# DistanceFromPoint Property [Visio 2003 SDK Documentation]

Returns the distance from a shape to a point.

doubleRet = object**.DistanceFromPoint**(x, y, flags, [pPathIndex], [pCurveIndex], [pt])

doubleRet     Double. A distance in internal drawing units with respect to the coordinate space defined by the point (x,y).

object     Required. An expression that returns a Shape object.

x     Required Double. An x-coordinate.

y     Required Double. A y-coordinate.

flags     Required Integer. Flags that influence the type of entries returned in results.

pPathIndex     Optional Variant. Identifies the point on the shape in conjunction with pCurveIndex and pt.

pCurveIndex     Optional Variant. Identifies the point on the shape in conjunction with pPathIndex and pt.

pt     Optional Variant. Identifies the point on the shape in conjunction with pPathIndex and pCurveIndex.

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## Remarks

The (x,y) point is expressed in internal drawing units (inches in the drawing) with respect to the coordinate space defined by the sheet immediately containing ThisShape.

The pPathIndex, pCurveIndex, and pt arguments optionally return values that identify the point the returned distance is measured from. Call that point (xOnThis,yOnThis). It lies along the c'th curve of ThisShape's p'th path and can be determined by:

``````    ThisShape.Paths(*pPathIndex).Item(*pCurveIndex).Point(*pt,&xOnThis ,&yOnthis)
``````

You can use the PointAndDerivatives method instead of the Point method if you want to find the first and second derivatives at position t along the curve.

If pPathIndex or pCurveIndex is not Null, an Integer (type VT_I4) is returned. If p isn't Null, it returns a Double (type VT_R8).

The DistanceFromPoint property considers guides to have extent and considers a shape's filled areas and paths.

The flags argument can be any combination of the values of the constants defined in the following table. These constants are also defined in VisSpatialRelationFlags in the Microsoft Office Visio 2003 type library.

Constant Value Description

visSpatialIncludeHidden

&H10

Consider hidden Geometry sections. By default, hidden Geometry sections do not influence the result.

visSpatialIgnoreVisible

&H20

Do not consider visible Geometry sections. By default, visible Geometry sections influence the result.

Use the NoShow cell to determine whether a Geometry section is hidden or visible. Hidden Geometry sections have a value of TRUE and visible Geometry sections have a value of FALSE in the NoShow cell.

If object has no geometry, or if flags excludes consideration of all geometry, the DistanceFromPoint property returns a large number (1E+30) which should be interpreted as infinite.

The DistanceFromPoint property does not consider the width of a shape's line, shadows, line ends, control points, or connection points when computing its result.

Applies to | Shape object