Optimizing reports

How you design and set up a report can directly impact the performance of the report as it’s printed. Use the following guidelines to optimize the reports you create.

Use text reports

Use text reports when you want maximum performance printing reports. Text reports are simpler than graphics reports, so they print much faster. The Report Writer has also been optimized for maximum performance when printing text reports.

Page layout

An efficient page layout can improve performance by reducing the total number of pages used to print the report. Don’t use a landscape layout unless the information on the report requires the wider format. Using columns can also increase the amount of information on a page.

Keys and sorting order

When sorting the report, always try to use an existing key for the primary table used on the report. It takes longer to generate a report when a separate sorting order is used.

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