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1209040 - Custom function from a User Function Library does not appear in the Formula Editor


In Crystal Reports 2008, Crystal Reports XI, and Crystal Reports 10, a custom User Function Library (UFL) is created. This is called CRufltest.dll. The DLL has one function, MyFunction ( ).

The function is declared as public. The DLL is registered and is in the same directory as U2lcom.dll. However, the function does not appear in the Formula Editor.


This behavior occurs because the data type is not declared as a supported type.

The function was declared as follows:

Public Function MyFunction( )

Since the return type is not defined in the declaration, Microsoft Visual Basic assigns it the variant data type by default. The Crystal Reports Formula Editor does not support the variant data type.


To resolve the behavior, declare the function using a specific and supported data type. The following are supported data types:

  • integer
  • long
  • single
  • double
  • currency
  • date
  • boolean
  • string.

Declare the custom function using a return type. For example:

Public Function MyFunction( ) As String

Once the data type is declared properly, the DLL is recompiled and placed in the same directory as U2lcom.dll. The function then appears in the Formula Editor under Additional Functions.


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