Text that is in a text box control of a report or a form may not appear correctly in Access

Applies to: Access 2010Microsoft Office Access 2007Microsoft Office Access 2003

This article applies to either a Microsoft Access database (.mdb) file or to a Microsoft Access database (.accdb) file, and to a Microsoft Access project (.adp) file. Novice: Requires knowledge of the user interface on single-user computers.


In Microsoft Access, you can set the Vertical property of a text box control to Yes in a report or in a form. When you do this, you may notice that the text that is in the text box control does not appear correctly. You may notice any one of the following problems:
  • The font of the text that is in the text box control changes to a different font.
  • The text box control appears blank.
  • The text that is in the text box control changes to text that is not readable.


Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To work around this problem, add the following registry entry, and then set the DWORD value to 1.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\CTF\Disable Thread Input Manager
To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
  2. Locate the following registry subkey:

  3. Right-click CTF, point to New, and then click DWORD Value to create the following entry:
    Disable Thread Input Manager
    Note If you are running an x64-based version of Windows, click DWORD (32-bit) Value to create the entry.
  4. Double-click Disable Thread Input Manager, type 1, and then click OK.
  5. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

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Steps to reproduce the problem

Note You may be unable to reproduce the problems on all computers.
  1. Start Access.
  2. Open the Northwind sample database.
  3. In the Database window, click Reports under Objects, and then click New.

    Note In Access 2007, click Report Design in the Reports group on the Create tab.
  4. In the New Report dialog box, click
    Design View, and then click OK.

    Note In Access 2007, skip this step.
  5. Add a text box control to the report.
  6. In the text box control, type ="my text".
  7. Right-click the text box control, and then click
  8. On the property sheet, selectYes in the Verticaldrop-down list on the Other tab.

    You may notice that the font of the text changes to a different font in the text box control.