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Drawing a Perfect Circle in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to draw a perfect circle in PowerPoint 2013.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8

Drawing shapes is drop-dead easy with the vast repertoire of readymade shapes available in PowerPoint 2013. You can easily insert these shapes with a click or two, but once in a while you may get stumped. One such scenario is when you need to draw a circle -- you'll find that PowerPoint's Shape gallery has no Circle shape! Don't worry -- all is not lost because there is an Oval shape and that can be used to draw a perfect circle.

Follow these steps to explore how:

  1. 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 Home tab | Layout | Blank.

  2. Within the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon, click the Shapes button to bring up the Shapes drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 1. Select the Oval shape (highlighted in red within Figure 1).

    Oval shape selected
    Figure 1: Oval shape selected

    Use any of these two options to place a perfect circle shape on your slide:

    • Click anywhere on the slide to add the Oval shape in a predefined size (typically 1 inch x 1 inch), as shown in Figure 2. Since the height and the width are the same, this oval is already a circle!

      For resizing, hold down the Shift key while dragging any of the four corner handles to retain the circle proportion (preventing the circle from becoming an oval).

      Circle shape placed on the slide
      Figure 2: Circle shape placed on the slide

    • Alternatively, click and drag on the slide along with the Shift key held down while dragging to constrain the height and width proportions to be equal, as shown in Figure 3. Optionally, you can hold the Ctrl key (in addition to the Shift key) to draw a circle from the center.

      Drawing a circle while holding the Shift key
      Figure 3: Drawing a circle while holding the Shift key

      The resultant circle can also be resized as required.

  3. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Drawing a Perfect Circle in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Drawing a Perfect Circle in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows


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