SAP Knowledge Base Article - Public

2648721 - Cross-tab borders missing in MS Word, when exporting a report from Crystal Reports


  • No cross-tab borders.
  • Cross-tab lines missing in the exported report.
  • When exporting a report from Crystal Reports to MS Word Editable, the cross-tab borders are missing in the generated document.
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  • SAP Crystal Reports 2013
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2016
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2020

Reproducing the Issue

  1. In Crystal Reports, create a report based on any data source.
  2. Insert a cross-tab on the report.
  3. When refreshing the report, notice the cross-tab borders are displayed by default.
     Cross-tab border - 01.jpg 
  4. Export the report to: "Microsoft Word (97-2003) - Editable"
  5. In MS Word, open the exported document, and notice there is no borders.
      Cross-tab border - 02.jpg 


  • When exporting a report, not all functionalities available in Crystal Reports can be translated in the format the report it is exported to due to the format not having the functionality, or due to limitations of the format or driver, or the intend of the exporting format.
  • Cross-tab borders is not a supported feature when exporting a report to "Microsoft Word (97-2003) - Editable" format, because it is designed to enable easy text editing of the document, and therefore does not use box, nor tables, but tabs to align the information to look like a cross-tab. This is why there is no cross-tab border in MS Word.
  • For a list of supported functionalities by exporting format, see the SAP Knowledge Base Article 1946358


  •  Export the report to a different format, where the cross-tab borders is supported, like:
    • Microsoft Word (97-2003)
    • PDF


CR, xtab, crosstab, xport, MS Word Editable , KBA , BI-RA-CR , Crystal Reports designer or Business View Manager , Problem


SAP Crystal Reports 2013 ; SAP Crystal Reports 2016 ; SAP Crystal Reports 2020