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New version relased
MTR - Print v1.9.0319 has been released, you can read the most important improvements here.

Frequent questions about the designer




1 . Why does the "Control's boundaries are too small for the barcode" message appear in preview screen?
This message appears when the barcode area is too small to represent it. You can solve it in two ways:
  • Increment the barcode size until this message disappears.
  • Select the barcode control. In the Property grid search the AutoModule property and set it to "True".
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2 . Why, when previewing a document, the controls (labels, barcodes, etc.) appear inside a black square?
That is because the controls have the Border property enabled.
To disable it, go to the designer and select the controls that should not have border. Then, in the Property grid search the Borders property and set it to "None".
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3 . Why does small red squares appear on the upper right side of some controls?
This small square means that the control is overlapping another control. This could result in problems when exporting to some formats.
To solve it, move the overlapping controls until the red square disappers.
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4 . How can I change the barcode type (EAN, EAN13, CodeBar...)?
First of all, select the barcode control. A small white square will appear on the upper right side of the control. Click on the square and choose the barcode type you want on the Symbology list.
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5 . How can I numerate pages, add the current date, etc.?
To numerate pages, you should use the Page info control, just dragging it to the design area. Then click on the small white square of the upper right side of the control to see options menu. With the Page info option you can choose the kind of information you want to show, and with the Format option you can choose how this information is shown.
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6 . How can I print landscape documents?
First of all, click on the dark area of the designer, outside of the document limits.
Then search the Landscape property and set it to "True".
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7 . How can I use another paper size (A3, A4, A4Small, etc.)?
First of all, click on the dark area of the designer, outside of the document limits.
Then search the PaperKind property and choose the page size you need. If none of them is suitable for your needs, choose the "Custom" option and modify the PageWidth and PageHeight properties
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8 . How can I add a title/image/header in a document that appears only once at the beginning?
You must add a new ReportHeader band. To do it, right-click on the design area and select Insert Band -> ReportHeader. A new band will appear. Just insert in it the content you want to appear in the beginning of the report.
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9 . How can I create a text with only some bold/italic/underlined words?
Use a Rich text control instead a label control. Then select the words you want to modify and use the suitable button of the formatting toolbar.
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10 . Why when I look the preview of a report there is a blank page after every page with data?
This problem occurs when some control (label, table, etc.) surpass the page widht and overlaps the right margin. To solve it you should reduce the conflictive control width or augment the page widht.
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11 . How can I insert a field of the data origin inside a sentence?
Write the text in the control you want to use (usually a label or a rich text) and write the name of the field within brackets [].
Example:
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12 . How can I use a watermark in my reports?
First of all, click on the dark area of the designer, outside of the document limits.

Then search the Watermark property and click on the ellipses to see the watermark options:
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13 . How can I fit my image inside the picture box control boundaries?
Click on the picture box that contains your image and then on the arrow that appears on the upper right corner.
Then select the ZoomImage option of the Image Sizing property:
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