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  • Page breaks for wide reports

    I need to print a wide (several columns) report. It will not fit on one page of legal landscape and the user is adamant that it not have multiple data rows on the same page for each row. She wants the report to print on one page then print another page that she can place beside the first in order to see all the information for each row. She wants the pages numbered so they can be easily placed in order. I don't know how to place a page break to the right of data to start a new page. Also how would I number the first left hand page 1 the first right hand page 2 then left hand 3, etc?

  • #2
    Re: Page breaks for wide reports

    How much money does she want to pay for this customization? I fear it's going to be very time consuming and difficult.

    Could you produce two reports and then let her marry the pages to each other after they both have run?

    Is she an Excel guru? Maybe you could dump the data to Excel and let her print it from there? This is sort of what it sounds like she wants anyway.

    Personally, this sounds like a case where the cost to achieve the desired result will far exceed the "benefit".

    If I were in your shoes I'd ask her how she prints her reports now? Maybe that will give you some ideas.


    • #3
      Re: Page breaks for wide reports

      Thanks Tom.
      She says that it is possible in Excel and Lotus why not in Alpha? This user has a high 'resistance to change' factor and has worked with Lotus extensively. I'm wondering if I could page number a report with odd number pages and the next report with even number pages. Do you know of a way to do that?


      • #4
        Re: Page breaks for wide reports

        If it were me I'd ask her to produce a sample for you to study. I think what she's specifically asking for might be very difficult even in Excel or Lotus.

        No, I'm sorry, can't help you with the page numbering.

        While the client is always right, it's smarter to avoid doing business with someone who has expectations that can't be satisfied.

        Perhaps others will chime in offering solutions for you that make my negativity look silly. I hope so!

        -- tom


        • #5
          Re: Page breaks for wide reports

          She says that it is possible in Excel and Lotus why not in Alpha?
          It is also possible in Excel and Lotus to completely destroy a spreadsheet by sorting on a column without all columns selected. Does she want that (dis)functionality built in as well? Rather than a report in Alpha I would offer her the ability to export the data to Excel, use Alpha's OLE methods to format the result and set the print options.

          Alpha can even direct the result to be printed.
          There can be only one.


          • #6
            Re: Page breaks for wide reports

            So prepare a table with the data as needed and then use Alpha DAO to export to excel.

            You'll have a nice excel sheet that she can then use the excel print options with.

            You may want to have a macro in excel that does some finalization of the look.

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            • #7
              Re: Page breaks for wide reports

              Thanks guys for your help. I had researched this and came to the same conclusions. This is a 'Prima Dona' type user that is very demanding and particular about how something is done. Unfortunately she signs my paycheck, I have to do what I can even when I know better.


              • #8
                Re: Page breaks for wide reports

                For your sake, I hope she doesn't read this forum. :)