VML Margin-Left Attribute

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Specifies the left edge of the shape's containing rectangle relative to the shape anchor. Read/write. String.

Applies To


Tag Syntax

<v: element style="margin-left: expression ">

Script Syntax

element .style.marginleft="expression"



The Margin-Left attribute is similar to the standard HTML Margin-Left attribute used with style sheets.

Note that marginleft is used instead of margin-left for scripting. Also note that if the position is absolute, the margin will not appear to change.

This property is used instead of Left for shapes in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel that are floating in a position relative to an anchor point.

Values include:

Value Description
Auto Default position of an element in the flow of the page.
units Default. A number with an absolute units designator (cm, mm, in, pt, pc, or px) or a relative units designator (em or ex). If no units are given, pixels (px) is assumed. The default value is 0.
percentage Value expressed as a percentage of the parent object's height.

VML Standard Attribute

See Also



The left margin is set to 25 pixels.

   <v:rect id=myrect fillcolor="red"

Margin-Left Attribute Example. (Requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or greater.)

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