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Exploring Custom Layouts in Zoho Creator

This video tutorial provides a comprehensive overview of creating custom layouts for reports in Zoho Creator. It delves into the process of customizing both quick view and detail view reports, equipping you with the knowledge to enhance the visual appeal and organization of your data presentations.

Quick View Layouts

  1. Creating Custom Quick View Layouts:
    • Utilize pre-built templates or start from scratch to design your custom layout.
    • Drag and drop fields onto the layout to include the desired information.
    • Customize the appearance of individual fields by modifying their labels, positions, and visibility.
  2. Enhancing Quick View Layouts:
    • Introduce sections to group-related fields and improve readability.
    • Orient fields vertically or horizontally to suit your preferences.
    • Leverage fixed components to maintain field positions regardless of layout resizing.

Detail View Layouts

  1. Building Custom Detail View Layouts:
    • Access the Detail View tab of the report editor.
    • Employ pre-built templates or construct your layout from scratch.
    • Insert fields, sections, tabs, and images to create a dynamic and informative layout.
  2. Adding Elements to Detail View Layouts:
    • Utilize fields to display specific data points from the record.
    • Employ sections to organize fields into logical groupings.
    • Introduce tabs to compartmentalize information and enhance navigation.
    • Incorporate images to enhance visual appeal and provide context.
  3. Theming Detail View Layouts:
    • Modify the background color to establish a consistent visual style.
    • Apply themes to maintain a cohesive look across different layouts.
    • Adjust padding settings to control the spacing between elements.
    • Enable or disable shadows to add depth and dimension to the layout.
  4. Exporting and Importing Detail View Layouts:
    • Export layouts as JSON files to preserve formatting and styling.
    • Import exported layouts into other Zoho Creator applications for consistent branding.

Additional Features

  1. Custom Actions:
    • Integrate custom actions directly into the layout to streamline workflows.
    • Trigger actions based on specific conditions or user interactions.
  2. Record Comments:
    • Enable record comments to facilitate collaborative discussions and feedback.
    • Resize the record comments section to accommodate varying comment lengths.
  3. Tables:
    • Insert tables to present data in a structured and organized manner.
    • Add and remove rows to accommodate the desired amount of information.
  4. Icons:
    • Incorporate icons to enhance visual appeal and convey meaning.
  5. Image Fields:
    • Display images stored in image fields directly within the layout.
  6. Related Blocks:
    • Pull in information from related records to create a comprehensive view.
    • Customize the layout of related blocks for a seamless integration.
  7. Full-Page Expansion:
    • Expand custom detail view layouts to occupy the entire screen for enhanced immersion.
    • Utilize this feature for printing or sharing reports with a polished presentation.


Custom layouts in Zoho Creator empower you to transform your reports into visually engaging and informative tools for data exploration and communication. By leveraging the extensive capabilities covered in this tutorial, you can effectively tailor your reports to suit your specific needs and preferences.

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