The following illustrates one way to communicate information from a sub report back to its parent or main report. It may not be the cleanest way, but it works.
Let’s say you have a main report, RPT-001.rpx. This report has a page header. We already suppress the page header for page 1 and produce it for the remainder of the pages. (Interrogate rpt.pagenumber = 1 in the ActiveReport_PageStart to handle this).
Now, this report calls five sub reports. The user asks to suppress the page header of the entire report for the last sub report, SUB-RPT-005.rpx (as we will call it here for example).
Here is how it can be done:
1) Add a textbox to your report header of the main report (Let’s call it txtSuppress). Set its Visible property to False. Set its DataField property to String.Empty (or blank).
2) In the ActiveReport_PageStart sub routine of the main report, add the following logic:
If txtSuppress.DataField = "SUPPRESS" Then
‘Set all your controls Visible property = False
‘Set the Height of your page header Name = 0
‘Set all your controls Visible property = True
‘Set the values of all your controls for display
‘Set the Height of your page header Name = design-time height
3) In the last sub report, SUB-RPT-005.rpx, add the following logic to the ActiveReport_ReportStart sub routine:
rpt.ParentReport.Sections("your main report’s page header Name").controls("txtSuppress").DataField = "SUPPRESS"
So, what is going on here?
All the sub reports get processed in the main report’s ActiveReport_ReportStart section first. That means the logic (Step 3 above) in our last sub report, SUB-RPT-005.rpx, sets the DataField property of our invisible textbox, txtSuppress, on our main report next.
Lastly, the ActiveReport_PageStart sub routine of the main report gets executed. Since we initialized our txtSuppress.DataField = String.Empty, the If statement (Step 2 above) checks for a value of “SUPPRESS” in order to set the visibility of our controls in the page header of the main report to False and sets the height = 0 with the result of NOT seeing the page header for sub report SUB-RPT-005.