name field. Other special characters such as period (.), space ( ), forward slash (/), backslash (\), exclamation (!), and hyphen (-) are not supported.

    Shape Style: Choose Rectangle, RoundRect or Ellipse from the dropdown list, or select the <Expression...> option to open the Expression Editor.

    Rectangle RoundRect Ellipse
    Rectangle Shape style Rounded Rectangle Shape style Ellipse Shape style

    Rounded Rectangle: When the Shape type is set to RoundRect, you can specify the radius for each corner of the shape independently. Drag the handlers Handleravailable at each corner of the shape to set the value of the radius at each corner.

    Note: To enable specific corners, select the checkbox available near each corner of the Shape control.


    Color: Select a color to use for the background of the Shape, or select the <Expression...> option to open the Expression Editor.

    Image: Specify the background image of shape using Expression or Data Visualizer, or directly open the image file on your system.

    Note: If the Hatch and Gradient background styles are set using Data Visualizers, these are not displayed at design time.
    Image Source: Select the location of the image for the background from External, Embedded, Database or select the <Expression...> option to open the Expression Editor.

    MIME Type: Select the MIME type of the image.

    Background repeat: Specify how the background image fills the space of the shape.


    Style: Select a style for the border.

    Width: Enter a value in points to set the width of the border or select the <Expression...> option to open the Expression Editor.

    Color: Select a color to use for the border, or select the <Expression...> option to open the Expression Editor and create an expression that evaluates to a .NET color.

    Initial visibility

    • Visible: The shape is visible when the report runs.
    • Hidden: The shape is hidden when the report runs.
    • Expression: Use an expression with a Boolean result to decide whether the shape is visible. True for hidden, false for visible.

    Visibility can be toggled by another report control: Select this check box to display a toggle shape next to another report control. This enables the drop-down box where you can specify the TextBox control which, if clicked, toggles the visibility of the shape.

    Document map label: Enter an expression to use as a label to represent this item in the table of contents (document map). 

    Bookmark ID: Enter an expression to use as a locator for this shape. You will then be able to provide a bookmark link to this item from another report control using a Jump to bookmark action.

    Element Name: Enter a name to be used in the XML output for this shape report control.

    Output: Choose Auto, Yes, No, or Contents only to decide whether to include this Shape in the XML output. Choosing Auto exports the contents of the Shape report control.

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