Create a Multi-Column Report

This document describes how to arrange report data in multiple columns, which can be used to create mailing labels, business cards or multi-column directories.


To access the multi-column settings of a report's Detail band, use its smart tag or the Property Grid.

Multi-Column Mode

Enables you to select one of the following modes:

  • None
  • Disables the multi-column layout.
  • Use Column Count
  • Makes the report display a specific number of columns based on the Column Count value. When this property is set to 1, the report looks as though its multi-column layout is disabled.
  • Use Column Width
  • Makes the report columns have a specific width based on the Column Width value. With this setting, the report displays as many columns as it is possible according to the specified column width, column spacing, and report page size.

Column Spacing

Specifies the distance between adjacent columns. This value is measured in report units.

Multi-Column Layout

Specifies the preferred direction for arranging report data within columns.

  • First Across, then Down
  • When the report data is grouped, the multi-column layout is applied to each group individually.
  • The report data is arranged horizontally and is wrapped to the next row on reaching the right page margin.
  • First Down, then Across
  • When the report data is grouped, you can make each group start on a new column by setting the Page Break property of the Group Footer to After the Band.
  • The report data is arranged vertically and is wrapped to the next column on reaching the bottom page margin.

How It Works

The following image illustrates a report designer with a multi-column layout applied to the report:

In the multi-column mode, the report's design surface is limited to the area defined by the column width. This is the only area intended to contain report controls.

The rest of this surface defines the space on a page remaining for printing columns and column spacing area.

In the above image, the report data in the Detail band is contained within a Panel that provides borders around the enclosed content.

You can also specify a custom background color for the Panel. To learn how to change this color dynamically (based on the report's underlying data), see Conditionally Change a Control's Appearance.

When the report data is grouped (as in the above image), and the First Down, then Across multi-column layout is used, you can make each group start on a new column. To do this, set the Page Break property of the Group Footer to After the Band or After the Band, Except for the Last Entry. When there is no data to display in the Group Footer, set the band height to zero.

Sunday, 13 January 2019 Posted in Create Popular Reports