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6 pt font on access form

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Is it possible to have a 6 point font on an access form?

I'm using Access 2000.

In the toolbar it only lets me select down to 8 pt. I can type in 6 pt in the drop down in the toolbar, but it still displays as 8 pt. I currently have the date and time the record was last modified displaying on the form and things are a bit tight. I'd like to shrink this important, but not critical information so it takes up less space.

Thanks much!
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Not that I'm aware of.  Just curious... how good are your eyes?  6 point font is awfully small, especially if you have users that are older.
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It also depends on the font that you are using.  Some can't be sized below 8.

But I agree with JH, 6 can be pretty small.
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I use a bold 7 pt Arial font all the time for small buttons and I just tested a 6 pt (4 pt too) and they work.  Typing in the number as you tried works, but only if you use a font capable of displaying at that resolution.  Is it possible that you tried using a font that's not a True Type font?  

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Ah, I didn;t realize it depends on the font. I was using the default MS Sans Serif. I switched to Arial and I cna resize at will. 7 pt will work just fine.

Thanks guys!

Points split between jimpen and BPeb unless their are any objections.
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No Objections.
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by:LenaWood
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I agree that 6 point is very small.  May appear very blurry on some computers - even with good eyesight.
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It's pretty common to turn off all other fonts and force True Type to be the only selection.  It simplifies a lot of things.
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by:LenaWood
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Didn't know you could turn off all other fonts.
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Yes, 6 pt is very small. But, since it is just telling me the last date and time the record was updated (Something most users could care less about, but as the developer I am interested in) it works fine in this case.
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Glad to be of assistance. May all your days get brighter and brighter.
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Yep you sure can.  To make only True Type fonts available (which if you have only laser printers makes sense) go to the Control Panel > Fonts.  There under the Tools menu select Folder options and look for the the True Type Fonts tab.  Click on the Show only True Type fonts in my programs and click on apply.  It may not take effect until the nest time start up.
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