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Change default border thickness around fields in format editor

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Can I change the border thickness used in the format editor?  My goal is to place a hairline or .5 point single border at the top of a field.  The default thickness seems to be 1 pt.  Can this be changed?
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by:mlmcc
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As far as I know, no.
You could use a line but the placement isn't as easy as the borders.

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I don't dispute that mimcc is the number one genius in Crystal, but for the number one genius, that was a pretty lame answer.  I am not the number one genius, but I am still a professional and would like a definitive answer if there is one.  Can he or she be more specific?  Obviously the borders are the best solution -- but my client does not like the default thickness.  Obviously I can place a line -- in fact, I have already done so (30 of them, in fact).  If there is no other solution than placing a line, I will certainly accept it, but it seems that this number one genius does not actually know for sure if there is another way to change default line thickness -- third party products?  A setting file somewhere?  Or is the answer "absolutely not you can never do it"?  I am a paying member of EE in order to save myself time in gaining knowledge -- instead of taking 5 hours to research a problem, I try to find it in 5 minutes on EE. Often, I am happy with the results.  This time was less than spectacular.
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Thank you.  Please guide me in determining the most respectful way to request that a better quality of answer is given to me by an expert.
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Sorry if the quality of the answer isn't up to your standards.

I don't know if you can change the thickness of a border.  I have never found a way to do it but that doesn't mean it can't be done.
The obvious ways don't work since there is no thickness option on the formatting tab for borders.  

It may be controlled by a registry entry.  Many things in Crystal are.  I am not that experienced in the registry.  I took a quick look and I didn't find anything related to the border.

Depending on the nature of you data you can use lines or boxes around the data.  If you data is static in size then the boxes/lines just need to be drawn so they surround the field.  If you have data that can grow in size then it is a bit more difficult.

What I generally do then is insert another section below the one and have the box drawn so the botto is in the section below.  In that way the box expands along with the field.

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Thank you for researching this matter more fully.
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