how to change label name dynamically

Hi everyone:
I have noticed that Access does not change the label name dynamically. Is there a way of changing the label name in the form without going to the form and typing in.
for example: at first, I created a field name "what is your age" and later on I change it to "age" from the table. on my form only the source control got changed not the label.
I have a bush of changes coming in in this project and I really want to find a way to make those changes without going through the form. thanks for your suggestions
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Jeffrey CoachmanConnect With a Mentor MIS LiasonCommented:

As has been stated, Access, (nor any other program that I know of) will not do this for you "automatically"
The reason being that the "Label Caption" is what "Humans" need to see.
The other names are typically what the program reads internally.
Also, typically you will have your naming convetion in place that will supercede any default name.

Since the "Label Caption" is what "Human Beings" will be using, your field might be "cFN" or "WhatIsYourName", but the label caption will say "Customer First Name" or "What is your Name"
Make sense?

Also keep in mind that the Name of the "Filed" and the name of the "Control" may be different as well.

For example:
Field Name: FN
Label Name: lblFN
Label Caption: First Name
TextBox Name: txtFN
TextBox ControlSource (Source Field): FN

This follow a "Naming Convention".
Every developer should follow some sort of Naming convention.
Here are the two most popular for Access/VBA:

Please consider adopting one.

As far as changing them en masse goes, here is one of the popular "Bulk Renaming" products:


Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
Do you mean the lable that's associated with your control? If so, why is it important to change the name? You may have good reasons for doing this, but unless you've got code that interacts with your labels then the names aren't really important.

That said, Rick Fishers Find & Replace utility could help with this (
LougaLoAuthor Commented:

thanks for your prompt response.
I installed the shareware "Find and Replace 9.0 for Microsoft Access 2000, 2002/XP, 2003" but this is not doing the real change I needed . it is changing just the Source Control not the label linked to the source control nor the field name on the table. I sent an email to the website support exposing my need and requesting if this is possible through their product. otherwise it looks like a great Add-on and affordable too.

I come from a FileMaker world. In filemaker when I change  a field name on a table definition, it got changed in the form too without me going and hard coding the label name. I wonder if this is possible in Access.
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Chuck WoodCommented:
I think you mean the label Captions. Normally, you wouldn't do this. You generally design the tables first and, when that is done, create the forms bound to the tables. That said, I have attached a (really clunky) work-around code snippet that should do what you want. Of course this will only work for bound text boxes. Combo boxes, for example would have Control Sources different (and larger) than their label captions (e.g. SELECT ID, Deparment FROM tblDepartments).

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Private Sub Form_Load()
    ' set the label captions to their text box control source (field) name
    lblManager.Caption = txtManager.ControlSource
    lblDepartment.Caption = txtDepartment.ControlSource
    ' . . .
End Sub

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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
I see ... this doesn't happen in Access. cwood has shown you how this can be done with code, but it's not automatic when you make table changes.
LougaLoAuthor Commented:
cwood-wm-com: this codes do not allow change when it done through the table definition.

boag2000: you made valid points. the links were very helpful.

thank you all.
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:

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