Access 2010 Advanced Report Options

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Access 2010

Advanced Report Options

Introduction

Access 2010
Access 2010 offers several advanced options for creating and modifying reports. The Report Wizard is a tool that guides you through the process of creating complex reports.  Once you've created a report, whether through the Report Wizard or the Report command, you can then format it to make it look exactly how you want.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Report Wizard to create complex reports. You'll also learn how to use Access's formatting options to format textchange report colors and fonts, and add a logo.

We will be showing you how to create and modify reports with examples from our sample database. If you would like to follow along, download  example and use it to follow the procedures demonstrated in this lesson.

The Report Wizard

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While using the Report command is a quick way to create reports from the current object, it's not as helpful if you want to create a report with data from multiple objects. The Report Wizard makes it easy to create reports using fields from multiple tables or queries. It even lets you choose how your data will be organized.
Watch the video to learn about creating a report with theReport Wizard.

To Create a Report using the Report Wizard:

  1. Select the Create tab and locate the Reports group. Click the Report Wizard command.
    The Report Wizard commandThe Report Wizard command
  2. The Report Wizard dialog box will appear.
    The Report Wizard dialog boxThe Report Wizard dialog box

Step 1: Select the Fields to Include in your Report

  1. Click the drop-down arrow to select the table or query that contains the desired field or fields.
    Selecting a table that contains fields to include in the reportSelecting a table that contains fields to include in the report
  2. Select a field from the list on the left and click the right arrow  to add it to the report.
    Adding fields to the reportAdding fields to a report
  3. You can add fields from more than one table or query by repeating the above steps. Once you've added the desired fields, click Next.
    The added fieldsThe added fields

Step 2: Organize the Report

The Report Wizard will provide you with options that let you choose how to view and organize your data. These options group like data within your fields and organize those fields into multiple levels, like in an outline or bulleted list.
If you are building a report from only one table or query, you can skip to #3 in this section.
  1. Access will offer a list of several organization options. Select an option from the list to preview it.
    Grouping optionsGrouping options
  2. Click Next when you are satisfied with the basic organization of your data.
  3. If you're not satisfied with the way your data is organized, you can now modify the grouping levels.
    • Select a field from the list and click the right arrow  to add it as a new level.
      Adding a new grouped levelAdding a new grouped level
    • If necessary, modify the order of your grouped fields by selecting a field and clicking the up or down Priority arrow to move it up or down a level.
      Moving the Sales Unit field down a grouping levelMoving the Sales Unit field down a grouping level
  4. Once you are satisfied with the organization of your report, click Next.

Step 3: Sort your Report Data

  1. Click the top drop-down arrow, and select the name of the first field you wish to sort.
  2. Click the button on the right to change the sort to ascending or descending.
    Sorting the reportSorting the report
  3. Add any additional sorts. You may sort up to four fields. The sort will be applied from top to bottom, meaning that the sort at the top of the list will be the main sort.
  4. When you are satisfied with the way your data is sorted, click Next.
Depending on the grouping you have chosen for your data, your sorting options may be limited.

Step 4: Select a Layout and Title

  1. Click the various layout options to see how they look, then select one to use in your report.
  2. Select either a portrait (tall) or landscape (wide) orientation for your report.
    Setting the report layoutSetting the report layout
  3. Once you are satisfied with your report layout, click Next.
  4. Place your cursor in the text box and type the title you would like for your report.
  5. Select whether you want to preview  the report or modify its design, then click Finish.
    Finishing the reportFinishing the report
  6. Your report will be created and saved.
Just as with other reports, you may have to adjust your field and row size and location to make sure that all your data fits the way you want it to.

Formatting Reports

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One of the strengths of reports is that you can modify their appearance to make them look how you want. You can add headers and footersto your report, apply new colors to the layout, and even add a logo. All of these things can help you create visually appealing reports.
Watch the video to learn more about formatting reports.

