Course Code: 859

Crystal Reports 2011/2008 Designer 2 Workshop

Class Dates:
2 Days
Class Time:


  • Course Overview
  • This two-day workshop is designed to enhance your basic report writing skills and move you into creating more complex reports. Time will be spent walking you through the tips and tricks of advanced report writing along with a good amount of hands on practice. In addition, you will cover professional design, techniques, sub-reporting and advanced formulas. This course incorporates a number of hands on exercises that reinforce the learning process
  • Audience
  • Crystal Reports came integrated with Visual Studio versions prior to 2010. Crystal Reports competes with several solutions in the Microsoft market, such as SQL Server Reporting Services, XtraReports, ActiveReports, Telerik Reporting, and List & Label. Crystal Reports also provides solutions outside of the Microsoft market, for instance allowing Java developers to build applications with Crystal Reports components.


  • Working knowledge of Windows 2000-12/XP/Vista environment is required. Familiarity with relational database concepts (tables, fields and records) is strongly recommended.
  • Recommended Courses:

  • Crystal Reports 2011/2008 Designer 1 Workshop

Course Details

  • Refresher Exercise
  • Review of Planning a Report
  • Creating the Report
  • Placing Fields on the Report
  • Creating the Formulas
  • Advanced Grouping
  • Selecting Certain Records
  • Helpful Hints for Formatting the Report
  • Adding and Working with Text Objects
  • Hiding and Suppressing Sections
  • Guidelines
  • Power Formatting with Multiple Sections
  • Using Multiple Sections in Reports
  • Using the Section Expert to Work with Sections
  • Conditionally Formatting Multiple Sections
  • Challenge Exercise - Formatting with Multiple Sections
  • Challenge Exercise - Conditionally Formatting Using DrillDownGroupLevel
  • Using the Running Totals Feature
  • Understanding Running Totals
  • Creating Running Totals for a List of Numbers
  • Conditional Running Totals
  • Challenge Exercise - Creating a Conditional Running Total
  • Prompting with Parameters
  • Parameter Field Considerations
  • Creating a Parameter Field
  • Using a Parameter to Select Records
  • Using the Parameter Panel
  • Creating a Dynamic Value List for Parameter Values
  • Importing a Pick List
  • Adding Parameter Values to Text Objects
  • Allowing Multiple Values in Parameters
  • Using Multiple Parameter Fields in Reports
  • Specifying and Limiting a Range
  • Using Parameters in Conditional Formatting
  • Prompting with Parameters (cont...)
  • Using an Edit Mask to Limit String Parameters
  • Sorting with a Parameter
  • Using a parameter to set N in a Top N Report
  • Cascading Parameters
  • Challenge Exercise - Using and Displaying Parameters
  • Using Advanced Formula Features
  • Understanding How Crystal Reports Processes the Data
  • What Is a Pass?
  • Using Evaluation Time Functions
  • Working with Variables
  • Declaring a Variable
  • Assigning a Value to a Variable
  • Using a Variable in a Formula
  • Variable Scope
  • Separating Statements in Complex Formulas
  • Working with Arrays
  • Understanding the Evaluation Time Debugger
  • Challenge Exercise - Understand and Set Up the YTD Comparison Report