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Figure shows the initial BusinessObjects interface. By default, only the Standard and Formula toolbars are displayed. Notice that there are three report tabs, each with a different report name and view to the data. To navigate to a new report, click the desired report tab.

The Status Bar
The status bar at the bottom of the BusinessObjects screen changes depending on what actions you perform on a document. If you refresh a query, it will display the progress of the query from analyzing to fetching. As you drag and drop cells or convert blocks to different formats, the lower-left corner of the status bar tells you what action will occur. The right side of the status bar tells you the last time the query executed and will warn you if the query did not run to completion.

View Options
You can modify view options to alter the way BusinessObjects displays documents. View | Page Layout will show the print header and footers. View | Structure will show the contents of a report with cells that contain formulas (see Figure 16-6 for an example). Structure mode is useful when you are trying to format large documents. View | Grid will display a grid behind the report components. This is useful for aligning different components. These different view options act as toggles to turn the modes on and off.

The toolbars enable you to access commonly used functions through buttons. By default, BusinessObjects displays the Standard and Formula toolbars. To have BusinessObjects display additional toolbars, select View | Toolbars and check the appropriate boxes.

The option Large Buttons will increase the size of the icon on the toolbar. Show Shortcut Keys In Tooltips will display the keyboard shortcut when your mouse moves over a particular button. For example, in Table, CTRL-O is a shortcut to open a document. Tooltips display the purpose of a particular button. Notice in the next button that BusinessObjects shows the tooltip (Open) as well as the shortcut (CTRL-O). Table lists buttons on the Standard toolbar. Other toolbars are reviewed in different chapters as they are used.

Buttons on the BusinessObjects Standard Toolbar

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