How to align resize and centre objects on reports

Summary

Within Sage Report Designer you can use the Alignment option to align a number of objects to a position within the document. You also have the option to centre an object within a section and make objects the same size. This article explains how to align, resize and centre objects when editing reports.

Answer

These are the basic steps that explain how to align, resize and centre objects on your report. They include:

  • To open your report in Report Designer and change the report description
  • To select the objects you want to align, resize or centre
  • To align objects
  • To make objects the same size
  • To centre an object within a section
  • To save the changes to your report

To open your report in Report Designer and change the report description

1. Open the required module > Tasks pane > click the reports option > select the required report > click Edit.

Sage 50 HR 2010 v3.0 and below – Open the required module > Tasks pane > click the reports option > select the required report > click Open.

2. Properties pane > Name > enter a new description for the report > Enter.

To select the objects you want to align, resize or centre

  • Report Designer > click the first object you want to select > hold down the Ctrl key > click each of the other objects you want to select > release the Ctrl key.

 To align objects

  • Report Designer > select the objects you want to align > Format > Alignment > choose the alignment option as required.

To make objects the same size

  • Report Designer > select the objects you want to make the same size > Format > Make Same Size > choose Width, Heights or Both as required. For further information about the make same size options, please refer to the detailed steps tab.

To centre an object within a section

  • Report Designer > select the object you want to centre > Format > Centre In Section > choose Horizontally or Vertically as required.

To save the changes to your report

1. File > Save As > if required, change the location to save the report to, for example, Employment.

2. File name > enter a new file name > Save > File > Exit.

Note: If you can’t see any of the Sage Report Designer panes mentioned in this article, for example, the Properties pane, open the View menu and choose the required pane. If the pane does not appear, to reset the Sage Report Designer desktop view to its default, open the Tools menu, choose Options then select the Reset Settings check box. For these settings to take effect, you must close and reopen Sage Report Designer. You can then open the required panes from the View menu.

The following detailed steps contain everything you need to help you to align, resize and centre objects on your report.

To open your report in Report Designer and change the report description

1. To open a report in Sage Report Designer, from the navigation bar, click the required area, for example, Appraisal, then
from the Tasks pane, click the relevant Reports option, for example, Appraisal Reports.

2. In the Reports window, from the right-hand pane, select the required report.

To open the report in Sage Report Designer, from the Reports toolbar, click Edit.

Sage 50 HR 2010 v3.0 and below – To open the report in Sage Report Designer, from the Reports toolbar, click Open.

Note: If the Open Company window appears, select the required company, click OK, enter your logon details for that company, then click OK again.

1. In the Properties pane select Name, enter a new description for the report then press Enter.

You have now opened your report in Report Designer and entered a new report description. You can now align, resize or centre objects as required. For further information, please refer to the following sections.

To select the objects you want to align, resize or centre

  • Within Report Designer, click the first object you want to select then hold down the Ctrl key and click each of the other objects you want to select, then release the Ctrl key.

You have now selected the objects you want to align, resize or centre.

To align objects

Left Aligns all objects horizontally to the left-hand side of the object first selected.
Right Aligns all objects horizontally to the right-hand side of the object first selected.
Centres Aligns all objects horizontally to the centre of the object first selected.
Top Aligns all objects vertically to the top of the object first selected.
Bottom Aligns all objects vertically to the bottom of the object first selected.
Middle Aligns all objects vertically to the middle of the object first selected.
Grid The objects selected snap to the nearest grid corners when using the snap to grid setting.

 To make objects the same size

Width Makes all other objects the same width as the object first selected.
Heights Makes all other objects the same height as the object first selected.
Both Makes all other objects the same height and width as the object first selected.

To centre an object within a section

Within Sage Report Designer, select the object you want to centre. For further information about this, please refer to the section To select the objects you want to align, resize or centre earlier in this article.

Open the Format menu, choose Centre In Section, then select either Horizontally or Vertically.

You have now centred the objects within their current report section. The next time you run the report, the new object position is shown.You should make any further changes required then save your report. For further information about how to save the amended report, please refer to the following section.

 To save changes to your report

To save the changes to your report, open the File menu and choose Save As.

From the Save As window, in the File name box, enter a file name for your amended report.

The Save As window displays the current location of the report. If you want to save your report in an alternative folder, browse to the required folder.

To save the report, click Save.

To close Sage Report Designer, open the File menu and choose Exit.

You have now saved the changes to your report.

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