This is in continuation with my previous article about the advantages of using Layout Component References. Creating and using Layout Component References is very easy. You create a report, let us call this the source report, that has all the components like Header items, Footer items that you would be frequently using across various reports. Name all the components in the reports.
In the target report, drag and drop the Layout Component Reference object. Choose the source report and the components you wish to use.
If you wish to override some of the objects pulled in then select the object and click on the "Overrides" property and choose the named sub-component that you wish to over-ride. For example, for some reports you would like a different Logo to be displayed. You can override the report title but continue to use the styles, fonts set for that table cell.
A sample of the overridden layout component where the logo and the report title objects have been overridden: