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1493592 - How to create customized export options button for Crystal Reports winform viewer in Visual Studio .NET


  • Clicking on the Export button of the viewer a choice of export formats is presented
  • The default export file format is an .rpt file
  • How to make the default export file format different?
  • How to remove certain export formats?


*** Warning ***

  • The following code is provided as-is and is considered use at your own risk.
  • This is not supported by SAP and is provided as a work around only.
  • SAP does not guarantee the functionality of this or its' continued functionality in future release.


  • Remove the viewer Export button from the toolstrip
  • Add a new Export button
  • On click event of the new Export button, present the user with custom export form
  • Use the following sample code
Private Sub frmReportPreview_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
        Dim ts As ToolStrip
        Dim currentExportButton As ToolStripButton
        Dim newExportButton As ToolStripButton
        ' Replace the export button with our own export button so we can handle the event ourselves
        ts = DirectCast(CRViewer.Controls(4), ToolStrip)
        currentExportButton = DirectCast(ts.Items(0), ToolStripButton)
        newExportButton = New ToolStripButton("", My.Resources.Export, AddressOf ExportButton_Click)
        newExportButton.ToolTipText = "Export report to disk"
        ts.Items.Insert(0, newExportButton)
    End Sub
  • Create windows form 'frmReportExport' that contains the export file types and their order, then use the following code:
Private Sub ExportButton_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
        Dim frmExport As frmReportExport
        ' Allow the user to specify options such as the name of the file and format before exporting.
        frmExport = New frmReportExport
        frmExport.Report = Report
    End Sub
  • Then use the code below to run the export from the custom report export windows form.
Report.ExportToDisk(exportFormat, fileExport.SelectedFilename)


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Crystal Reports 2008 V1 ; SAP Crystal Reports XI R2