Rotate Report Text

Posted on 2006-06-27
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Using vs2005, I would like to rotate the text in a textbox on my report to –90 or 270 degrees.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.
Question by:sr101880

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I worked out a way to accomplish this with a bit of a workaround.

To display text rotated 90 to the left in reportviewer:

1.      Go to the Report Menu and Select Report Properties.
2.      Select the References Tab.
3.      Add a reference under assembly name to System.Drawing
4.      Click on the code Tab.
5.      Add the following Code:

Function LoadImage(ByVal sImageText as String)
        sImageText= sImageText.PadRight(50) & "  |"        ‘ Change this as needed

        Dim iFontSize As Integer = 10 ‘Change this as needed

        Dim bmpImage As New Drawing.Bitmap(1, 1)

        Dim iWidth As Integer = 0
        Dim iHeight As Integer = 0

        '// Create the Font object for the image text drawing.
        Dim MyFont As New Drawing.Font("Courier New", iFontSize, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Bold, System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point)

        '// Create a graphics object to measure the text's width and height.
        'Graphics(MyGraphics = Graphics.FromImage(bmpImage))
        Dim MyGraphics As Drawing.Graphics = Drawing.Graphics.FromImage(bmpImage)

        '// This is where the bitmap size is determined.
        iWidth = MyGraphics.MeasureString(sImageText, MyFont).Width
        iHeight = MyGraphics.MeasureString(sImageText, MyFont).Height

        '// Create the bmpImage again with the correct size for the text and font.
        'bmpImage = New Drawing.Bitmap(bmpImage, New Drawing.Size(iWidth, iHeight))
        bmpImage = New Drawing.Bitmap(bmpImage, New Drawing.Size(iHeight, iWidth))

        '// Add the colors to the new bitmap.
        MyGraphics = Drawing.Graphics.FromImage(bmpImage)
        MyGraphics.TextRenderingHint = Drawing.Text.TextRenderingHint.AntiAlias

        MyGraphics.TranslateTransform(0, iWidth)
        MyGraphics.DrawString(sImageText, MyFont, New Drawing.SolidBrush(Drawing.Color.Black), 0, 0)

        Dim stream As IO.MemoryStream = New IO.MemoryStream
        Dim bitmapBytes As Byte()
        'Create bitmap  
        bmpImage.Save(stream, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageFormat.Jpeg)
        bitmapBytes = stream.ToArray

        Return bitmapBytes

    End Function

6.      Click ok to save and close the Report Properties.
7.      You may use a textbox or image control on your form to display the rotated text.
8.      For a textbox you need to set the BackgroundImage properties, for both the image control and textbox set the following:

Source = Database
MIMEType = image/jpeg

9.      To assign the text to be rotated to the control just set:

Value = Code.LoadImage("Your Text Here!")   or
Value = Code.LoadImage(Fields!FirstName.Value)

10.      If you are calling the Reportviewer Report from a form you need to add the following code to your form load event:

Me.ReportViewer1.LocalReport.AddTrustedCodeModuleInCurrentAppDomain("System.Drawing, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=bla bla bla")  ‘You need to copy the assembly info from your Report Properties References tab for this to work.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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