There are three different application modes that can be used to build the queries, create documents and to analyze the reports. When you open an existing report, the following modes are available −
In this mode, you can create new data provider, change an existing data source or rename a data provider. You can also create, edit, and manage queries, which is used to pass data to reports.
In Data mode, it shows the list of all the available data providers. All the options in tool mode are disabled in this mode.
This mode allows you to display existing reports, search text, monitor changes in the reports, and drill down on the data in the report.
You can also use the left panel and tool bar in the Reading mode.
Design mode allows you to add, delete objects in a report, applying conditional formatting, applying formulas in report, creating variables, etc.
Design mode with Structure only allows you to view the structure of the report. All the changes that you make in this mode, they are not applied to the server till you populate it with data.
In Design mode with data, all the modifications applied in a report are on the server. In case you have to make a lot of changes in an existing report, it is recommended to make changes in structure mode and then populate the report with data.