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Hi Experts,

I have a report composed of 5 columns namely:
AcctID
AcctDesc
Balance1
Balance2
Total

AcctID and AcctDesc are declared inside a formula while the Balance1 and 2 are fields from the table. Total is a formula which is equal to Balance1 + Balance 2.
I can't combine AcctID and AcctDesc into one formula because AcctID will be displayed on a different color (blue) while the rest of the objects will be in black. Another thing is we have a function that once you double-click on AcctID (during preview), a report will be called which acts as something like a details info about the AcctID.

On the report interface (a VB6 form) we provided to let user select possible options, we have an option (checkbox) that will allow user to mark if he/she wants to display AcctID.
What I am doing was to overlap AcctID and AcctDesc (AcctDesc on top of AcctID). So that if checkbox is unmarked, AcctDesc will be alligned to the leftmost side of the paper. If checkbox is marked, AcctID will be on the leftmost and followed by the AcctDesc (I have some coding on the AcctDesc formula to somehow add few spaces so that it will look like they are not overlapping when you preview the report).
The report looks good when I preview and print it but if I export it to excel, Balance1, 2 and Total columns are not align with the column heading.

It seems that when you export a report with overlapping fields/formulas, crystal will try to allocate spaces for each overlapped objects. This will cause the total fields to be moved a column or 2 away.

I'm using cr10, VB6 and MSSQL 2000

Please Help,

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>>> It seems that when you export a report with overlapping fields/formulas, crystal will try to allocate spaces for each overlapped objects.

This is correct and unfortunately there's nothing you can do about it except change your fields so that they don't overlap.  Here's the Crystal 10 document on the topic if you want more information: http://support.businessobjects.com/communityCS/TechnicalPapers/cr10_export_excel.pdf.asp

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Hi frodoman,

I've tried overlay sections (the AcctID on the 1st and AcctDesc on the 2nd) but it seems overlay doesn't work also.
Any idea as to why overlay/overlap sections didn't work?

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TheLearnedOne,

I believe my response was accurate - meaning that the behavior described is correct and can't be changed.  The askers followup posting was about a specific thing he tried that didn't work but it was redundant after I'd already indicated that nothing can be done to change the export behavior.

Thanks (as always) for consideration,

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