Creating Half Circle in PowerPoint 2013
Learn to create a half circle in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
An Indezine reader asked a long time ago if one could create three circles next to each other, and make sure that they looked like this:
- The leftmost circle should be filled-in completely
- The second circle should be half full
- The third and the rightmost circle should have no fill, to represent something that is empty
A visual is worth a thousand words -- so do look at Figure1 to understand this
Figure 1: The filled, half filled, and empty circles
This sort of visual can be used in many scenarios, but is best used when you are explaining an analogy. Also for the classic half-filled or half-empty perspective, you can create a visual with just the middle circle shown in Figure 1. And really speaking, we have used circles -- but you could use just any shape you want!
Let's now explore how to create a visual of this sort. The first and third circles are easy -- all you need to do is ensure that the first circle has both an outline and a solid fill, and that the third circle has only an outline without a fill -- for the latter, you will use the No Fill attribute. The second circle (half circle) is an easy challenge that we'll teach you to create in this one page tutorial using PowerPoint 2013.
Follow these steps to get started:
- Launch PowerPoint 2013. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation --
you can change the slide
layout to Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout
- Create a perfect circle,
as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Perfect Circle
the circle to make two more copies of it as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Three circles with same attributes
- Select all three circles, and optionally increase the
of their outlines. You can also
change the line
color. Your circles will look similar to what you can see in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Circles with thick outlines
- Select the second and third circles, and format their fill attributes to
as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: 2nd and 3rd circles with fill removed
- Now create a semi-circle elsewhere on the slide, as explained in our
Creating a Semi-Circle in PowerPoint
- Now, copy the shape attributes of the first circle and apply them to the new semicircle using the
Format Painter. Then set the outline
for this semi-circle to
No Outline. Copy this
semi-circle and paste it on top of the second circle so that it looks like what you can see in
Figure 6: Paste semi-circle on the second circle
- Now carefully select the pasted semi-circle, right-click and from the resultant contextual menu, choose
Send To Back | Send To Back option as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Send the semi-circle backward
Tip: If you want to know more about re-ordering the shapes, go to our tutorial Reorder Shapes in PowerPoint 2013.
- This will send the selected semi-circle behind the full circle and now your second circle will look like a
half circle, as shown in Figure 8.
Figure 8: Half circle created using a semi-circle and circle
- Once done, save your presentation.
Have your ever used keyboard shortcuts and sequences in PowerPoint? Or are you a complete keyboard aficionado? Do you want to learn about some new shortcuts? Or do you want to know if your favorite keyboard shortcuts are documented?
Go and get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences E-Book.