Improving your report layout

After adding new sections to a report, you can rearrange and optimize the layout in the Sections and layout tab.

Expanding the space allocated to a section

To allocate more space for a section, grab an edge and drag it to stretch the section.



Note that this is only a space allocation.

  • The maximum width and height of a table depends on the Chart settings tab.
  • The maximum vertical size of a table (number of rows) depends on the page size defined on the Result display tab.

Moving a section

To move a section to another place on your report, drag and drop it on any empty placeholder.

  1. If there is no empty placeholder waiting for your section, create one.
    These buttons will create a new row above, below, to the left, or to the right, relative to the selected section.
    buttons to create placeholders

  2. Drag the section to the new location.
    When the target placeholder turns yellow, release the section to drop it into place.

Swapping two sections

Swapping two sections is very easy: drag one of them and drop it on the other one.

  1. Locate two sections you want to swap.
    Locate two sections
    In this example, we have the "Client-side monitoring" section on the left and the "Data center technologies" section on the right. The sections are adjacent in this example, but they do not need to be. You can drag across intervening sections.
  2. Drag one section to the other and let go.
    Dragging one section to another
    In this example, we drop the "Client-side monitoring" section on the "Data center technologies" section.
  3. Click OK to confirm that you really wanted to swap those two sections.
    click Ok to confirm
    If you accidentally dragged a section to the wrong place, this lets you back out of it.
  4. Verify the new layout.
    Verify the new layout
    Now we have the "Data center technologies" section on the left and the "Client-side monitoring" section on the right.

Note that if you swap two sections of different sizes, the section sizes will also be exchanged.

Optimizing report layout

Use options on the Sections and layout tab to make better use of screen real estate.

Managing empty sections

Select the Hide empty section checkbox for a section on the Sections and layout tab for your report if you want to hide that section when there is no relevant data to display. If that section has no data to display when you use it, you could see an empty space on your report where that section would be.

If leaving an empty gap in your displayed report is not suitable, however, select the Column layout check box on the Sections and layout tab. Then all column sections will automatically slide up to fill any empty sections.

Setting column width and weight

On the Sections and layout tab, each column of your report definition has a width (px) / weight setting.

  • width (px) is the absolute number of pixels wide that you want to make the column. For example, 300px is a column set for 300 pixels wide.
  • weight is the relative weight compared to other weighted columns (not columns with absolute pixel widths). For example, a two-column report with the first column set to 2 would be twice as wide as a second column set to 1.

If you mix the two width types:

  • Columns with absolute widths (as indicated by the px) are allocated their absolute pixel widths
  • Columns with relative weights (as indicated by a simple integer) are distributed across what is left of the total width after you subtract the absolute column widths

Setting chart size

Use Chart dimensions (the Width and Height fields) on the Chart settings tab to specify the size of a chart in pixels.

Chart dimensions

  • The minimum size of a chart is 300 pixels wide and 170 pixels high. If you enter lower values, they are automatically increased to the minimums.
  • Only a Chart section (see Section type) has a Chart settings tab. If you don't see such a tab, check your Section type.

When you add a Chart section to a report, the Width value defined on the Chart tab for that section is the width of the chart itself. The minimum size of a chart is 300 pixels wide and 170 pixels high. If you enter lower values, they are automatically increased to the minimums.

When you define the column width (on the Sections and layout tab) to display that chart section, however, add another 24 pixels or more to the column width for column display overhead. For example, if the Width value on the Chart tab is 300, the width of the column in which you display that chart section should be set on the Sections and layout tab of the report to at least 324px (if you are defining an absolute pixel width for the column).

If you define a chart that is too wide for a column definition, NAM will inform you that "The chart is too wide for the containing section." If you continue with that setting, the chart may display incorrectly.