When creating a report, Crystal Reports automatically creates five areas in the Design tab:

  1. Report Header

    This section is typically used for the report title and other information you want to appear at the beginning of the report. It can also be used for charts and cross-tabs that include data for the entire report.

  2. Page Header

    This section is typically used for information that you want to appear at the top of each page. This can include such things as chapter names, the name of the document, and other similar information. This section can also be used to display field titles above the fields on a report.

  3. Details

    This section is used for the body of the report, and is printed once per record. The bulk of the report data typically appears in this section.

  4. Report Footer

    This section is used for information you want to appear only once at the end of the report (such as grand totals) and for charts and cross-tabs that include data for the entire report.

  5. Page Footer

    This section typically contains the page number and any other information you want to appear on the bottom of each page.


If a group, summary, or subtotal is added to the report, the program creates two additional sections:

  1. Group Header

    This section typically holds the group name field, and can be used to display charts or cross-tabs that include data specific to the group. It is printed once at the beginning of a group.

  2. Group Footer

    This section typically holds the summary value, if any, and can be used to display charts or cross-tabs. It is printed once at the end of a group.
    When a group, summary, or subtotal is added, the Group Header area appears directly above the Details area and the Group Footer area appears directly below the Details area.


If you set up additional groups, the program creates new group areas between the Details area and the existing Group Header and Group Footer area(s).

Like the original areas, each of these newly added areas can contain one or more sections. By default, they each contain a single section.