VML V-Text-Anchor Attribute

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Defines the vertical anchoring of text in a textbox. Read/write. String.

Applies To


Tag Syntax

<v: element v-text-anchor=" expression ">


Values include:

  • top (default)
  • middle
  • bottom
  • top-center
  • middle-center
  • bottom-center
  • top-baseline
  • bottom-baseline
  • top-center-baseline
  • bottom-center-baseline

The text will be anchored to a vertical position in the textbox as indicated by the attribute value. The alignment of a text anchor only becomes evident if MSO-Fit-Text-To-Shape is False. This attribute is different from the Vertical-Align Style attribute, which is used for ideographic languages.

This attribute is used by Microsoft Office to store data in Web documents but does not render in Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or greater.

VML Standard Attribute


The text is aligned to the bottom of the textbox.

   <v:shape id="rect01"
   coordorigin="0 0" coordsize="200 200"
   strokecolor="red" fillcolor="red"
   path="m 1,1 l 1,200, 200,200, 200,1 x e">
   <v:textbox style="v-text-anchor:bottom" id="mytextbox">