SubForm.CanShrink Property (Access)

Gets or sets whether the specified control automatically adjusts vertically to print or preview all the data the section or control contains. Read/write Boolean.


expression .CanShrink

expression A variable that represents a SubForm object.


The CanShrink property uses the following settings.


Visual Basic




The section or control shrinks vertically so that the data it contains can be printed or previewed without leaving blank lines.



(Default) The section or control doesn't shrink.

This property setting is read-only in a macro or Visual Basic in any view but Design view.

You can use this property to control the appearance of printed forms and reports. When you set the property to Yes, the object automatically adjusts so any amount of data can be printed. When a control shrinks, the controls below it move up the page.

If you set a control's CanShrink property to Yes, Microsoft Access does not set the section's CanShrink property to Yes.

Sections shrink vertically across their entire width. For example, suppose a form has two text boxes side by side in a section, and each control has its CanShrink property set to Yes. If one text box contains one line of data and the other text box contains two lines of data, both text boxes will be two lines long because the section is sized across its entire width. To shrink the data independently, you can place two subform or subreport controls side by side, and set their CanShrink property to Yes.

When you use the CanShrink property, remember that:

  • The property settings don't affect the horizontal spacing between controls; they affect only the vertical space the controls occupy.

  • Overlapping controls can't shrink.

  • The height of a large control can prevent controls beside it from shrinking. For example, if several short controls are on the left side of a report's detail section and one tall control, such as an unbound object frame, is on the right side, the controls on the left won't shrink, even if they contain no data.


  • The CanShrink property does not apply to form or report page header and page footer sections, although it does apply to controls in such sections.

  • This property affects the display of form sections and controls only when the form is printed or previewed, not when the form is displayed in Form view, Datasheet view, or Design view.

See Also


SubForm Object Members

SubForm Object