Common computer outputs include printed reports and on screen reports. Explain the main classifications of reports.

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Common computer outputs include printed reports and on screen reports. Explain the main classifications of reports.
Reports can be classified content
 Detail reports
 Exception reports
 Summary reports
Detail reports
 Provide the most information
 At least one line of output is produced for each record processed
 Detail reports can be quite lengthy
Exception reports
 Show only records that meet a specific condition
 Useful when particular information is required
Special parameter queries can be used to select only the records that meet specified conditions

Summary reports
Show only subtotals and totals
 Useful for upper-level managers who do not require extensive detail
Reports also can be classified distribution
 Internal reports
 External reports
Internal reports
 Distributed within the organisation
 Usually printed on stock paper
 Blank, single ply, standard size
 Less expensive
 Can be used for many types of reports
External reports
Distributed outside the organisation
 Might include statements, invoices, or pay cheques
 Usually printed on special forms
 More expensive than stock paper
 Paper must be changed for each report printing job
 Multi-part forms must be separated or decollated
 Special forms can use pre-printed graphics and logos
 Special applications, such as checks, require special forms

Factors to consider:
 Types of printers
 Print volume calculations
 Print-time calculations

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