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Shape.Text Property

Office 2007
Returns all of the shape's text. Read/write.

Version Information
 Version Added:  Visio 2.0



expression   A variable that represents a Shape object.

Return Value


In the text returned by the Text property of a Shape object, fields are represented by an escape character (30 (&H1E)) For example, if a Shape object's text contains a field that displays the file name of a drawing, the Shape object's Text property returns an escape character where that field is inserted into the text. If you want the text to contain the expanded field, get the shape's Characters property, and then get the Text property of the resulting Characters object.

If the shape is a group, the text returned is dependent on the value of the IsTextEditTarget cell.

  • If IsTextEditTarget is TRUE, the Text property of the Shape object returns the text of the group.
  • If IsTextEditTarget is FALSE, the Text property of the Shape object returns the text of the shape in the group at the top of the stacking order.

Objects from other applications and guides do not have a Text property.


This Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro shows how to get the Text property of a shape.

Visual Basic for Applications

Public Sub ShapeText_Example() 

    Dim vsoRectangle As Visio.Shape 
    Dim vsoOval As Visio.Shape 
    Dim vsoShapeFromCell As Visio.Shape 
    Dim vsoShapeFromCharacters As Visio.Shape 
    Dim vsoCell As Visio.Cell 
    Dim vsoCharacters As Visio.Characters 

    'Create 2 different shapes and add different text to each shape.
    Set vsoRectangle = ActivePage.DrawRectangle(2, 3, 5, 4) 
    Set vsoOval = ActivePage.DrawOval(2, 5, 5, 7) 
    vsoRectangle.Text = "Rectangle Shape" 
    vsoOval.Text = "Oval Shape" 

    'Get a Cell object from the first shape.
    Set vsoCell = vsoRectangle.Cells("Width") 

    'Get a Characters object from the second shape.
    Set vsoCharacters = vsoOval.Characters 

    'Use the Shape property to get the Shape object.
    Set vsoShapeFromCell = vsoCell.Shape 
    Set vsoShapeFromCharacters = vsoCharacters.Shape 

    'Use each shape's text to verify the proper Shape
    'object was returned. 
    Debug.Print vsoShapeFromCell.Text 
    Debug.Print vsoShapeFromCharacters.Text 

End Sub