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How do I stop the header information for a Manual Test Definition being displayed on every page of my PDF report?

How do I stop the header information for a Manual Test Definition being displayed on every page of my PDF report?

Problem:

How do I stop the header information for a Manual Test Definition being displayed on every page of my PDF report?

Resolution:

If you have a Manual Test Definition that has numerous Test Steps and you generate a report from SilkCentral Test Manager in PDF format you may find that the header information for the Test Definition is displayed on every page of the report. In the screenshots below it can be seen that the Manual Test Definition has 5 Test Steps and the header information is repeated on page 2 of the Manual Test Definition Result Document report in PDF format before the fifth Test Step.


Report Page 1


Repprt Page 2


This is a setting in the BIRT RCP Report Designer for the specific report template that is being used. In this case the report template "Manual Tests" is being used. In order to change this setting you first need to navigate to Administration - Reports in SilkCentral Test Manager and download the template you wish to edit by clicking on the "download" logo as shown below.


Download Report Template


Once you have saved the .rptdesign file to a location on your machine, open the file with BIRT RCP Report Designer. The BIRT RCP Report Designer can be found in the Help - Tools section of SilkCentral Test Manager if you do not already have it installed on your machine. Once you have the .rptdesign file open in BIRT you need to right click on group 1 of the main table - Edit Group - Steps as shown below.


BIRT Edit Group


In the Edit Group dialog that opens there is a setting for "Repeat Header" so uncheck this as shown below.


Uncheck Repeat Header


Once this is complete save the report template .rptdesign file in BIRT. Then navigate back to Administration - Reports in SilkCentral Test Manager and update the Manual Tests report by clicking on the "Update" logo as shown below.


Update Report Template


In the dialog box that appears, browse to the new Report Template .rptdesign file that you saved in BIRT and click "OK".


Select Updated Report Template


Then when you run reports with this Report Template as PDF files you will see that the Manual Test Definition header information is no longer repeated on every page.


Edited PDF - no header


Edited PDF - no header


Note: you can create a new Report Template for this instead of updating the existing one if you wish by clicking the "Upload" button on the Administration - Reports section of SilkCentral Test Manager.


Upload new report template


Then in the next dialog box you simply give the report a relevant name, select which projects and modules to make the report available for and browse to the Report Template .rptdesign file. Finally click "OK".


New report template


You can then generate your reports using this new Report Template instead of the existing one.

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