Move a section from Details to GroupFooter

Posted on 2012-09-04
Last Modified: 2012-09-04
Using Crystal Reports built into Visual Studio 2008, I have a report with a number of detail sections. I'm restructuring the report, adding a second level of grouping, and many of the detail sections belong at the first grouping level, not the second. Therefore, I think I'm going to need to convert them to GroupHeader or GroupFooter sections. I have nearly thirty sections, many of which have special section settings (conditional suppression, etc.). It's going to be really tedious and prone to error to have to drag all the fields and re-enter all the section settings.

Is there any way to directly change a Detail section to a GroupFooter or GroupHeader (or, for that matter, change GroupHeader to GroupFooter or vice versa)? Or do I have to move everything manually?
Question by:ElrondCT
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    Accepted Solution

    Unfortunately NO.

    Moving the fields generally won't be an issue.  If they need to be summaries insert them on the detail fields then delete the detail field.  If they are just the same information in each record you can select them all and move them with the mouse or the arrow keys.

    The special formatting anf conditional suppression will all have to be done manually.

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    Author Comment

    I was afraid that was the answer. CR is very powerful in many ways, but a lot of the setup is extremely tedious... But thanks for confirming that I'm not missing a cute trick.
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    Expert Comment

    Agree.  That is one reason why planning is extremely important in report development.  WHat appears to be a minor change in the requirement can cause you to almost have to rebuild the report.  

    In some cases it is easier to start with a clean slate.


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