Selecting the Positioning Scheme
While Flow positioning is the default, the positioning scheme can be selected on a report-by-report basis.
The positioning scheme is controlled, as shown above, by selecting the Report (root or top) element in a definition and selecting the desired scheme in its Element Positioning attribute value. A blank entry selects the default scheme, Flow positioning.
Two things happen when Absolute positioning is selected. First, all elements that can contain other elements (Division, Body, Row, etc.) are given two "hidden" attributes: absoluteTop, and absoluteLeft. These attributes do not appear in the Attribute panel but are managed behind-the-scenes by Studio. The element will also have Height and Width attributes which may or may not be visible depending on the nature of the element. These attributes allow the Logi Server engine to accurately place elements on the page when a report is being generated.
The second thing that happens is that the bottom of the Workspace panel acquires a new tab, the Layout tab, as shown above. Clicking this tab opens the Layout editor.
Switching Back from Absolute to Flow
You should use caution when converting to Absolute positioning. Switching back to Flow positioning later may not completely return your report to its former state. When you switch back to Flow positioning from Absolute positioning, Studio will remove most of the attributes mentioned above. However, blanket removal is not possible, as you may have added desired attributes, such as Height and Width, manually. So, don't switch to Absolute positioning unless you really, absolutely, have a need to do so.