Thanks a lot for your Reply.not sure what you are demonstrating shows the issue you are having - the only difference I can see is that the bottom example has a narrower control than the top example - so why don't you just adjust the width of the control?
Thanks a lotah - obvious now. If a manual setting of top margin meets your needs then that is OK. If you need a more automated approach it can be done with vba. Would involve determining the control height in twips (easy), less the font height in twips (not so easy) and dividing by 2 - the result would be the top margin in twips, which is what access actually uses (0.25cm=142 twips)