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How Do I Create a Banded Report in Crystal Reports?

A client asked me "How can one change the banding on his simple list report, to alternate every 2 records?"


Using the MOD function, this divides one number by another and returns the remainder.

  1. Right click on the Details section margin
  2. Select the Section Expert menu option
  3. In the Section Expert dialog box, click on the Color tab
  4. Press the Conditional Formating [X-2] button
  5. Enter the following formula:
if (RecordNumber+1) mod 4 < 2 then Color(242,255,242) else Color(253,234,252)


Note: If the (RecordNumber +1) is not added the first record will always be incorrect colour.


It follows that to create a report that alternates colours every 3 records, the formula is:


if (RecordNumber+2) mod 6 < 3 then Color(242,255,242) else Color(253,234,252)

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