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Re-attaching Labels to Control Objects on an Access Form or Report

Last updated on 2018-07-30 by David Wallis.


“David, Whilst working on the design of an Access database form I managed to delete the label attached to one of the text boxes. I know I can put a new label on the form, but it won’t be attached to the text box. Is there a way of doing this?”


Yes there is; and it works for restoring a label to any control object on your form (or on a report), not just to a text box:

  1. Create the new label that you want to attach
  2. Select the label
  3. Issue the Cut command
  4. Select the control to which you want to attach the label
  5. Issue the Paste command.

This technique should stick the label to the control and is applicable to Microsoft Access 97, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.


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