Rotation Attribute (Shape)(VML)

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Defines the angle that a shape is rotated. Read/write. VgAngleInDegrees.

Applies To


Tag Syntax

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

Script Syntax

element .rotation="expression"



The value in degrees can be positive or negative, and values greater than 360 are modularized to a 360-degree circle. Positive angles are clockwise. The default value is 0.

Note that the shape is repositioned after the rotation to reflect the new bounding box coordinates.

Also note that for scripting, the style attribute is not used and that Rotation is treated as a direct attribute of the shape.

The Rotation attribute is similar to the standard HTML Rotation attribute for styles.

VML Standard Attribute

See Also


The rectangle will be tilted 45 degrees.

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

Rotation Attribute Example. (Requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or greater.)