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How display greybar color effects?

Basics:  Crystal Reports 8.0

Question:  How do I print a background color (Silver) on every other line on a report?  I want to make it easier for the user to read long and wide reports that contain a lot of numbers.  

There is a type of paper called greybar or greenbar that is preprinted with grey or green lines for dot-matrix printers but that is normally not available for laser jet type printers.  So I want to just print a grey (silver) background color on every other line of the report thus achieving the same effect.

Normally to accomplish this I edit the detail section to conditionally print the grey background color if the record number being printed is an even number.  But in this case, there may or may not be group headers and/or footers.  Thus to show a uniform look on each page, I want to print the background grey on every other line regardless of the number of detail lines and headers/footers.

Any ideas?  Thanks.
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EYoung
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DRRYAN3Commented:
EYoung

Remember that you are not printing "lines" of text.  You are rendering a graphic and have to track "lines" in this case yourself.  I would suggest a report variable you reset at each page break and increment with each printed line by putting a dummy field at the end of each possible printed line, either header, footer or detail.  If the contents of the formula that increments the counter produces a space character on each possible line, you should be able to check that counter to see if you should apply the color effect.  You will have to exercise restraint in your choice of fonts - use only one with one size throughout or your effect will not look good.
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EYoungAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  That works.
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