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How do you close report editor?

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    How do you close report editor?

    I've used Alpha 5 for over a decade and created numerous reports, but there is one nagging issue that I can't figure out. There doesn't seem to be a way to close the report editor without closing Alpha 5. When I'm creating or editing a form, I can close the form from the File menu. That option does not present itself in report design mode. Am I missing something?

    Re: How do you close report editor?

    There should be an x in the upper right hand corner below the program shut down in v9. You can also goto window/cascade and then close the editor.

    I have complained about this before too in V7, V8, V9

    Dave Mason
    [email protected]
    Skype is dave.mason46


      Re: How do you close report editor?

      Am I missing something?
      Possibly. I toggle WINDOW BAR on the VIEW menu so that all windows opened during a development session are available on tabs at the bottom of the screen. The right click menu of each of those tabs will give you the option to close the corresponding window.

      Having said that I should also add that my report design window includes the system menu, so I can close the design window using the red "X" without using the Window Bar if I want to.


        Re: How do you close report editor?

        Hi Tom, Jeff,

        As you can see below. I have no red X, but look at the top right corner. I don't even have that in V7.

        I toggle WINDOW BAR on the VIEW menu so that all windows opened during a development session are available on tabs at the bottom of the screen.
        Tom's idea is a good one except I would forget to turn it back off.

        This is on Vista, but I think it is the same on the XP machine I have.

        Dave Mason
        [email protected]
        Skype is dave.mason46


          Re: How do you close report editor?

          Dave, I see two system menus in your image. The larger (outer) menu is for the Alpha Five window. Can't you use the smaller (inner) menu to close the design window? i.e. the smaller "X"...


            Re: How do you close report editor?

            My screen doesn't show an X to close the design window (not even a grayed-out X like in Dave's image). I used Dave's original suggestion of cascading the windows and it works fine. I also tried Tom's idea with the window bar and that works, too.

            Thanks to both of you for your help.


              Re: How do you close report editor?

              Just to see if it could be done.

              rlst =  a5.Report_Enum()
              for each foo in rlst
              rpt = word(foo,1,"@")
              cmd =  ":"+rpt+".close()"
              if is_object(":"+rpt)
              end if
              This does not save any changes you might have made. It will not close a report in preview mode, only those in design mode.
              There can be only one.


                Re: How do you close report editor?


                In the second post is where I was talking about the second down x to close the report in V9.

                I believe that when you turn off the ability to shut down with the system x, it all goes away. At least it does in v7. I am working hard on v9 at this point, so I have it set for my use. Later, I will lock it down like I did v7 and I think that x will go away. Not sure yet.

                Dave Mason
                [email protected]
                Skype is dave.mason46