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Shapes.AddShape Method (Publisher)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 8/24/2017
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Adds a new Shape object representing an AutoShape to the specified Shapes collection.


expression. AddShape( Type, Left, Top, Width, Height)

_expression_A variable that represents a Shapes object.


NameRequired/OptionalData TypeDescription
TypeRequiredMsoAutoShapeTypeThe type of AutoShape to draw. For a complete list of MsoAutoShapeType constants, see the Object Browser.
LeftRequiredVariantThe position of the left edge of the shape representing the AutoShape.
TopRequiredVariantThe position of the top edge of the shape representing the AutoShape.
WidthRequiredVariantThe width of the shape representing the AutoShape.
HeightRequiredVariantThe height of the shape representing the AutoShape.

Return Value



For the Left, Top, Width, and Height arguments, numeric values are evaluated in points; strings can be in any units supported by Microsoft Publisher (for example, "2.5 in").


The following example adds a rectangle to the first page of the active publication.

Dim shpShape As Shape 

Set shpShape = ActiveDocument.Pages(1).Shapes.AddShape _ 
 (Type:=msoShapeRectangle, _ 
 Left:=144, Top:=144, _ 
 Width:=72, Height:=144) 
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