17.2 Create a Data Model and a Group Left Layout

When you are creating a single-query report, such as this one, you can use the Report Wizard to create the data model and layout simultaneously.

To create a data model and layout:

  1. Launch Reports Builder (or, if already open, choose File > New > Report)

  2. In the Welcome or New Report dialog box, select Use the Report Wizard, then click OK.

  3. If the Welcome page displays, click Next.

  4. On the Report Type page, select Create Paper Layout Only, then click Next.

  5. On the Style page, type a Title for your report, select Group Left, then click Next.

  6. On the Data Source page, click SQL Query, then click Next.

  7. On the Data page, enter the following SELECT statement in the Data Source definition field:



    You can enter this query in any of the following ways:
    • Copy and paste the code from the provided text file called heading_code.txt into the Data Source definition field.

    • Click Query Builder to build the query without entering any code manually.

    • Type the code in the Data Source definition field.

  8. Click Next.


    If you are not already connected to a database, you will be prompted to connect to the database when you click Query Builder or Next. Ensure that you connect to a database that has the appropriate schema for this example. Section 17.1, "Prerequisites for This Example" describes the sample schema requirements for this example.
  9. On the Groups page, click DEPARTMENT_ID and click the right arrow (>) to move this field to the Group Fields list, then click Next.

  10. On the Fields page, click the double right arrows (>>) to move all of the fields to the Displayed Fields list, then click Next.

  11. On the Totals page, click Next.

  12. On the Labels page, change the labels as follows, then click Next:

    Fields Labels
    DEPARTMENT_ID Department
    JOB_ID Job

  13. On the Template page, click Finish to display your report output in the Paper Design view.

  14. In the Paper Design view, click the first number value underneath the Salary label.


    If you are familiar with format mask syntax, you could now right-click the field values, choose Property Inspector, and choose or manually enter a value for the Format Mask property.
  15. Click the Currency button in the toolbar. A currency symbol immediately appears next to all of the values.

  16. Click the Add Decimal Place button twice. Two decimal places are added to the right of the decimal point.

  17. Resize the field by clicking and dragging the rightmost handle of the field approximately 0.5 inches (1.5 centimeters) to the left.

  18. Shift-click the Salary label itself.

  19. Click the Align Right button in the toolbar. All of the values and the Salary label are immediately right aligned.

  20. Click the first department number value under the Department label to select it.

  21. Click the Align Center button in the toolbar.

    Your report should look something like this:

    Figure 17-2 Group left report output with values formatted

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    Description of "Figure 17-2 Group left report output with values formatted"

  22. Save your report as headingdb_your_initials.rdf.