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Work in Layout View

How to Work in Layout View in Access

Work in Layout View

Much like with forms, you can modify reports in either Layout View (for simple changes) or Design View (for more complex changes). One advantage of Layout View is that it displays the report as it will look when printed—unlike Design View, which displays all the messy, behind-the-scenes report structure.

Change Report Views

  1. Click the View list arrow and select Layout View.
    Change Report Views

You can also change report views by clicking one of the view buttons on the Status bar.

Work with Report Layouts

You can easily change the layout of a report in Layout View using the commands in the Position group on the Arrange tab.

  1. Click the Arrange tab.

    The Position group contains commands for changing the format of and data within the fields.

  2. Click a command in the Position group:
    • Control Margins: Change the location of data within fields.
    • Control Padding: Change the distance between fields.
    Work with Report Layouts

Resize a Column

  1. To resize a column, click and drag the right or left border of a column or control to make it larger or smaller.
    Resize a Column

The space around each control on the report is reduced.

In Layout View, data is grouped together in columns and rows by Access so that it can be easily modified together.

Move a Column

  1. Click and drag a column's heading to a new location to move a column, or simply click and drag a control to a new location.
    Move a Column

Delete a Column

  1. Select a column or control and press the Delete key.

    To change a field label's text, select the label, click inside the label, then edit or replace the text.

    Move a Column

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