Once you’ve completed adding fields and objects to your report layout, you can view your report in one of several ways. You can send the report to a printer or a text file, or you can view it on your screen. To quickly view your report without leaving tools mode, follow these steps:
Be sure to save any changes you may have made.
Once a report is selected, choose Print Report from the Report Destination button drop list in the Resource Explorer toolbar. The Report Destination window will appear.
If any errors were encountered in the processing of the report, the appropriate error messages will be displayed at this point. If no errors were encountered, the report will print to the specified destination.
Reports that access temporary tables won’t print properly in tools mode. To view such reports, you must run them in test mode or with the runtime engine. Similarly, reports in applications that support pathnames and store the tables in locations other than in the same location as the application dictionary won’t print properly in tools mode. The tables accessed by a report must be in the same location as the application dictionary for the report to run in tools mode.
Reports viewed in this manner may not necessarily appear as they would had you run the report from your application using the run report or run report with name statement. For example, if your report includes legends, those fields will not print, because the values for legend fields aren’t set until runtime. Also, whether your report contains any data depends on whether the application’s tables contain data. If there is no data to be included in the report, either because no data tables exist or because none of the data meets the report criteria, table fields in the layout will be blank. However, text and other objects added with tools from the Toolbox will appear.