Modifying Report Text

The bulk of the information in your report comes straight from the query or table you built it from, which means you can't edit it within the report. However, you can change, add, or delete label text, headers, and footers to make your report clearer and easier to read. For example, in our report, we decided that we didn't need the field headings to understand our data, so we simply deleted them.
When working with text and text boxes in reports, you can use many of the text and shape formatting tools you use in other Office programs to modify color, font, and more. If you're not sure how to perform basic text and shape formatting, please visit the Formatting Text and Working With Shapes lessons in our Word 2010 course.
Our report, with simple text formatting appliedThe report, with simple text formatting applied

Modifying the Page Header and Footer

To view and modify the header and footer that appear on every page of your report, select the View command on the Ribbon and switch to Design View. The header and footer are located in the white space beneath the Page Header and Page Footer bars.
The page header and footer in Design ViewThe page header and footer in Design View
Depending on your report's design, sometimes you may find that there is no white space in the page header and footer, as in the image above. If this is the case, you must resize the header and footer before you can add anything to them. Simply click and drag the bottom border of the header or footer to make it larger.
Resizing the page headerResizing the page header

To Add Text to a Header or Footer:

  1. On the Ribbon, select the Design tab in the Report Design Tools group and locate the Controls group.
  2. Select the Label command.
    The Label commandThe Label command
  3. Place your cursor in the white space in your header or footer, and click and drag to create your label. Releasethe mouse when it is the desired size.
    Clicking and dragging to create a labelClicking and dragging to create a label
  4. Place your cursor in the text box, click once, and type the desired text.
    Adding text to the labelAdding text to the label

To Add the Date and Time to a Header or Footer:

  1. On the Ribbon, select the Design tab in the Report Design Tools group and locate the Header/Footergroup.
  2. Select the Date and Time command. 
    The Date & Time commandThe Date and Time command
  3. The Date and Time dialog box will appear. Select the desired formatting options. A preview of the text that will be included in your report will appear. When you are satisfied with the appearance of the date and time, clickOK.
    Selecting options in the Date and Time dialog boxSelecting the date and time format in the Date and Time dialog box
By default, the date and time appear in the header. If you would like to move them to the footer instead, simplyclick the date and time boxes and drag them to the desired location.

To Add Page Numbers to a Header or Footer:

  1. On the Ribbon, select the Design tab in the Report Design Tools group and locate the Header/Footergroup.
  2. Select the Page Numbers command.
    The Page Numbers commandThe Page Numbers command
  3. The Page Numbers dialog box will appear. Select the format of the page numbers.
    • Select Page N to display the number of only the current page.
    • Select Page N of M to display the number of the current page and the number of total pages.
  4. Select whether to put your page numbers in the header or footer.
  5. Click the drop-down arrow to select the alignment of the page numbers.
    Selecting page number settings in the Page Numbers dialog boxSelecting page number settings in the Page Numbers dialog box
  6. When you are satisfied with the settings, click OK.

    Enhancing Report Appearance

    To Add a Logo:

    1. On the Home tab of the Ribbon, click the View command and select Layout View from the drop-down list.
      Switching to Layout ViewSwitching to Layout View
    2. Select the Design tab and locate the Header/Footer group, then select the Logo command.
      The Logo commandThe Logo command
    3. The Insert Picture dialog box will appear. Locate and select the desired image file and click OK to add it to your report.
      Inserting a logoInserting a logo
    4. A shrunken version of your image will appear in the header. Click and drag the image border to resize it.
      Resizing the logoResizing the logo
    5. If necessary, move your logo to the desired location by clicking and dragging it.
      The resized, repositioned logoThe resized, repositioned logo

    Themes and Fonts

    theme is a set of colors and fonts that applies to the entire database to give it a consistent, professional look. By default, databases use the Office theme. When you change the theme, all of the theme fonts and colors in your database change to match the new theme. Designing and modifying reports using theme elements can help you keep the appearance of your reports consistent.

    To Change the Theme:

    1. Select the Design tab and locate the Themes group.
    2. Click the Themes command. 
      The Themes commandThe Themes command
    3. A drop-down menu will appear. Hover the mouse over a theme to see a live preview of it.
      Hovering to preview a new themeHovering to preview a new theme
    4. Select the desired theme. The theme will be applied to your entire database.
      The report, now with a new themeThe report, now with a new theme

    To Change the Theme Fonts:

    1. Select the Design tab and locate the Themes group.
    2. Click the Fonts command. 
      The Fonts commandThe Fonts command
    3. A drop-down menu will appear. Select a set of Theme Fonts.
      Selecting a new set of theme fontsSelecting a new set of theme fonts
    4. The fonts will be applied to your entire database.
      The report, now with new fontsThe report, now with new fonts

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