MultiTrace Tutorial: Printing results

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You may print-out a screenshot that exactly shows the current content of the MultiTrace window. This features is not meant for the documentation of results, but only for short-lived copies, e.g. for support inquiries or team communication.

Printing features


Please click the printing features button to show the printing panel. The button toggles the visibility of the printing panel on and off. The panel does not need to be visible in order for the settings to be taken into account. For routine analysis, you usually once set appropriate options and then hide the panel. Some of the options only apply to the graphical report, some also to the table report.


Which data? -- The graphical report may show the ion traces of the reference and sample side by side or only the sample trace or only the reference trace.

Which ions? -- The graphical report as well as the table report may show all ions available or only the first ion, only the first and second ion or only the ion selected for export (the latter option is an enhanced feature, see MultiTrace: Export ion).

Number of columns -- The number of columns apply only to the graphical report. Increase the number of columns to save pages and paper, decrease the number of columns to see larger graphs.

Number of rows -- The number of rows apply only to the graphical report. Increase the number of rows to save pages and paper, decrease the number of rows to see larger graphs.

include forced parameters -- You will later learn more about method definition details. Forced parameters are parameters that can be printed no matter what evaluation you assigned or how the result table filter is set. This is usually employed in case of internal standards or other kinds of quality control parameters. This options lets you decide whether to include or exclude such parameters in the report.

only current paramenter -- If checked, only the currently selected parameter of the result table will be printed, no matter what kind of evaluation you assigned and no matter how many other parameters are currently visible in the result table.

Selecting which parameters to print

MultiTrace will include all parameters in the report that are members of the current result table. Select the result filter accordingly, e.g. "all" or "thr" (positive and above threshold) are often used. Users with activated enhanced database features might prefer the "exp" (exported parameters) filter.

Printing a report

You can print a report by clicking on the table or graphs buttons. MultiTrace will immediately print the report without further ado. Please set all appropriate features, options and filters before clicking these buttons.

Please print one table report and one graphical report showing all parameters of our demo sample.

Printer setup

You can open the standard Windows printer setup dialog by clicking the printer setup button in the upper right corner of the window. By default, MultiTrace uses the systrm's standard printer with its standard settings, which we recommend to set-up accordingly. MultiTrace follows the landscape or portrait orientation you activated in the Windows printer setup dialog.

Printer options

MultiTrace offers a lot of options and settings with which you can fine-tune the behaviour of MultiTrace as well as activate and deactive certain features. At this point of the tutorial, just have a short look at the options related to printing. Click the options button and then select the print tab sheet.

Most options are self-explanatory.

Upper-right corner -- The second group box, named print: include in upper right corner, controls what elements are visible in the upper right corner of the printed reports. This emphasized corner is printed in a large, bold font so it will be easy to spot, if seeking reports in a pile of documents or sorting reports.

Usually, the first line of the upper-right corner is the sample ID, i.e. the primary identifier of your sample in your administrative system or LIMS. If you activate the barcode of sample checkbox, the sample ID will also be printed as barcode just above the first value of the upper-right corner.

You may select additional values like acquisition sequence or instrument to be printed below the primary identifier. You may also choose to let one or both lines empty by selecting "(none)".

Header -- The third group box, named print: include in header, controls which additional sample information data fields are printed as header on each page of the report.

  • Data fields like misc info, acquisition or method are directly taken from the raw data file.
  • Result file is the name of result file exactly corresponding to the printed report. MultiTrace auto-saves the sample before printing, so the result file will always be up-to-date. If you use the mark as ready feature, MultiTrace will save at the moment of marking ready and automatically avoid saving again when printing if no changes have occured. Thus, the barcode result file ID on the reports will always be up-to-date as well (cf. group box print: include in footer, checkbox barcode of result file ID).
  • Customer, description, origin, and matrix are empty by default. They are part of an enhanced feature that requires database access. If activated, MultiTrace provides the sample ID in a database query and gets these values in return. The data can also be shown in the main view and can play an important role for qualifiying results (see MultiTrace: Sample details).
  • Calculation means dilution factor and weight factor. We recommend to activate this field at all times. Having these values on a report enables you to use the integral areas to recalculate the concentrations manually. This is a necessity for quality control.


Export result table to Excel

In addition to printing, it is also possible to copy the result table to the clipboard, from where it can be pasted into third-party applications. The clipboard format is prepared to meet Excel's requirements for creating a proper table with recognised columns and rows.

This feature will export the visible result table, so you can apply the appropriate filter to only export those parameters you need.

The options dialog's export method tab sheet allows you to define which columns to export.


Continue with the next lesson of this tutorial: MultiTrace Tutorial: Screen layout

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