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Description

The Text shape component creates a text area for static or data key bound content. It is used for report titles, customized page headers and footers, and of course, any additional text you want to add to a report. Select the Text Shape on the Report Component Palette to make it active, draw a rectangle in your Report Designer, and begin entering text. After it is created, you can move the Text component around, expand it, or shrink it by using the handles when the component is selected. The Text Shape component has two tabs; the Edit Text and Properties tabs.

The Edit Text tab has a set of functions on the right side of the tab to quickly edit the text, like changing the font type, size, style, and color. These same properties may also be modified from the Properties tab. Properties that are modified will usually affect all text in that object regardless of specific text selection. The Properties tab has a lot of properties associated with Text Shape component, including Data Key Format Properties for Date and Number formats by simply choosing a format from the list of available templates.

Properties
Edit Text TabPropertyDescription

Insert data key

Select font and size

Bold

Italic

Underline

Superscript

Subscript

Choose font color


Properties TabPropertyDescriptionCategory

TextText to display in the shape.Text Properties
Text ColorColor of the text.Text Properties
Character SpacingAmount of extra spacing to add between characters. Negative spacing makes characters closer together.Text Properties
Coalesce NewlinesIf true, consecutive line breaks will be merged into one.Text Properties
FontFont to use for the text.Text Properties
Horizontal AlignmentHorizontal alignment for text.Text Properties
Line SpacingSpacing between lines of text. 1 is single spacing, 2 is double spacing, etc.Text Properties
MarginsMargin between text and bounds of shape in pixels. Format is top; left; bottom; right.Text Properties
Overflow Behavior

How text that overflows the bounds of the shape should be handled.

  • Paginate - text is pushed to the next page if the number of characters exceed the shape.
  • Shrink text to fit - text fits into the shape when expanded, and the font is smaller when previewed or printed.
  • Grow row - text fits into the shape and shows when the shape is expanded, previewed, or printed.
Text Properties
UnderlinedIf true, use underlined text.Text Properties
Vertical AlignmentVertical alignment for text.Text Properties
Date FormatFormat to use for dates in this shape.Data Key Format Properties
Null FormatFormat to use for null values in this shape.Data Key Format Properties
Number FormatFormat to use for numbers in this shape.Data Key Format Properties
Negative in RedIf true, show negative numbers in red.Data Key Format Properties
FillIf true, the shape will fill its space with color.Stroke and Fill
Fill ColorIf Fill is selected, the color that will fill the shape.

Stroke and Fill

OpacityHow opaque the Fill color is, between 0 and 1.Stroke and Fill
Stroke StyleWhat style of stroke or border to use: Hidden; Shape Outline; Border; Double. To learn more about stroke styles, refer to Stroke and Fill Properties.Stroke and Fill
Stroke

Details for the chosen stroke. Each Stroke has its own properties depending on the Stroke Style chosen.

Stroke and Fill
RadiusAmount to radius the corners of this shape if using a Stroke.Rectangle Shape
RollNumber of degrees this shape is rotated clockwise.Basic Properties
Scale XAmount to scale the width of this shape. 1 is scale to 100%.Basic Properties
Scale YAmount to scale the height of this shape. 1 is scale to 100%.

Basic Properties

VisibleIf true, the shape will be visible.Basic Properties
WidthWidth of this shape in pixels.Basic Properties
HeightHeight of this shape in pixels.Basic Properties
XHorizontal distance in pixels between the left edge of this shape and the left edge of the page.Basic Properties
YVertical distance in pixels between the upper edge of this shape and the top edge of the page.Basic Properties
Example



Text Shape - Used Car Inventory ReportPropertyValue

TextUsed Car Inventory Report
Text ColorBlue, Bold
Font Size24 pixels


Text Shape - August 2017PropertyValue

TextAugust 2017
Text ColorBlue
Font Size18 pixels

 

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