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ScaleTop Property [Access 2003 VBA Language Reference]

Office 2003

You can use the ScaleTop property to specify the units for the vertical coordinates that describe the location of the top edge of a page when the Circle , Line , Pset , or Print method is used while a report is previewed, printed, or its output is saved to a file. Read / write Single.


expression Required. An expression that returns one of the objects in the Applies To list.


You can set the ScaleTop property by using a macro or a Visual Basic event procedure specified by a section's OnPrint property setting.

By using these properties and the related ScaleHeight and ScaleWidth properties, you can set up a custom coordinate system with both positive and negative coordinates. All four of these Scale properties interact with the ScaleMode property in the following ways:

  • Setting any other Scale property to any value automatically sets the ScaleMode property to 0.

  • Setting the ScaleMode property to a number greater than 0 changes the ScaleHeight and ScaleWidth property settings to the new unit of measurement and sets the ScaleLeft and ScaleTop properties to 0. Also, the CurrentX and CurrentY property settings change to reflect the new coordinates of the current point.

You can also use the Scale method to set the ScaleHeight, ScaleWidth, ScaleLeft, and ScaleTop properties in one statement.

Note  The ScaleTop property isn't the same as the Top property.


The following example uses the Circle method to draw a circle and create a pie slice within the circle. Then it uses the FillColor and FillStyle properties to color the pie slice red. It also draws a line from the upper left to the center of the circle.

To try this example in Microsoft Access, create a new report. Set the OnPrint property of the Detail section to [Event Procedure]. Enter the following code in the report's module, then switch to Print Preview.

Private Sub Detail_Print(Cancel As Integer, PrintCount As Integer)

    Const conPI = 3.14159265359

    Dim sngHCtr As Single
    Dim sngVCtr As Single
    Dim sngRadius As Single
    Dim sngStart As Single
    Dim sngEnd As Single

    sngHCtr = Me.ScaleWidth / 2               ' Horizontal center.
    sngVCtr = Me.ScaleHeight / 2              ' Vertical center.
    sngRadius = Me.ScaleHeight / 3            ' Circle radius.
    Me.Circle (sngHCtr, sngVCtr), sngRadius   ' Draw circle.
    sngStart = -0.00000001                    ' Start of pie slice.

    sngEnd = -2 * conPI / 3                   ' End of pie slice.
    Me.FillColor = RGB(255, 0, 0)             ' Color pie slice red.
    Me.FillStyle = 0                          ' Fill pie slice.
    ' Draw Pie slice within circle
    Me.Circle (sngHCtr, sngVCtr), sngRadius, , sngStart, sngEnd

    ' Draw line to center of circle.
    Dim intColor As Integer
    Dim sngTop As Single, sngLeft As Single
    Dim sngWidth As Single, sngHeight As Single

    Me.ScaleMode = 3                          ' Set scale to pixels.
    sngTop = Me.ScaleTop                      ' Top inside edge.
    sngLeft = Me.ScaleLeft                    ' Left inside edge.
    sngWidth = Me.ScaleWidth / 2              ' Width inside edge.
    sngHeight = Me.ScaleHeight / 2            ' Height inside edge.
    intColor = RGB(255, 0, 0)                 ' Make color red.

    ' Draw line.
    Me.Line (sngTop, sngLeft)-(sngWidth, sngHeight), intColor

End Sub

Applies to | Report Object