Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Breaking Out of the Control Layout
Removing the control layout
Even in Design view, control layouts restrict the positions of your controls.
You can see the outline of a control layout in Design view as a dashed line,
as shown in Figure 2-8. You can remove the control layout (without
removing the controls from the control layout) by clicking within the layout to
select it. Next, click the Remove Layout button in the Table group on the
Arrange tab in the Form Design Tools area of the Ribbon. The dashed line
indicating a control layout disappears.
Figure 2-8:
Control
layouts
work in
Design
view, too.
Remove the control layout only if you want to move your controls out of a
strict row-and-column arrangement. You can leave the control layout in
place when you make other kinds of changes, such as changing the color or
numeric format of a text box control.
Moving or resizing a control
Now you’re ready to move your controls anywhere on the form. First, select
the control by clicking it. You can tell when the control is selected, because
Access draws an orange box around the control. Little boxes called handles
appear at the corners and the centers of the sides, as shown in Figure 2-9.
You can click and drag the handles to resize the control. You see a gray
box at the top-left corner of the control; click and drag this box to move the
control. If the control has a label associated with it, a gray box appears in its
top-left corner, too, so you can move the label independently of the control.
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To move a control, click the control to select it. When your cursor is over
the control, it becomes a four-arrow icon; click and drag to move both the
control and its associated label, if any. You can click the gray box in the
top-left corner to drag just the control. If the control has a label that moves
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