Crystal Reports XI exort to Word problem

Posted on 2007-07-31
Last Modified: 2013-11-15
I am using Crystal Reports XI with BillQuick on a SQL server.  When I export to Word, it comes out as RTF and all fields are in their own unique text field - making editing near impossible. Is there any way to just get a real word document?
Question by:deloused
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    Accepted Solution

    there are two word export option. I think you probably have to choose Microsoft word - Editable (RTF) rather than Microsoft Word (RTF).

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    by:Kurt Reinhardt
    This is they way that the export works.  With earlier versions of Crystal Reports, the exports didn't place each field into a text box, but the exported output was horrible.  This was Business Objects' way of making the exported product as WYSIWYG as possible.  You'll also notice, as a side result, that the size of the export object is significantly larger than it would be if you had exported to .PDF (for example).

    That being said, I tend to question why one would want to edit a report after it's been generated?  Why can't you simply generate it as you want to see it in the first place?


    Author Comment

    Thanks for your response. Typically we make edits to remove extra lines, squeeze report onto one page or other such formatting. I'm trying to do as much of that within Crystal, but sometimes the staff just wants to edit.  The alternative would be to use Word to create merge doc with SQL db I guess.

    Author Comment

    Gary - on your response, I do know about these features. I was just hoping I could get items out of frames to allow easier editing in Word.  Thanks to both of you for response.  I guess I thought the whole point of being able to export to Word would be so it could be edited. Otherwise, why have it at all. I wonder if I can use tables in Crystal that would export as tables and not frames.

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