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How to Align, Size, and Distribute Report Items in Report Designer

How to Align, Size and Distribute Report Items in Report Designer

When creating a report, a good layout is essential to ensure that the information in the report is presented in a clear and effective manner. A well-designed report starts by aligning report items. Sizing, positioning, and distributing report items will help to create a report with an attractive appearance.

In this blog, we are going to explain how to use aligning options to design a professional report. The Bold Reports Designer provides these options in the designer toolbar, as shown in the following image.

Aligning Options in Bold Reports Designer.
Aligning Options.

These aligning options are categorized as aligning, sizing, and distributing. Let’s start to use these aligning options in Reports Designer.

Align

Alignment is a key principle in report design, because alignment gives a report design a neat and polished look. The dynamic nature of some report items will result in them being difficult to align. To fix this, you can use align options to position such report items on a design surface. Select a minimum of two report items to enable this option. You can align report items to the left, center, right, top, bottom, or middle positions.

Align
Align

Left align

When you select a group of report items and left align them, they’ll align with the item among them that is farthest to the left.

Left align
Left align

Center align

The selected report items are centered between the left-most item and right-most item among them.

Center align
Center align

Right align

When you select a group of report items and right align them, they’ll align with the item among them that is farthest to the right.

Right align
Right align

Top align

This aligns the selected items with the item among them that is closest to the top.

Top align
Top align

Middle align

This aligns the selected report items to the middle position between the top-most and bottom-most items among them.

Middle align
Middle align

Bottom align

This aligns the selected report items with the item among them that is closest to the bottom.

Bottom align
Bottom align

Center horizontally

This aligns the selected report items to the center position of the design surface or parent container horizontally.

Center horizontally
Center horizontally

Center vertically

This aligns the selected report items to the center position of the design surface or parent container vertically.

Center vertically
Center vertically

Align to grid

This snaps the top left of the selected report items to the closest grid line in the design surface.

Align to grid
Align to grid

Size to grid

This snaps the selected report item to the closest grid line by resizing the report item on all four sides.

Size to grid
Size to grid

Sizing

You can use sizing to provide equal sizing for the selected report items in a design area.

Sizing
Sizing

Same size

Resizes the width and height of the selected report items to the size of the first selected report item.

Same size
Same size

Same height

Resizes the height of the selected report items to the height of the first selected report item.

Same height
Same height

Same width

Resizes the width of the selected report items to the width of the first selected report item.

Same width
Same width

Distribute

When you find yourself wasting too much time making minor adjustments, it’s very useful to have an option like distribute, which allows you to place the report items with equal spacing in both horizontal and vertical directions.

Distribute
Distribute

Horizontally

The horizontal option distributes the report items in the design surface with equal intervals horizontally.

Distribute horizontally
Distribute horizontally

Vertically

The vertical option distributes the report items in the design surface with equal intervals vertically.

Distribute vertically
Distribute vertically

Conclusion

In this blog, we have learned about the alignment options available in Report Designer. You can use these features to improve your report quality and develop reports in a professional manner. We hope you found this blog useful.

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