The Inspector panel (also referred to as the Report Inspector) lists all the objects contained in a report in a tree structure (to display the panel, select Home/View > Inspector). You can edit the object properties in the panel to change the appearance of your report. This topic introduces the usages of the toolbar buttons, report structure tree, and Properties sheet that comprise the panel.
A page report contains one or more report tabs, and each report tab contains a report body. You can use the toolbar to focus on one of the three levels, namely, the report, report tab, and report body. For a web report, you can use the toolbar to switch between the web report and report body.
This button is useful for a page report. You can select it to only show the current report tab and its contents (including TOC of the report tab and datasets used in the report tab) in the report structure tree.
Select to go down a level. For a page report, you can use this button to switch from the report level to the report tab level, or from the report tab to the report body.
Select to go up a level. For a page report, you can use this button to switch from the report body level to the report tab level, or from the report tab to the report.
Report structure tree
Designer lists all the objects in the current report in a tree structure.
By selecting an object in the tree, you also select it in the report design area. When an object is invisible, you cannot see it in the design area but you can still select it from the tree and change it's Invisible property to "false". You can use "CTRL + select" and "SHIFT + select" to select multiple objects, then the Properties sheet shows only the properties that are common among the selected objects and you can change the property values for all the selected objects at a time. It is usually a much easier and faster way of selecting multiple objects in the tree than trying to select them one by one in the design area.
You can edit the display name of each object in this tree: select the object in the tree, after two or three seconds, select it again and the name becomes editable, then give the object a new name and select Enter on the keyboard to confirm. Users see the display name of data components such as banded objects, charts, crosstabs, and tables when they perform filter or sort at runtime. You may want to change the name of these objects, so users can easily understand which component they are choosing.
This sheet lists all the properties of the object that you select in the report structure tree. It has two columns: Name and Value, which you can resize can by dragging the boundary between them. You can change how an object appears and behaves by changing its value in the Value column.
Each type of object has its own set of properties. Depending on the object type, the properties that a certain object holds can greatly differ from those of another. For more information about properties of each object, see Report Object Properties.