Try These Shortcuts for Manipulating Controls in Design View in Microsoft Access

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated October 14, 2022

Applies to: Microsoft® Access® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019,  and 365 (Windows)

Controls are objects that appear in various sections in a form or report (such as a text box or label control) and may be bound to a source or unbound. You can manipulate controls in a number of ways in Design View in both forms and reports in Microsoft Access.

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You can use the following shortcuts when you're manipulating controls in Design View but also try them in Layout View.

Remove a control from a control layout

If you are having difficulty moving or otherwise manipulating a control, it may be in a control layout (somewhat like being in a group in other programs). If a control is in a control layout, you can remove it from the control layout. To do this, select the control in Design View, right-click on it, select Layout from the context menu and then select Remove Layout.

Select all controls

To select all controls, in Design View, click in a blank area and then press Ctrl + A.

Move a control

To move a control, select it in Design View and then press any of the arrow keys.

Nudge a control

To nudge a control, select it in Design View and press Ctrl + an arrow key.

Increase the width of a control

To increase the width of a control, select it in Design View and press Shift + right arrow.

Decrease the width of a control

To decrease the width of a control, select it in Design View and press Shift + left arrow.

Increase the height of a control

To increase the height of a control, select it in Design View and Press Shift + down arrow.

Decrease the height of a control

To decrease the height of a control, select it in Design View and press Shift + up arrow.

Move an attached label or text box separately

Labels are normally attached to other controls such as text boxes. To move an attached label or other control separately in Design View, drag it by its top left handle.

Separate an attached label and its control

To separate an attached label from another control (like a text box), select the label in Design View, press Control + X, click somewhere else on the form on report and then press Ctrl + V to paste it.

This article was first published on April 2, 2017 and has been updated for clarity and content.

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