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    Special effects on reports (Office 2000)

    Hi,
    I'm trying to have the "special effects" print on a report. In design view, I have check boxes either raised or sunken and they appear correctly in design view but when I preview the report, they go back to flat. Something else I should be doing?

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    Re: Special effects on reports (Office 2000)

    Have you tried viewing the report with different zoom percentages? Because a monitor has a lower resolution than a printer, it cannot display all details correctly at smaller zoom percentages.

    (Personally, I don't like special effects in print. They can be attractive on-screen, but are too "busy" on paper to my taste.)

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    Re: Special effects on reports (Office 2000)

    Hi Hans,
    I tried zooming to 150% and it's still flat. I tried printing a page and it's flat there too.

    Any other hints?
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    Re: Special effects on reports (Office 2000)

    Could it be a printer setting? When previewing or printing a report, Access formats it for the selected printer. Experiment with the printer settings, or if you have access to several printers, try selecting a different one (in the Page tab of File | Page Setup).

    Otherwise, I am stumped.

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    Re: Special effects on reports (Office 2000)

    If its a network printer, make sure that you have full access to the printer's properties to effect change. For the effect that you want, try adjusting the dithering. I am in agreement with Hans on this one with regard to effects on reports. It can really slow the printing down and unless everyone is using the same printer the end result varies. Sometimes, less is better.

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    Re: Special effects on reports (Office 2000)

    I don't recall ever seeing checkboxes print other than "flat" in any version of Access. If you try to apply raised or sunken formatting to a checkbox, it only shows in design view, not in print preview. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> Checkboxes are printed as a bitmap, I believe, so I wouldn't waste time trying anything fancy with them.
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    Re: Special effects on reports (Office 2000)

    Hi all,
    Thanks for your help. I finished the report without special effects and it looks fine. I agree with Hans and Swan that it's probably better without it.

    Thanks again,
    Louise

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    Re: Special effects on reports (Office 2000)

    If you want a better looking tick than the standard checkbox you can do it by creating a textbox which shows an upper-case P instead of True. Create an expression in the recordsource of the report like:

    ShowTick: IIf([SomeField]=True,"P","")

    Format it as the Wingdings 2 font.

    If you want a cross for False then ShowTick: IIf([SomeField]=False,"O","") will do.

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