The Layout tab appears when you have the details section selected and the Format with Multiple Columns checkbox is marked on the Common tab.

Use the Layout tab to set up the report in a multi-column format. That is, instead of having the data print straight down the page, you can set up multiple columns and have the data flow from column to column. You can also have the data print across then down the page, printing one record in each column, then printing a second record in each column, then a third, etc. The dialog box is divided into four smaller boxes.

Detail size

This box enables you to specify the dimensions (height and width) of one detail. Determine how wide you want each detail to be (based on number of characters, font size, etc.) and enter that value in the Width edit box.

Determine how high you want each detail to be (based on number of lines in the detail, font size, etc.) and enter that value in the Height edit box.

Gap between details

This box enables you to specify the empty area (gap, gutter, etc.) you want to allow between details. Horizontal = the gaps between details going across the page, Vertical = the gaps between details going down the page.


Determine the gaps you want to allow. Enter the horizontal gap in the Horizontal edit box and enter the vertical gap in the Vertical edit box.

Printing direction

The Printing direction box enables you to specify the path the program follows when printing the details on a report page. The options are:

  • Across then Down -
    Prints details across the columns, one detail in the first column, one in the next, one in the next, etc. Then, when all the columns have a detail, the program moves down the page and prints a second detail in the first column, then in the second, etc.
  • Down then Across - Prints details down the first column, then down the second column, etc.


Format groups with multiple column

Select this check box if you want the program to format groups with multiple columns using the Width, Gap between Details, and Printing Directions specified for the selected section.