Format reports

Tekla Structural Designer
2021
Tekla Structural Designer

Format reports

Tekla Structural Designer provides you with default page header and footer layouts for your reports. However, you can also create, use and save different layouts according to your needs.

You can also modify the appearance of the report body. You can adjust, for example, paragraph styles, page margins and numbering, tables, and headers or footers.

Enter company details in the header

  1. On the Report tab, create the desired report and click Show Report.

    The report is displayed.

  2. On the Report tab, click Edit Header.

    The Document headers/footers dialog box opens.

  3. Go to the Headers page.
  4. In the Available layouts list, select an existing layout that contains an Address cell.
  5. Go to the Fields page.
  6. In the Available fields list, select Address.
  7. In the list on the right, select the necessary company details and click << to include them in the report.
  8. To define the text displayed in each included field, select the field in the left Available fields list and type the desired text in the Displayed value field.
  9. To insert the company logo in the header, select Company Logo in the left Available fields list and click ... to browse to the desired image.
    Tip:
    • Large logos are automatically resized to within the column width in which they are placed. However, using smaller images in PNG format saves memory and speeds up exporting reports.
    • To include more images in the header, click Add Image Field, type a name for the field and selected the desired image.
  10. Click OK.

    The company details are displayed in the report header.

Enter project-specific details in the header

  1. On the Home tab, click Project Wiki.

    The Project Wiki dialog box opens.

  2. On the Project Summary page, type the project details in the available fields.
  3. Click OK.

    The project details are saved.

    Note:

    When you go back to the Report tab, remember to update the report to display the project details in the header.

Create a new header or footer layout

  1. On the Report tab, create the desired report and click Show Report.

    The report is displayed.

  2. On the Report tab, click Edit Header.

    The Document headers/footers dialog box opens.

  3. According to your needs, go to the Headers or Footers page.
  4. In the Available layouts section, click New.
  5. Type a name for the new layout in the Name field.
  6. According to your needs, do some of the following to adjust the header layout:
    ToDo this
    Remove an existing field and create an empty shell
    1. Hover the mouse pointer over the field in the Current layout section until the field name is highlighted.
    2. Click the field that you want to remove it and replace it with an empty cell.
    OptionDescription
    Place a field into an empty cell or replace an existing field
    • Hold down the left mouse button and drag the field from the Available fields list into the desired cell.
    OptionDescription
    Merge cells
    • Hold down the left mouse button and drag over the cells that you want to merge.
    Note:

    To unjoin previously merged cells, right-click the merged cell and in the context menu, select Unjoin.

    OptionDescription
    Modify the field alignment within a shell
    1. Right-click the required cell in the layout.
    2. In the context menu, set the horizontal and vertical alignment options as required.
    OptionDescription
    Insert or remove rows or columns or change their alignment
    1. Right-click the layout.
    2. In the context menu, select the desired command.
    OptionDescription
    Change column type, width and alignment in the layout
    1. Under the Current layout section, click Edit...
    2. Adjust the column properties according to your needs.
    3. Click OK.
  7. Click OK.

    The new layout is created.

Adjust and apply report settings

Report settings allow you to modify the appearance of reports. You can adjust, for example, paragraph styles, page margins and numbering, tables, and headers or footers.

  1. On the Report tab, click Settings.

    The Settings dialog box opens.

  2. In the Settings dialog box, do one or more of the following to adjust the report settings:
    To Do this
    Customize the paragraph styles in the different areas of the report
    1. Go to the Styles page.
    2. Adjust the settings according to your needs.
    Adjust the page margin width, page numbering, and margin frame
    • Go to the Page Options page.
    • Adjust the settings according to your needs.
    Adjust the appearance of tables
    • Go to the Table Options page.
    • Adjust the settings according to your needs.
    Define whether headers and footers are displayed, adjust image width and paragraph spacing, and control page breaks
    • Go to the Document Options page.
    • Adjust the settings according to your needs.
    Adjust the appearance of fonts used in pictures and force diagrams
    • Go to the Picture Fonts page.
    • Adjust the settings according to your needs.
  3. Click OK.

    Provided that you adjusted the report settings of an active settings set, the new report settings are applied to the report.

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