Section.CanGrow Property (Access)

Gets or sets whether the specified control automatically adjusts vertically to print or preview all the data the control contains. Read/write Boolean.

expression .CanGrow

expression A variable that represents a Section object.

The CanGrow property uses the following settings.


Visual Basic



True (–1)

The section or control grows vertically so that all data it contains can be printed or previewed.


False (0)

(Default) The section or control doesn't grow. Data that doesn't fit within the fixed size of the section or control won't be printed or previewed.

This property setting is read-only in a macro or Visual Basic in any view but Design view.

You can use this property to control the appearance of printed forms and reports. When you set the property to Yes, the object automatically adjusts so any amount of data can be printed. When a control grows, the controls below it move down the page.

If you set a control's CanGrow property to Yes, Microsoft Access automatically sets the CanGrow property of the section containing the control to Yes.

Sections grow vertically across their entire width. To grow the data independently, you can place two subform or subreport controls side by side, and set their CanGrow property to Yes.

When you use the CanGrow property, remember that:

  • The property settings don't affect the horizontal spacing between controls; they affect only the vertical space the controls occupy.

  • Overlapping controls can't grow.

Note Note
  • The CanGrow property does not apply to a form or report page header and page footer sections, although it does apply to controls in such sections.

  • This property affects the display of form sections and controls only when the form is printed or previewed, not when the form is displayed in Form view, Datasheet view, or Design view.