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How to draw vertical lines on a continuous report with different sized boxes?

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Hey Experts,

I have a report based on a query and sometimes the text boxes are different sizes and because of this it doesn't create a neat grid. I've had a look at creating the lines on the fly using the LINE function however I was wondering if there was an easier way to achieve this.
I've attached an example.

Thanks,
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by:MINDSUPERB
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Just use lines then format the texbox border as transparent.

Sincerely,
Ed
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by:Norbert2000
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Hi Ed,

Would it be possible for you to post example code of doing just the vertical lines right and left?

Cheers,
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by:MINDSUPERB
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Norb,

Just hold on, some other EE might give you a sample code that you need.

I never tried to use codes when I designed and positioned a line or any other objects in a report. I do it manually with patience by shifting print preview and design view most of the time until I made it perfect.

Sincerely,

Ed

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by:Norbert2000
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Ed,

If I draw a line onto the report in design view won't I have the same problem? Once one of the textboxes grows the lines will no longer be the right height?

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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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I've long since giving up on trying to make Access reports look like Excel spreadsheets (Grid style, with boxes that grow and shrink with text and texboxes.)
;-)

You can do it, ...but it may be more trouble than it's worth (IMHO) so see here:
http://www.lebans.com/PrintLines.htm

BTW, you did not state what version of Access you were using...
I believe Access 2007 and newer will do this (grow/shrink all controls in a row to the same height) by default.
(You just have to Size the controls to the grid, make the BorderStyle Solid, and but all the controls up against each other.)

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by:Norbert2000
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Hi Jeff,

It certainly seems a lot more trouble than it's worth, I am using 2007 but it doesn't seem to change the size of the controls automatically.

Thanks for the link, was really helpful.

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Jeffrey Coachman earned 500 total points
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Again, this is why I stopped bothering with this effect years ago.
Bedsides all the jerking around to get it to work...

IMHO, the report looks much cleaner with just Horizontal lines separating the rows
;-)

JeffCoachman
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by:Norbert2000
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Hello Jeff.

Thanks for that I ended up not using vertical lines. Like you said they were causing too many problems ^^.

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