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Crystal Reports: Page breaks for a group

One of the reasons for creating a group in Crystal Reports is to have each group start on a new page.

There are several situations which can be easy to control if you understand how the section expert works with "New Page Before" or New Page After." You can use either of these properties to set page breaks, but we find it is simpler to focus on using just one of these.

If you’ve just got one level of group in your report, set your "New Page Before" on Group Header 1. To get rid of the blank first page this creates, you also need to suppress the "Report Header" section.

If you have multiple groups in your report, and you want a page break for a lower level group (e.g. Group 3), suppress the higher level group headers, and set "New Page Before" on your selected group (in this case Group 3). Depending on how often you want to see the higher level group names, you can put the Group 1 Name and Group 2 Name objects in either the Page Header or the Group 3 Header sections.

You can make page breaks conditional. This is ideal for fixed layout reports like invoices and cheques. Use a variable to behave as a line counter and keep track of the lines as you print them.


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