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In this article we look at some of the basic steps for adding a label in a Finished Report. We also provide some tips that might help you become more efficient with labels.
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Why Use Labels?
Labels are one of the key components for building a Finished Report. Labels will be used to display all almost anything you need to display in the Finished Report (fields, expressions, etc.).
Steps To Add A Label
1. Open and run a View.
2. Click the Finished Reports Designer.
3. Click on the Label icon.
4. Place the label in a desired band.
5. Select the label and click the cog icon to the right of it.
6. Modify the properties in the Label Tasks menu.
Text: Sets a static text value to the label.
Example Text: Hello World
Text Result: Hello World
Expression: Creating an expression allows you to set static text, assign a field to the label, and even create powerful expressions to modify the data presented using fields, variables, functions and more.
The following expression would return the text in the single quotes and the value for the ContactName field for that record.
Example Expression: 'Contact Name: ' + [ContactName]
Expression Result: Contact Name: John Doe
Format String: Format strings are used to modify the format of the label. To use the Format String Editor, click on the ellipsis.
Example Format String: 3/11/2022
Format String Result: Using the format string MMMM d, yyyy returns March 11, 2022
Summary: The Summary option allows you to set what level (group/report/page) to sum the label for.
Example: Group Summary - Grouped on Employee ID
Example: Report Summary - Grouped on Employee ID
Employee 1: $300
Employee 2: $100
Employee 3: $500
7. Check / Uncheck boxes for the labels sizing / spacing properties.
Auto Width: Sets whether or not the width of a label depends on its text.
Can Grow: Sets if the label’s height can grow in order to display the contents in their entirety.
Can Shrink: Sets whether the labels height can decrease if its contents do not completely fill the label.
Multiline: Sets whether carriage return characters split the label’s text into multiple lines.
Word Wrap: Sets whether a label automatically wraps words to the beginning of the next line when necessary.