Repeating sections in Crystal Report


I'm using Crystal Reports (version and I want a section within the report to repeat at least 4 times irrespective of the data being served to the report.

Scenario: Say, an application form allows users to enter upto 4 previous addresses and the applicant chooses to enter 2 addresses and submits the application. When my internal user views the report (using CR) I want to display all the 4 address fields with only 2 populated from the database (provided by the user). This will allow me to keep the report in sync with the application form (a requirement).

I'm currently using sub-report to display the repetitive fields but this only shows the number of rows available in the database (in this case 2).

I'm not sure if CR allows me to attain this. I've done some intensive research and was of no help. Would appreciate any help provided.

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Are you displaying the data in the subreport ?

If you are then one way would be to create a faux group in the subreport, add the number of extra footer sections that you need and control the suppression of these sections by counting the number of addresses already displayed.

I've attached an exampel that shows the concept

The only way to do ths would be to have the subreport on the report 4 times and linked appropriately.

How are you getting this done now?

So if you have one address  you want 4 blank addresses, if you have two you want two blank addresses,

If thats the case you can set up sections under detail count the number of populated addresses in each group (like name of person)in a formula and suppress the sections accordingly based on the count,  you will need a reset for the formula. This approach will not work if there is no record.  The formulas would be like    if len(name)>0 then shared numbervar addcount:=addcount+1

reset in group header would be shared numbervar addcount:=0

use section expert to supress blank sections   based on shared numbervar addcount> 1  
next section > 2  etc
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SasDevAuthor Commented:
Thank you both for your replies -

@mlmcc: Currently I'm passing a variable to the sub-report and it would return all the row from the DB which matches this variable. Adding the sub-report only once will return the number of rows available (in this scenario - 2). Adding sub-report 4 times will result in display of 2 available rows 4 times in the report - which is repetitive.?.

@wkrasner: This is how I want the addresses to show:
If 1 address then 3 blank addesses = total 4
If 2 address then 2 blank addesses = total 4
If 3 address then 1 blank addesses = total 4
If 0 address then 4 blank addesses = total 4
SasDevAuthor Commented:
@GJParker: That's the closest solution I've gotten to attain what I want to do. I will alter my report and will revert with results.

Thanks much.
SasDevAuthor Commented:
KUDOS! Worked wonderfully... Thanks so much for your solution. It was bang on - that's exactly what I've been looking for.

I appreciate your help. Thank you. :)
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