Purchase Order Lifetime Chart

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The Purchase Order Lifetime chart provides one or more charts showing the total lifetime of purchase orders, from creation date to actual end date. For example, you can compare the lifetimes of purchase orders for different vendors to see if some vendors take substantially longer to respond than others.

The lifetime of a purchase order is based on the date the purchase order was actually created and the last time the purchase order was closed or voided. Purchase orders that have never been closed or voided are not included in the charts.

You obtain the report with Purchase Orders | Charts | Purchase Order Lifetime. The resulting window contains the following:

Grouping section: Options controlling what charts actually appear in the report. You must specify at least one grouping option to have any charts appear.

Sorting section: Options controlling how the bars are sorted within bar-chart.

For more on how to use Grouping and Sorting, see Report Sections.

Filters section: Options controlling which purchase orders will be included in the report. For more information, see Report Filters.

Include Inactive records: If this checkbox is checkmarked, all relevant records will be included in the report, no matter how old they are. If this checkbox is blank, only active records will be included; this means that old "inactive" records will be ignored.

For more about the active filter, see The Active Filter.

Field Selection section: Options controlling which information fields will be included in the report.

Suppress Costs: Omits any money information that might otherwise be displayed in the report.

Advanced section: Miscellaneous options.

Report width in pages: Makes it possible to have lines that are wider than a single page. This is particularly useful when you are previewing reports on a monitor screen. For further information, see Report Sections.

Title: The title to be printed at the beginning of the report.

Main Font: The font that will be used for most of the characters in the report. This should be a font that is supported by both your Windows system and your printer.

Fixed-width Font: The font that will be used for information that is printed with fixed-width characters (mostly unit specifications). This should be a font that is supported by both your Windows system and your printer.

Chart Axis Interval: Specifies the units for measuring lifetime. For example, if you specify Hours, the charts will measure lifetime in hours.

Show Summary charts for each group: If this box is checkmarked, the output will include summaries for each group. For example, if the report is grouped by unit, then there'll be summary information for each unit.

Show Summary charts for the report: If this box is checkmarked, the output will have a summary covering all the information in the report.

Preview section: Displays a visual preview of the report. If you click the Refresh button, you automatically go to this section.

The Preview section contains buttons for looking through the report preview and for actually printing the information. For more on using the Preview section, see Report Buttons.

Print: Immediately prints the report.

Export Data: Exports the report's data in XML format.

Cancel: Cancels the preparation and printing of a report. This button is enabled only when MainBoss is preparing a report, i.e. gathering the data and formatting it. For more information, see Report Buttons.

Close: Closes the window.

Refresh: Clicking this button generates a preview of the report, displayed in the Preview section of the window.

For more on purchase orders, see Purchase Orders. For more on charts in general, see Charts.

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