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CalloutFormat.Drop Property (Publisher)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 8/24/2017
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For callouts with an explicitly set drop value, this property returns the vertical distance from the edge of the text bounding box to the place where the callout line attaches to the text box. This distance is measured from the top of the text box unless the AutoAttach property is set to True and the text box is to the left of the origin of the callout line (where the callout points). In this case, the drop distance is measured from the bottom of the text box. Read-only Variant.


expression. Drop

_expression_A variable that represents a CalloutFormat object.

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Numeric values are evaluated in points; strings can be in any units supported by Microsoft Publisher (for example, "2.5 in").

Use the CustomDrop method to set the value of this property.

The value of this property accurately reflects the position of the callout line attachment to the text box only if the callout has an explicitly set drop value — that is, if the value of the DropType property is msoCalloutDropCustom.


This example replaces the custom drop for the first shape in the active publication with one of two preset drops, depending on whether the custom drop value is greater than or less than half the height of the callout text box. For the example to work, the shape must be a callout.

With ActiveDocument.Pages(1).Shapes(1).Callout 
 If .DropType = msoCalloutDropCustom Then 
 If .Drop < .Parent.Height / 2 Then 
 .PresetDrop DropType:=msoCalloutDropTop 
 .PresetDrop DropType:=msoCalloutDropBottom 
 End If 
 End If 
End With 
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