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 paging is needed is determined at opening time, but filtering and sorting are optional.
In the case, that everything 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.