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Create an Interactive E-Form or PDF

This tutorial describes how to create a form that is fillable in Print Preview.

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To get started with this tutorial, create a new report or open an existing one.

Add Form Fields

Add the Label report controls to the report and arrange them according to the form's template. Set the labels' Text property to the form's field names.

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Add Fillable Cells

Use the Character Comb control for the form's text fields. This control displays letters in individual cells and allows you to fill these cells in Print Preview.

  1. Drop the Character Comb item from the Toolbox onto the report.eForm-report-add-character-comb
  2. Select all the added Character Combs and set their properties in the Property Grid:
    • Cell Size Mode
    • Cell Height,
    • Cell Width,
    • and other cell settings.
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  3. Enable the Character Combs' Edit Options | Enabled property.
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  4. Choose editors for the Character Comb controls' edit mode.

Controls that allow you to enter letters
Invoke a drop-down list for the Editor Name property and select the Only Uppercase Letters item in the Letters category.
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Controls that allow you to enter integers
Invoke a drop-down list for the Editor Name property and select the Positive Integer item in the Numeric category.


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Add CheckBox Editors

Add CheckBox controls for the Male/Female fields.

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Use the following properties to set up these controls:

  • Set the Text property.
  • Set appearance properties.
  • Enable the Edit Options | Enabled property switch checkbox states in Print Preview.
  • Set the Edit Options | Group ID property to the same value to combine these two checkboxes into a logical group. This allows you to select only one option at a time.
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Add the Signature Editor

Add the PictureBox report control for the form's Signature field.

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Do the following to enable drawing in Print Preview:

  1. Enable the control's Edit Options | Enabled property.
  2. Set the Edit Options | Editor Name property to Signature.
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Get the Result

Switch to the Preview tab to see the result.

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Click the highlight-fields-icon-bars button on the Print Preview toolbar to highlight all the editable fields on the form.

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Click a field to invoke its editor.

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Use TAB and SHIFT+TAB to navigate between editable fields.

Sunday, 13 January 2019 Posted in Create Popular Reports