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Change Font Size after First Paragraph/Line

Hi there

I have a text field in which I want the first paragraph (or line) to be in a large font, then all following paragraphs (ie. after the first line feed) to be in a smaller font.

Can anyone suggest a formatting formula I can use to do this?

many thanks


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  • Posted on Dec 06, 2011 at 05:25 AM

    Hi Karen,

    If you're Crystal Reports 2008, then here's how you can do it:

    1) Create a formula and use this code:

    numbervar lf := instr({string_field},chr(10)); //Find the 1st occurrence of a line feed
    '<big>'&Mid({string_field},1,lf-1)&'</big>'& //Increases the font size of the 1st line by 2 points
    Replace(Mid({string_field},lf,len({string_field})),chr(10),'<br>') //Finds the Line Feeds in the remaining text and replaces them with the corresponding <br> tag that HTML supports

    2) Place the formula beside the original field in the report

    3) Right-click the formula field > Format field > Paragraph tab > Set 'Text Interpretation' to 'HTML Text'

    4) Go to Common tab > check 'Can Grow' > OK

    The first line of the field will be 2 points bigger than the rest of the lines. You can also use the 'font size' tag instead of <big>, however the only supported values are 1 to 7 and trust me 7 is too huge to use! You would need to play around with the values if you wish to use the 'font size' tag.

    Let me know how this goes!


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    • Hurrah! Getting closer... where there are two paragraphs, I now get a large one and then a smaller paragraph.... There is just one more adjustment if you have the time to help me.... I'd like the smaller font to be 2 steps smaller than the large font (I've used size 4 for my large font, so 2 would be good for the smaller one).

      many thanks! excellent!


  • Posted on Dec 07, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    oops didn't mean to mark answered just yet

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