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Crystal Reports Preview Sample Feature

Recently I was delivering a Crystal Reports training session to a client, with a large dataset and a very slow network connection.  Rather than returning all the records, it would be better to return just a sample.

Crystal Reports has a feature that allows designers to return the first  x sample of the data, when previewing the reports.

To Preview a Sample of Records:

Crystal Reports 7.0 - 10:
  1. Go to the File Menu
  2. Select Print and then
  3. Select Preview Sample

Crystal Reports XI - 2008:
  1. Go to the View Menu
  2. Select Preview Sample

Resulting in the following Print Preview Sample dialog box:

Crystal Reports Preview Sample dialog box

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