Removing Crystal blank or null fields address info

Posted on 2007-07-30
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
How do you remove blank or null fields from report formats (Crystal 9) in the report output versus seeing a blank line in your report? I'm creating a report format based on residential and business adrress'. Some addresses contain more than one line for address info. (ex: John Hancock Tower, 200 Clarendon St, Boston, MA. 02120). If the line containing "John Hancock Tower" is blank or null, how can I remove the space it gives me in the report output??
Question by:bceagles
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There are a few different ways...but try this first.

Go to SELECT EXPERT....choose your field....then ....choose formula.

In the formula type:

NOT ISNULL({yourtable.field})

Then close with OK....Crystal will pull in ALL fields that are NOT NULL.

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You can also do this by using hardcoded SQL SCRIPT as your datasource...


You can use CONDITIONAL PRINTING in your report to only allow items that are NOT NULL.



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gopatinc earned 2000 total points
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I think the problem here is what happens to the space allocated to the field that turned up Null.
One possible solution for that is as follows:

In order to remove the empty space, place each address line in a different sub-section (ex GH1a, GH1b, GH1c ....etc...).
Then conditionally display or hide the (sub)section based on whether the field is null or not.
ex: Place Address Line 1 in GH1b, Address Line 2 in GH1c and put conditional suppress not on the field but on the entire subsection section. So for GH1b, the conditional suppress would be
and for GH1c: ISNULL({databaseTable.Address2})

This will remove empty spaces.

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