VML Obscured Attribute

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Determines whether a shadow is transparent. Read/write. VgTriState.

Applies To


Tag Syntax

<v: element obscured=" expression ">

Script Syntax

element .obscured="expression"



If True, lets you see through the shadow if there is no fill on the shape. Default is False.

VML Standard Attribute


The background shows through the shadow.

   <v:shape id="rect01"
   coordorigin="0 0" coordsize="200 200"
   path="m1,1 l 1,200,200,200, 200,1 x e">
   <v:shadow on="True" obscured="True"/>