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MS Excel 2010 Check box Form control spacing

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While using an Excel 2010 Form Control Check Box we have noticed the spacing between the box and label is excessive.  However, the ActiveX version there seems to be normal.  Is there a way to adjust the spacing?

We would like to use the Non-ActiveX control because the box lines are thinner and print much better than the ActiveX version.

An example is attached.

Thank you,

David
CheckBoxExample.xlsx
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by:Harry Lee
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dbote,

I'm using both Excel 2010 and Excel 2013 on two difference computers.

I'm not sure about the space problem you are mentioning in your question. When I open your uploaded example in both Excel 2010 and Excel 2013, the spacing between the Checkboxes and text are pretty much identical. The only difference is the Form control checkbox has a little leading space from the sizing edge, while the ActiveX control checkbox start right at the edge.

Could it be your computer display setting causing the issue?

Check your windows font size. Control Panel -> Display. Change the font size to default if it's not.
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Interesting.  It's every PC in the building and everyone has their display set differently.

You are saying the space between the actual box and the caption are identical for both examples?

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Yes. On both of my machines, they are identical.
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I'm sorry, totally my fault for not being more clear.  They look great on the form BUT when I print them the spacing gets crazy.
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by:Harry Lee
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Ok,

I have tested printing out.

In Excel 2013, the spacing is identical just like the screenshots.

In Excel 2010, the spacing on the Form Control object is about twice the size of the spacing on ActiveX Control object. Not really too far off.

I don't think it's anything that you can set or configure.
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When you have a number of check boxes on a form that space sets things off dramatically especially when the form was designed in another version and pushes the text closer to the next check box versus the actual check box.

I don't know of a work around other than creating an empty check box and putting text in an adjecent cell that is not the caption to the check box.  An ugly work around if the form ever needs editing.
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dbote,

In your work round, I would say that you are better of putting no caption in the CheckBoxes, and put either a textbox next to it with the captions or......simple have the caption in an excel spreadsheet cell and only the checkbox as form control.

Either way, it's not going to be very perfect. What about giving the control objects a bit of room, instead of having them all packed so closed together? Would that be an option?
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Another expert posted an answer but it was identical to what I had already posted.
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