Enhancing DataWindow Objects

Table of Contents

Working in the DataWindow painter
Understanding the DataWindow painter Design view
Using the DataWindow painter toolbars
Using the Properties view in the DataWindow painter
Selecting controls in the DataWindow painter
Resizing bands in the DataWindow painter Design view
Using zoom in the DataWindow painter
Undoing changes in the DataWindow painter
Using the Preview view of a DataWindow object
Retrieving data
Modifying data
Viewing row information
Importing data into a DataWindow object
Using print preview
Printing data
Working in a grid DataWindow object
Saving data in an external file
Saving the data as PDF
Saving the data in HTML Table format
Working with PSR files
Modifying general DataWindow object properties
Changing the DataWindow object style
Setting colors in a DataWindow object
Setting gradients and background pictures in a DataWindow object
Setting transparency properties for a DataWindow object
Specifying properties of a grid DataWindow object
Specifying pointers for a DataWindow object
Defining print specifications for a DataWindow object
Modifying text in a DataWindow object
Defining the tab order in a DataWindow object
Naming controls in a DataWindow object
Using borders in a DataWindow object
Specifying variable-height bands in a DataWindow object
Modifying the data source of a DataWindow object
Storing data in a DataWindow object using the Data view
What happens at runtime
Retrieving data
Prompting for retrieval criteria in a DataWindow object
Retrieving rows as needed
Saving retrieved rows to disk

About this chapter

Before you put a DataWindow object into production, you can enhance it to make it easier to use and interpret data. You do that in the DataWindow painter. This chapter describes basic enhancements you can make to a DataWindow object.

Related topics

Other ways to enhance DataWindow objects are covered in later chapters:


Explains how to

Working with Controls in DataWindow Objects

Add controls to a DataWindow object and reorganize, position, and rotate them

Displaying and Validating Data

Specify display formats, edit styles, and validation rules for column data

Filtering, Sorting, and Grouping Rows

Limit which rows are displayed, the order in which they are displayed, and whether they are divided into groups

Highlighting Information in DataWindow Objects

Highlight data by using conditional expressions to modify the properties of controls in DataWindow objects

Using Nested Reports

Place reports inside DataWindow objects

Working with Graphs

Use graphs to visually present information retrieved in a DataWindow object

Working with Crosstabs

Use crosstabs to present analyses of data retrieved in a DataWindow object

Working with TreeViews

Use TreeViews to group data and display it hierarchically in a way that allows you to expand and collapse it

Controlling Updates in DataWindow objects

Control update capabilities