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DCBS web reports

The following topics describe how to use the interface for DCBS Actuate web reports.

Not all reports in the Report Catalog are Actuate reports.

Using reports from a web

You can view DCBS report documents over the Web without the need to install any desktop software aside from a standard web that supports Javascript and Dynamic HTML (DHTML).

Viewing reports

When you view a report, you see a layout like the following sample. It has 3 different zones.

1. The top area is used for navigation outside of the report.

2. The horizontal dark teal bar is for navigation inside the report. It is called the toolbar. Use the toolbar to navigate through the report, search the report, and save data from the report.

3. The large area displays the report itself.

The Toolbar

The toolbar controls perform the following functions:

  •  ToC  hides and shows the report's table of contents. Using the table of contents, you can go to a specific section of the report. More on the TOC.

  • The next 4 links move you between pages of the report

  • Enter a page number and press the  Goto  button to go directly to a page.

  • To change the report page size, select a percentage size from the list. The setting remains until you change the percentage. DCBS reports are usually displayed at a size of 75%.

  •  Search  allows you to search for specific data in a report and to select parts of a report for downloading. More on search.

  •  Download  lets you save the report in different formats (such as a RTF, an Excel file, a PowerPoint file, or a PDF).

  •  Print  - In order to print a report or selected pages from a report, you must first click this button to create a PDF document. Once you have the PDF document on your PC, you can print the pages you want. More on Printing.
  •  Help  displays this document.
Printing - Saving and Printing as a PDF

Use  Print  to either print, or save all or part of your report in Adobe PDF format on your local machine.

After you select  Print , you see the following page.

1. Select a page range. For the Pages option (bottom), enter the pages to save. You can enter a series of pages separated by commas, for example 1,3,7, or a range of pages separated by a hyphen, for example, 5-10. Pages generate in ascending order.

2. Then click on either  OK  to begin printing the page or  Cancel  to close the print dialog box and go to Acrobat Reader


A.  Tip:  After you click either button, Microsoft Internet Explorer might not display PDF report pages correctly in the . If you are using Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0, upgrading to version 4.05 might solve this problem. Otherwise, press F5 to refresh the viewing window, or save the PDF report to a local disk before viewing

B. Depending on the memory available on your system, the Adobe Acrobat reader can have problems opening or viewing large PDF files. When saving a large number of pages to PDF, your web can display a time out message before saving is complete. You can save the pages using multiple save operations.

C. When viewing, saving, or printing the PDF file, the PDF can appear different from the displayed report. The differences fall into the following categories:

  • Intentional differences are part of the report design implementation. Report designers can include or exclude some elements of the report from the PDF. For example, the report's table of contents, Scripting Controls, and images do not necessarily appear in the PDF.
  • Unintentional differences are those differences over which the report designer does not have full control, for example:
    • Linked or embedded objects such as images or spreadsheets in reports can cometimes cause problems. If a link to an object fails to produce the object in the PDF, an X appears in place of the object.
    • settings can affect wordwrap characteristics of the display.

Contact the DCBS report team if you experience problems that match the unintentional differences included in the preceding list.

Downloading Options  

  To save this report, you can choose from several different options. After clicking the download button, the following screen will appear:

From here you can choose to save or view your report as one of the following file types:

  1. PDF, with the ability to save the file as a low or high quality pdf.

  3. Excel Data, which can then be manipulated.

  5. Excel Display, which displays the report using Excel in much the same way it appears as a report.

  7. Power Point, to save the report as an editable presentation.

  9. RTF and Fully Editable RTF both save the report as a rich text format document that can be changed by your word processing program.

All of these options allow you to save the current page of the report you are on, the whole report, or a range of pages.

Saving search results

In Download search results as, you can choose to save search results to a file in several formats as shown in the following illustration.


The only fields that can be downloaded are those that are selected and added to the search window.

Choose  Go  to save or display the data. The prompts for information about how to handle the file. Select open the file, or save file, and specify a file name.

If you choose to download and display the data, the data appears in one of the following forms:

  • Comma-delimited data appears in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet if you have Excel installed. For Netscape , to display the spreadsheet, navigate to a link to open Excel.

Excel has a limit to how much information you can import. See the Microsoft Excel documentation for limitations.

  • Tab-delimited data appears in a text editor, for example, Notepad.

Using the Table of Contents (ToC)

The  ToC  button on the tool bar displays a table of contents for the report when clicked.

It is a hyperlink-based device for navigating through the report.

If a subsection has a triangle next to it, hover the cursor over the triangle. If it changes to a downward pointing arrow, there are sub-topics available.

Not every report has a Table of Contents.


This sample shows the previous contents item, H, expanded.

If you then click on an item, you are taken to that section of the report.


In this example, the user clicked on the 2nd item listed under H, Hartford Credit Union Trust.