Martin A tonne of thanks: your answer was the solution. What a relief to be able to use the Details View again! Perhaps your solution was also implied in Jerry's answer (had I but hacked with more imagination), but I didn't perceive it. However, all's well that ends well. Mike "Martin" wrote: > Just had the same problem - the column widths were all dragged to zero. Put > your mouse on the very left side of the blank grey bar above the white area > and you should be able to click-and-drag the columns out again. > > "Mike Caughey" wrote: > > > Many thanks for your very quick reply. I regret to say that none of the > > steps you kindly suggested have retrieved the view. There is a scoll bar on > > the right (none on the bottom) and sliding it fully up and down does not > > reveal any details. > > > > At this point I would be pleased to be embarassed - and just want to get on > > with my work. So, would welcome any other thoughts that you and others might > > have. > > > > Mike Caughey > > > > "Jerry Whittle" wrote: > > > > > I've seen this and you might just be a little embarressed when you find the > > > solution. Do you have a scroll bar at the bottom of the database window? Go > > > back and forth with it. You could also try maximizing the database window. > > > > > > If either works, you might have an extremely long table name or someone > > > moved the column divider way over then closed the database. > > > > > > Then there's the old prank of moving all the columns over to the far right. > > > That's good for a laugh almost as good as changing the default text to white > > > in Word. > > > > > > Shame. Someone might have timed it wrong as April Fools Day is still a > > > couple of weeks off. > > > -- > > > Jerry Whittle > > > Light. Strong. Cheap. Pick two. Keith Bontrager - Bicycle Builder. > > > > > > > > > "Mike Caughey" wrote: > > > > > > > I have been a user of Access since its introduction to the market ('way back > > > > in the early '90s). Nevertheless, I am stumped by a problem I have with my > > > > current version, which is part of a properly purchased copy of Office > > > > Professional 2003, that I have installed on my new Dell PC running Windows XP. > > > > > > > > The problem is that I cannot figure out how to make database object > > > > *details* visible. Icons large and small, as well as lists, are visible, but > > > > when the details view is selected, the object display is blank. > > > > > > > > I would deeply appreciate help, please.