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In the past we have introduced a couple of ways to standardize report’s appearances such as designing effective IBM Cognos Report Studio templates and the use of Layout Component References to help centralize and simplify repetitive report design tasks. These techniques mainly focus on changing the look and feel within Report Studio. However sometimes you may find it is difficult to modify the pre-defined report style or there is need to make the changes across all reports. For instance, all your reports will be embedded in your organization’s web application, and one of the requirements is to have all hyperlinks colored in gray and without an underline in order to match the corporate style. In those scenarios, you should consider another approach: globally change report style sheets. Read more

In the past we’ve discussed the benefits of changing the default skins within your organizations different IBM Cognos environments, and we’ve also tackled the use of Layout Component References to help centralize and simplify repetitive report design tasks which can be otherwise time consuming. Now we will combine these concepts along with some new techniques in order to implement a single standardized report template for your entire environment, ensuring that your distributed reporting has a uniform and professional look and feel. Read more