A Multi-Column Report is a report which represents its data in
multiple columns or rows (depending upon the current multi-column settings).
This may be useful, for instance, when every Detail band shows only a small
amount of data, and it is necessary to print the next appearance of the Detail
band in a column right to it, so as to occupy the entire page width. Also, this
approach may be useful when creating cards or mailing labels with the
same content, and it is necessary to print a lot of cards of the same size on
many report pages.
When the multi-column mode is enabled, Detail bands can be repeated in one of
two ways: down and then across (in columns), or across and then
down (in rows). This option is specified via the MultiColumn.Direction
You have two options to define the multi-column layout:
The resulting multi-column layout also depends upon the MultiColumn.ColumnSpacing
property's value. This value specifies the space between the columns, and is
useful when it's necessary to adjust the layout of columns at design time, as
shown in the image below.
So, the MultiColumn.ColumnSpacing
property is auxiliary, and serves only to illustrate the space between columns
at design time. If you place some controls in the area specified by the MultiColumn.ColumnSpacing
property, then these controls will be printed in the standard way, as though
they were placed in the area specified by the MultiColumn.ColumnWidth
When creating a multi-column report in an unbound mode (for instance, to
print a fixed amount of labels or cards in a report), use the ReportPrintOptions.DetailCount
property, to specify how many times each row should be repeated.