View RPT file layout without access to the database


I have been given a load of RPT files which I have been asked to extract the report layout for these files (even if it's manually writing down the details). However I do not have access to the database these reports were created for. Is there any way of me doing this? I've tried free rpt viewers but they all want the database access. I tried creating a dummy connection in ODBC, but this didn't work either.
I'm a bit of a novice when I comes to crystal reports.

Thanks and kind regards,
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vastoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You nee crystal report designer. It will allow you to open the report in design mode. You can get a 30 days trial version from here:

There are also some tools on which might be helpful to document the reports. Check ReportMiner.
You can do it but you need a stand-alone version of Crystal.  I do it all the time to help answer questions posed here.  You can upload a report file and I can open it.  I just can't refresh the data to test the changes.

I don't know what you want as far as the report design but Crystal can export the report definition to a text file that you can read in Notepad or Wordpad.

If you don't have Crystal you can download a free trial from

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VitalNetworkSolutionsAuthor Commented:
Hi, Your link worked perfectly. Thanks, Col
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