I have a bunch of report views, which essentially are tables. They should enable the user with sorting, paging and filtering capabilities.
My idea is to add those features via menu-bars.
Paging would go at the bottom:
Sorting and Filtering should go on top.
But they're displayed differently, because if a paging is needed is determined at opening time, but filtering and sorting is optional.
In the case, that everyting is needed, it would look like this:
It's sorted by multiple columns and has a bunch of expert filters.
The question is, how should I handle the visibility? I don't want to show GUI elements that aren't needed every time, but I also don't want to let the user miss them.
Maybe my menu-bar idea isn't that good at all and I should use external dialogs or something.