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Setting the report type and size

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Last modified April 24, 2009
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About setting the report type and size

Note: This topic was updated for 9.3.1.

You can make two different types of reports—tabular or columnar.

When creating a report, you can specify the size you want. The size you choose will depend on how you plan to use the report. If you plan to print it out on paper, you'll typically use a common paper size. If you plan to incorporate it onto your map layout, you'll want to set a page size that's close to the actual size of the space available on the layout. That way, the text sizes you specify in the report will be the same on the map layout.

The page size you set initially determines the height and width of the report. You can, however, increase the width to accommodate the data you want to display. If the width exceeds the printer page size, the report will print on additional pages.

How to set the report type and size

Setting the report type

  1. Click the Display tab on the Report Properties dialog box.
  2. Click Report.
  3. Click the Style property, then click the drop-down arrow and click Tabular or Columnar.
  4. For a columnar report, set the Column Count and Column Style properties.

Setting the report width

  1. Click the Display tab on the Report Properties dialog box.
  2. Click Report.
  3. Double-click the Width property and type a width in inches.

Setting the report's page size, orientation, and margin

  1. Click the Display tab on the Report Properties dialog box.
  2. Click Report.
  3. Click the Page Setup property and click the button to display the Page Setup dialog.
  4. Click the Paper Size drop-down arrow and click the size you want.
  5. If you're incorporating the report on a layout, choose a size that's close to the available space on the layout.
  6. Click Portrait or Landscape.
  7. Type the Left, Right, Top, and Bottom margins.
  8. Click OK.


  • While you can set the report width independently, the report height is determined by the paper size. However, by adjusting the page margins, you can precisely control the report size.
  • Compose your report at the size you want it to be on your layout. Choose the paper size so that the report will fit in the available space. Then, you can adjust the margins of the page to get the exact size you need. This will ensure that the text on the report is sized correctly. You can still reduce or enlarge the report as it appears on the layout.

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