File Manager 22.2 Getting Started Manual

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Chapter 6: Print or Display

A Word About Printing

As you have probably noticed, VISTA and Fileman are rather old. This is most obvious in the user interface, which often seems old-fashioned, but it occasionally shows up in terminology as well. For example, some VISTA documentation still refers to your computer as your “terminal.”

“Print to screen” is another piece of old computing terminology that may be unfamiliar. On modern computers, printing information and showing information on the computer screen are two completely different ideas. In older systems, though, “print to screen,” was a way of telling the system, “take this information, arrange it as if you were going to print it, and then show it to me on my computer.” Or rather, “on my terminal.”

We mention this because in many VISTA applications, including Fileman, you often have to select a “print” option in order to display information on your screen the way you want to see it. It’s a little counter-intuitive at first, but keep in mind that VISTA can output information to any device. Yes, the “device” is usually a printer, but it can treat your screen as a “device” as well.

Therefore, in this manual (and in many other VISTA manuals as well), when we talk about options for printing information, we are also talking about options for displaying the information on your screen, even if we don’t explicitly say so.

Printing a Default Report

Custom Reports: Sorting

Custom Reports: Choosing Print Fields

Custom Reports: Final Touches