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TextBox

TextBox can be used to display static text for titles, highlighting key information, descriptions and labels or dynamic text set based on expressions.

Add a textbox to the report

  1. The textbox report item is listed in the item panel under the Basic Items category. Textbox listed in item panel
  2. Drag and drop the textbox report item into the design area from the item panel. Drag and drop textbox report item into design area
  3. Once you drop the textbox item into design area, respective textbox properties will be listed in the properties panel. Textbox item with properties view

Properties

In textbox report item you can view and set properties for the textbox report item and each content in the textbox. (i.e Paragraph).

To view and edit overall textbox properties select the textbox report item in design area. Now, the textbox properties will be listed in the properties panel like below.

Textbox item with properties view

To view and edit the selected text properties, focus inside the text area. Now, the selected text properties will be listed in the properties panel like below.

Textbox item with properties view

Refer the Properties panel section before proceeding with the below properties.

Common properties

The following are the common properties for textbox and selected text:

Basic Settings

Font

The font family, font size, font color, font style, and font weight properties are used to style the content in the textbox. You can apply these font properties to the over all textbox content or specific content in a textbox.

Font Family

Supported font family names are listed in the drop-down under Basic Settings category. To change the Font Family of the textbox, choose the required font family from the drop-down list.

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Font Color

To set font color for the content in the textbox, click on the color palette icon and choose the required color in the Color Palette

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Font Size

Font size property allows you to increase the size of the text in the textbox. You can increase the font size using the numeric drop-down highlighted in below snap.

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Font Styles

To change font style of the content in textbox, choose the required font style in the Font Style drop-down list. Following are the supported font styles:

  • Default
  • Normal
  • Italic

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Font Weight

To change the font weight of the content in textbox, choose the required type of font weight property from the drop-down list.

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Text Decoration

Text decoration property sets the appearance of decorative lines on text.

  • None - Produces no text decoration.
  • Underline - Each line of text is underlined.
  • Overline - Each line of text has a line above it.
  • Line-through - Each line of text has a line through the middle.

Underline and Overline decorations are positioned under the text, line-through over it.

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Format

Format property is used format an entire text box or specific text, numbers, expressions, or fields within the text box. To open the format dialog click on the icon highlighted in the below snap or you can type the format directly in the textbox.

Textbox item with properties view

To apply Number, Currency, Date, Time, Scientific, Percentage or Custom formats using format dialog follow the steps provided in Format section.

You can specify a hyperlink inside the textbox content to link another report. Select the Enable Link checkbox, to enable the sub properties.

Border width

To set the hyperlink to a selected text or over all textbox follow the steps provided in Linking section.

Textbox properties

The following properties are only specific to the over all textbox item:

Alignment

Text Alignment

You can align the textbox content or specific content in a textbox using the Text Alignment property. Choose the respective text alignment property from the drop-down list to align the text in Left, Right, or Center positions.

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Vertical alignment

You can align the textbox content or specific content in a textbox in Top, Middle, and Bottom positions. Choose the required vertical alignment property from the drop-down list.

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Line height

Line height property is used to increase space between lines of a textbox. Increase or decrease the values in numeric dropdown to set the line height.

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Appearance

The border style, color, width and background color properties are used to style the textbox and customize its appearance in the report design. These properties are listed under the Appearance category in the properties panel.

Textbox appearance settings

Background color

Using the background color property you can color the textbox background. To set background color using properties panel refer Background color section.

Border

Border properties are used to add or customize the border around a textbox item to visually separate items in the report design. To set border properties to the textbox item using properties panel refer Border Properties section.

Position

Position property is used to set the width, height, left and top position of the textbox in the report design. To handle these properties using properties panel refer Position section.

Visibility

Visibility property is used to conditionally show or hide the textbox report item on report preview or export action. To set visibility of textbox item using properties panel refer Visibility section.

Miscellaneous

Visibility property

Can Grow

Enable this property to expand the Textbox height vertically based on their content while previewing the text.

Can Shrink

Enable this property to shrink the Textbox height vertically based on their content while previewing the text.

Custom Attributes

This property can be used to set the values for textbox custom properties. To create and assign values for custom properties using properties panel refer Custom Properties section.

Tooltip

Tooltip property can be used to display informative text or value, when the user hovers over on the report item in report preview. To set tooltip for textbox report item using properties panel refer Tooltip section.

Localization

Direction

The Direction property can be used to configure the content rendering direction for textbox report item. On preview, content in the textbox will be rendered based on the provided direction. You can set either Right-To-Left or Left-To-Right direction.

Text direction

By default, content renders in Left-To-Right direction.

Left-To-Right report preview:

Left-To-Right direction

Right-To-Left report preview:

Right-To-Left direction

Language

The Language property can be used to set the locale on a textbox which determines the default formats for displaying report data in textbox. Select the required language in the Language property dropdown.

Report Language

The language property on a text box overrides the language property on the report.

Selected Text properties

Markup Type

Markup type property can be used to render the selected text as plain text or HTML-formatted text. Select the required text and choose the type in Markup Type property dropdown.

Textbox Markup Type

Plain Text - Displays the selected text as simple text and the HTML will be treated as literal text.

HTML - Displays the selected text as HTML. If the expression value or values from dataset field contains a valid HTML tags, these tags will be rendered as HTML. Refer Add HTML in to a report section to import HTML using textbox.

Paragraph Settings

Textbox item with properties view

Text Alignment

You can align the textbox content or specific content in a textbox using the Text Alignment property. Choose the required text alignment property from the drop-down list.

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Indent

To indent the text in the paragraph you can use this property. Increase/decrease the left and right indent in the text box using the numeric drop-down.

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Space

Using this property you can add space before and after the paragraphs in the textbox.

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Set expression

An expression can be set to few properties of the textbox report item to process the property values based on expressions. To set expressions to the textbox report item properties, refer Set Expression section.

Reset expression

To Reset the expression applied to a property, refer Reset Expression section.

Advanced properties

Few properties of the textbox report contains nested properties. To open and handle nested properties, refer Advanced Properties section.

Design RDL report using textbox

Refer Design RDL report using textbox section to learn how to position, style, format, link report, add hyperlink in a textbox.