Resize a section

ShowResize a form or report section

You can increase or decrease the height of form and report sections (section: A part of a form, report, or data access page such as a header, footer, or detail section.) individually. However, when you change the width of one section, you change the width of the entire form or report.

  1. Open the form or report in Design view (Design view: A view that shows the design of these database objects: tables, queries, forms, reports, and macros. In Design view, you can create new database objects and modify the design of existing objects.).
  2. Do one or more of the following:

To change the height of a section, place the pointer on the bottom edge of the section and drag the pointer up or down.

Change height of section

To change the width of a section, place the pointer on the right edge of the section and drag the pointer left or right.

Change width of section

To change both height and width of a section, place the pointer in the lower-right corner of the section and drag it diagonally in any direction.

Change height and width of section

ShowResize a data access page section

You can increase or decrease the height of a data access page section (section: A part of a form, report, or data access page such as a header, footer, or detail section.) individually. However, when you change the width of a section, Microsoft Access automatically resizes other sections that belong to the same group level (group level: The depth at which a group in a report or data access page is nested inside other groups. Groups are nested when a set of records is grouped by more than one field, expression, or group record source.) to match the new width.

  1. Open a data access page in Design view (Design view: A view that shows the design of these database objects: tables, queries, forms, reports, and macros. In Design view, you can create new database objects and modify the design of existing objects.).
  2. Click the section bar (section bar: The horizontal bar above a data access page section in Design view. The section bar displays the type and name of the section. Use it to access the section's property sheet.) of the section you want to resize.

Access displays selection handles around the perimeter of the section.

  1. Do one or more of the following:
    • To change the height of a section, place the pointer on the bottom center selection handle and drag the pointer up or down.

Section with selection handles

  • To change the width of a section, place the pointer on the selection handle that is in the middle of the right edge of the section, and drag the pointer left or right.

Section with selection handles

  • To change both height and width of a section, place the pointer on the bottom right selection handle and drag it diagonally in any direction.

Section with selection handles

Notes

  • You can drag any selection box to resize a section, but Access always adjusts a section from the bottom or the right edge. For example, if you drag the selection box at the top of a section down to reduce the section's height, Access moves the bottom edge of the section up.
  • You won't be able to drag the handles after the bottom or right edge of a section meets the edge of a control placed inside the section.
 
 
Applies to:
Access 2003