SizeToFit Method

SizeToFit Method [Access 2003 VBA Language Reference]

Office 2003

You can use the SizeToFit method to size a control so it fits the text or image that it contains.


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


For example, you can apply the SizeToFit method to a command button that is too small to display all the text in its Caption property.

The use of the SizeToFit method is equivalent to selecting a control on a form or report, pointing to Size on the Format menu, and clicking To Fit. You can apply the SizeToFit method to controls only in form Design view or report Design view.

The SizeToFit method will make a control larger or smaller, depending on the size of the text or image it contains.

You can use the SizeToFit method in conjunction with the CreateControl method to size new controls that you have created in code.

Note  Not all controls that contain text or an image can be sized by the SizeToFit method. Several controls are bound to data that can vary in size from one record to the next. These controls include the text box, list box, combo box, and bound object frame controls. The SizeToFit method does not apply to controls on data access pages.


The following example creates a new form and creates a new command button on the form. The procedure then sets the control's Caption property and sizes the control to fit the caption.

Sub SizeNewControl()
    Dim frm As Form, ctl As Control

    ' Create new form.
    Set frm = CreateForm
    ' Create new command button.
    Set ctl = CreateControl(frm.Name, _
        acCommandButton, , , , 500, 500)
    ' Restore form.
    ' Set control's Caption property.
    ctl.Caption = "Extremely Long Control Caption"
    ' Size control to fit caption.
End Sub

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