PowerPoint VBA: Text in shape created with BuildFreeForm does not center as expected

Bryce Bassett
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In PowerPoint 2010 I have a macro that creates a freeform shape using the BuildFreeForm method.  The shape draws fine, but when I try to put text in the shape, it starts above the shape.
Freeform shapeI tried explicitly setting vertical and horizontal anchor, word wrap, etc. but that does not help.
Sub drawhpdialogshape2()

Dim ffb As FreeformBuilder
Dim myshape As Shape
Dim currentslide As Slide

Set currentslide = ActivePresentation.Slides(ActiveWindow.View.Slide.SlideIndex)

Set ffb = currentslide.Shapes.BuildFreeform(msoEditingCorner, 266.8235, 104.3088)
With ffb
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 536.6986, 89.93378
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 521.4486, 288.4338
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 484.1986, 288.4338
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 484.1986, 308.1838
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 454.5735, 288.4338
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 289.5735, 288.4338
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 266.8235, 104.3088
End With

Set myshape = ffb.ConvertToShape
myshape.Fill.ForeColor.ObjectThemeColor = 1
myshape.Line.Visible = msoFalse
With myshape.TextFrame
    .HorizontalAnchor = msoAnchorCenter
    .VerticalAnchor = msoAnchorMiddle
    .MarginLeft = 15
    .MarginLeft = 15
    .AutoSize = ppAutoSizeNone
    .WordWrap = msoTrue
End With

End Sub

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If I draw the identical shape by hand using Insert, Shape, freeform, then type text into it, the text is centered nicely in the shape and wraps as you would expect.  

Am I missing something?

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Commented:
Hi,

By moving one of the points, it should solve the problem
Sub drawhpdialogshape3()

Dim ffb As FreeformBuilder
Dim myshape As Shape
Dim currentslide As Slide

Set currentslide = ActivePresentation.Slides(ActiveWindow.View.Slide.SlideIndex)

Set ffb = currentslide.Shapes.BuildFreeform(msoEditingCorner, 266.8235, 104.3088)
With ffb
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 536.6986, 89.93378
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 521.4486, 288.4338
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 484.1986, 288.4338
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 484.1986, 308.1838
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 454.5735, 288.4338
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 289.5735, 288.4338
    .AddNodes msoSegmentLine, msoEditingAuto, 266.8235, 104.3088
End With

Set myshape = ffb.ConvertToShape
myshape.Fill.ForeColor.ObjectThemeColor = 1
myshape.Line.Visible = msoFalse

With myshape.Nodes
    pointsArray = .Item(1).Points
    currXvalue = pointsArray(1, 1)
    currYvalue = pointsArray(1, 2)
    .SetPosition 1, currXvalue + 1, currYvalue
    .SetPosition 1, currXvalue, currYvalue
End With

With myshape.TextFrame
    .HorizontalAnchor = msoAnchorCenter
    .VerticalAnchor = msoAnchorMiddle
    .MarginLeft = 15
    .MarginLeft = 15
    .AutoSize = ppAutoSizeNone
    .WordWrap = msoTrue
End With

End Sub

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Bryce BassettFreelance VBA programmer

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Commented:
This works!  But could you explain how and why?  

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Top Expert 2016

Commented:
I had the same problem in Excel without VBA

Why I don't know

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