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Attaching and Re-attaching Labels to Control Objects on Access Forms and Reports

Last updated on 2019-04-15 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. 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.

Access 2019 has a new Label Name property that you can make use of instead of the cut-and-paste technique:

  1. Create the new label that you want to attach, and give it an appropriate name so that it’s easy to pick out from any list of controls
  2. Select the text box, list box or any other control to which you want this label associated
  3. From the Label Name property list, pick the label.

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