VML Direction Attribute

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Defines the direction of the text in the textbox. Read/write. String.

Applies To


Tag Syntax

<v: element style="direction: expression ">


Values include:

Value Description
ltr Text is displayed left-to-right. Default.
rtl Text is displayed right-to-left.
context Indicates that the MSO-Direction-Alt tag will be written out with the value "context".


Microsoft Office Extensions Attribute