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How can I print or preview a report in WinSPC?
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Last Updated
13th of April, 2017

Applies to
WinSPC 8.0, WinSPC 8.1, WinSPC 8.2, WinSPC 8.3, WinSPC 9.0

There are many different ways in WinSPC 8.0 to print or preview the new reports books and report templates.

Reports can be accessed from the right-click menu of most WinSPC administrator tree objects, including folders, parts, variables, collection plans, and datasets.  The right click menu allows the user to print or preview a specific report template.  The template will use the selected object as the basis for the report (in other words, the output of the report is based on the data contained within the selected object).


You can also access the "Print Reports" dialog from various locations in the software by clicking on the "Print Reports" button.  Access to this button is controlled through user permissions and is available from within the administrator window, the WinSPC Navigator, Data Collection, Query Tool, and Plant Monitor.


Clicking on this button prompts the user to pick an existing report book to print or preview.


Reports can also be printed or previewed from within WinSPC's Variable Analyzer.  Clicking on the 'Preview' button will allow you to pick a report template to preview the report template with the data currently contained within the Variable Analyzer.  Keep in mind you can filter your data in the Variable Analyzer by clicking on the "Edit data filtering options" button, and that these filters are then used when generating the report. 


Similar to the Variable Analyzer, reports can be printed or previewed from within a WinSPC DataSet.  The dataset allows you to define criteria to pick which parts or variables are contained within that dataset, configure any data filters, and then preview a report by clicking on the "Preview" button.


Finally, report books can also be executed through command line switches in WinSPC.  This allows you to setup an external scheduler that would run a report book (and produce pdf or html output) on a periodic basis.  For more information regarding executing a report book through a command line, see this knowledgebase article.

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  1. Comment #1 (Posted by Nobuntu )
    How do I print or preview a report in WINSSPC. When I right click It does not give me that option of preview
  2. Comment #2 (Posted by WinSPC Support )
    Access to the print and preview functionality can be controlled through permissions in WinSPC. If your user that you are logging into WinSPC has the "Global" > "Print/Preview" permission revoked, you will not have the print or preview options available. In addition, the "Print/Preview" option is only available on certain objects in the tree (part folders, parts, variables, collection plan folders, and collection plans currently), so make sure you are right clicking on one of these object types. Please also note this feature was added in WinSPC 8.0.0, so you will need to be on WinSPC 8.0.0 or later to have this option.
  3. Comment #3 (Posted by Karl )
    When I create a report and pick the date range type "explicit", I enter the date that I want to report data from and it pulls all the data from that item number and completely ignores the fact that I only want that one particular date. How do I fix this?
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