I.d recommend reducing all margins to 0.67 inch, turning grouping and widow protection OFF, dropping the headers/footers/page_numbers/dates (except at the top) and dropping separator lines except fot the first group before the detail sections. Then set all fields that might need to wrap text to neither shrink nor grow and make all the font sizes the same: smaller.
After you find that an appropriate number of record .paragraphs. fit on a page, you can add/increase the neat style stuff until the page is filled. Then, after a few reports are run, you can tell which fields will need resizing and whether, or not, to activate grouping and widow protection.
If you.re are using the wizards, I.d stongly recommend letting the wizard only do the connections and basic page design (ie. column vs. matrix vs…..), default on everything else and do all of this other fine tuning in design mode. You.ll most likely end up there, anyway, as I.ve never been able to run directly off of the wizard.s resulting report and don.t know anybody who has.