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I have a visual basic program that uses crystal reports.  I have made the required changes so that the reports are resources (not embedded) and get copied to the output folder.  What I need now is to have other versions of the reports in sub folders.  It is easy enough to load a report from the sub folder, but I was wondering if there was a trick to being able to have them in folders in visual studio.  If I put a report of the same name in the project, even if it is in a subfolder, I get an error.  Is there a way around this?

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You have to completely remove the reports from the project and load them in runtime. Then you may the report file from any folder.
If you wan tto use the same report with some changes in the record selection formula you shoul add a parameter instead of creating different versions of the same fiile
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Its not so much record selection as it is the report layout is for a specific company.  The same report in the other folder is for a different company (i.e logo and such).  I was just hoping there was a way to manage all the different version in the Visual Studio environment.
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You need to be able to identify the report. If you use Load method the identifier will be the path to the report. If you use named report instances inside the project then you need to change the class name of the report class
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I have the part down about loading the correct one at run time.  I am wanting a way to maintain them in the development process in the develeopment environment.
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Are you creating and modifying them individually or do you have a master that is updated then saved for the separate versions?

Why not come up with a naming convention that includes something in the name related to the company it is for
  Payroll_USB and Payroll_ATT

WIth that your application can include them in the deployment package and they can be easily identified as to the intended audience.

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The way my program works, it always looks for a particular file name.  This is true for the crystal reports and other resources as well.  The only difference between companies is the folder where it locates the resources.  I have it worked out keeping it up manually.  I was just hoping there might be a way for Visual Studio to do it for me during development.
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