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Recently when I open or edit forms in Access 2013, the controls render incorrectly.  It looks like the internal dimensions of the controls are larger than the external dimensions, e.g. the fill goes out beyond the borders.  See the attachment for details.  The image shows forms inside a "layout", but the problem occurs even if I don't use layouts.

I have just completely uninstalled Office 2013 and reinstalled.  No change.  Any ideas how to troubleshoot this?

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You can remove the "Layout" bits. To do that, right click on the form in Design View, select Layout - Remove Layout.

If you use the Form Wizards to create new forms, Access will continue to use the new Layout paradigm. Only way I now of to get around that is to use the Create - Form Design method, and build the form from scratch.
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Is the issue just in design view or does it still happen in form view?
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by:Helen Feddema
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Scott is right.  Layout is one of the most annoying new features in Access.  It is hardly ever useful, so I generally just create a blank form in Form Design.  Once you have removed the layout, you can adjust the control sizes as you wish.

Bear in mind that in order to remove layout, you have to have the whole set of controls highlighted with orange borders -- clicking on the little four-sided arrow in the upper left should do this.  Here is an image from a recent Access Archon article:
Removing layout
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Thanks for your inputs.  Don't hear this as snarkiness - I know it's easy to miss the details, but as posted, it's not a layout issue...
"The image shows forms inside a "layout", but the problem occurs even if I don't use layouts."

This happens in design and run mode.  Happened after I installed Excel 2010 for testing in parallel with Office 2013.  Uninstalling both versions of Office and reinstalling 2013 didn't fix it.
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Meh.  Gave up on this one and reimaged Windows, which solved the problem.
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But there was a solution.  We didn't come up with it, you did.  We might have come up with it if you had mentioned the install in your original question though.  We all know that MS software has pathological connections so if you install a new version of x, it may break y.  I once got into a tight loop with SQL Server.  I couldn't uninstall it because a file was missing but I couldn't repair it because a different file was present.  I ended up formatting C: and reinstalling everything.  What a PITA.
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One would think Microsoft, at least, could develop software for windows that doesn't break itself....
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