Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Moving Form Labels Above the Field Instead of on Side of Field in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

I know that I have had trouble in the past when I make a new four column section, getting everything to fit on the form, and by default you need to re-size the form on open to even get everything to fit unless you can find a way to shrink your fields down.  I know there are settings to change the amount of space given to the label, but I have found another way to tackle this.

I was in the car with three other MVP's one day and Scott Sewell starts talking to the other about how he swears by putting the labels for form fields on top of the fields instead of off to the left side.  I know at least two of the MVP's in the car (I was one of them) almost jumped out of their seat.

Here is how it works:

1. The setting is at the section level.  So, double-click on a section to bring up the section properties.

2. Now, click on the formatting tab and scroll to the bottom to find the "Field Label Position" setting:

3. Now you just have to change the setting to "Top" and save and publish the form.  You can repeat this for all sections on the form if you want to.

It's as easy as that.  Here's what it looks like when you are done and have published the form.

- I hope this helps!


  1. I'm Scott Sewell, and I approve this blog post. :)

  2. I can't believe I hadn't heard of this before! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Two out of four MVP's in the car that day were just as surprised as you and this was only a week ago. So it's kind of a little known feature. I figured it was worth a blog post.

      I am glad it helped.

  3. Hi Jamie,

    Since I follow quite a few blogs and groups dedicated to Dynamics CRM, I was STUNNED to find this (http://bit.ly/wIYjLY) which was posted on LinkedIn at http://linkd.in/Az8HLa. Luckily, I had read your post beforehand and found it strange 2 people having the same "problem", and after opening them both up .. I found it's your post, word for word, and no link to your blog. At least he had the "intelligence" to remove the part where you mention your car-trip.

    Good post by the way :)

  4. Wow, how many times I have had to tell my clients that this requirement is not supported. Such a small little hidden feature can have such a big impact. Thanks for sharing...

    1. I had absolutely no idea either. Judging by all the activity this post has gotten on LinkedIn and all the comments I have gotten I can tell you for sure that we were not alone. :)

  5. Does anyone know whether this is possible in CRM 4.0?