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Access 2003: Adding & Formatting Labels

Access 2003: Adding & Formatting Labels

Unlike fields, labels are simply text that you add to your form or report to add an explanation. Labels are text-based and are not tied to any underlying field in any table or query. As such, labels are considered unbound controls.

First, we’ll look at adding labels to your form, then we’ll look at formatting those same labels.

Adding Labels

     
  1. Open the form in Design View
     
  2.  
  3. Click the Label command on the Standard toolbar
     
  4.  
  5. Drag to draw a label box on your form
     
  6.  
  7. Type your table text
     
  8.  
  9. Click anywhere outside the new label
     

Formatting Labels

Inevitably, as soon as you create you’re first label, you’ll need to know how to format it. Let’s look at several label formatting options in Design View.

Change Text Alignment
     
  1. Open the form in Design View
     
  2.  
  3. Select the label you want to edit
     
  4.  
  5. Use the Left, Center and Right align commands on the Formatting toolbar
     
Change the Color of Text
     
  1. Open the form in Design View
     
  2.  
  3. Select the label you want to edit
     
  4.  
  5. Click the arrow next to the Font Color command on the Formatting toolbar
     
  6.  
  7. Select a color
     
Change the Font and Font Size
     
  1. Open the form in Design View
     
  2.  
  3. Select the label you want to edit
     
  4.  
  5. Click the arrow next to the Font and Font Size commands on the Formatting toolbar
     
  6.  
  7. Select a font and font size
     
Make Text Bold, Italic, or Underlined
     
  1. Open the form in Design View
     
  2.  
  3. Select the label you want to edit
     
  4.  
  5. Use the Bold, Italic and Underline align commands on the Formatting toolbar