Creating Semi-Circles in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to create a semi-circle in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
PowerPoint 2013 provides so many basic
shapes within the Shapes gallery. All of these shapes can be used in many ways, and
that in itself works most of the time. Yet there are plenty of other shapes that are not provided within
the Shapes gallery but you can easily modify an existing shape a wee bit to end up with something you
need. A semi-circle, as shown in Figure 1, below is a perfect example of such a shape.
Figure 1: Semi-circle is essentially half a circle
There are two ways in which you can create a semi-circle:
- You can draw a Circle and intersect it with a Rectangle to create a semi-circle.
- You can draw a Pie shape and drag its modifier to create a semi-circle
We show you both ways here -- choose the way you prefer. To start with, 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 | Blank. Then choose the way you prefer:
Intersect a Circle
- Place a
perfect circle on your
slide, and then
place a Rectangle shape over it
so that the new Rectangle shape originates from the circle's diameter, as shown in
Figure 2, below.
Figure 2: Rectangle shape originates from the circle's diameter
- Select both the shapes and
Intersect them to get a semi
circle, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Semi circle created
Modify a Pie
- Within the Home or Insert tab of the
Ribbon, click the
Shapes button to access the Shapes drop-down gallery that you can see
in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Shapes drop-down gallery
- Within the Shapes drop-down gallery, select the Pie shape
(highlighted in red within Figure 4, above). Drag and draw
on your slide to place an instance of
the shape, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Pie shape
Tip: You can make the Guides visible on the slide so that you can create the semi-circle more accurately in the next step.
- Select the inserted Pie shape, and you'll see
square shaped, yellow handles (refer in Figure 5, above) -- select the top
yellow square handle and start dragging it counter-clockwise, as shown in Figure 6 below.
The cursor changes to an arrow head (highlighted in red within
Figure 6, below), and you can see a line as well to indicate the manipulated shape
that results from this dragging action.
Figure 6: Drag the top yellow square handle of the Pie counter-clockwise
Tip: Any shapes that show yellow square handles when selected can be manipulated by dragging those squares -- learn more in our Manipulating Shapes by Dragging Yellow Squares in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- Keep on dragging the cursor till you end up with a semi-circle, as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Semi-circle drawn using Pie shape
- Remember that this semi-circle can be
rotated, as shown in
Figure 8: Flipped semi-circle
- Once done, save your presentation.
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