Drawing Target Diagram in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Learn how to draw a target diagram with multiple circles in PowerPoint 2010.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP
Date Created: February 16th 2011
Last Updated: February 16th 2011
In previous tutorials, you have learned how PowerPoint provides a collection of readymade shapes that you can easily insert with a click or two. You can go ahead and add multiple shapes on the same slide and then flip, rotate, reorder, or group them as required to create your own combined diagrams and designs within PowerPoint. These combined shapes help create more involved diagrams such as a target -- in this tutorial I'll show you how simple it is to create a target by placing circles of various sizes one on top of the other using the techniques of formatting shapes already explained. Before we begin, let me show you how a target diagram created in PowerPoint can look like, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Target created using multiple circle shapes in PowerPoint 2010
Follow these steps to create your own target diagram:
- Launch PowerPoint 2010. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation -- PowerPoint 2010 users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank.
- Within the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon,
click the Shapes button to view the Shapes gallery that you can see
Select the Oval shape, since we will use this shape variant to create
Figure 2: Circle shape selected
- Now either drag and draw, or click
once on the blank slide to place
a perfect circle shape, as shown in Figure
Figure 3: Circle shape placed on the slide
- Double click the selected shape to activate the Drawing
Tools Format tab
in the Ribbon (see Figure
Figure 4: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
- Create a duplicate of the circle -- there are several ways you can
- Duplicate a shape by Ctrl dragging, or
- Duplicate a shape using the Ctrl+D shortcut , or
- Just use the Copy (Ctrl+C) and Paste (Ctrl+V) shortcut keys.
a duplicated circle placed over the original circle we created
Figure 5: Circle's duplicate copy created
- Now we have to resize the
duplicated circle to an exact size that is a little smaller than
the original circle. Within the Size group of Drawing Tools Format
tab on the Ribbon, click the small arrow dialog launcher located
at the bottom right corner of the Size group (highlighted in red
Figure 6: Click the dialog launcher arrow to summon the Format Shape dialog box
- This brings up the Format Shape dialog box (see Figure
7). Within the Size tab, you'll find the resize
Figure 7: Format Shape dialog box
- First make sure the Lock aspect ratio option is checked
(highlighted in red in Figure 8).
Thereafter, reduce the the Height and Width values incrementally as required (we reduced 0.5") within the Size and Rotate section. Previously, the Height and Width were 5" (refer in Figure 7 above) -- after reducing 0.5", it now shows as 4.5", as shown in Figure 8.
Figure 8: Size values changed within the Format Shape dialog box
- This will resize the duplicated circle, as shown in Figure
Figure 9: Resized circle
- Now create several such duplicated copies to end up with as many circles
as you need (you will need to repeat steps 5 through 9 for each circle
you add) -- we did this repeatedly to end up with ten
circles, as shown in Figure
Figure 10: Ten circle shapes
- Now select all the circle shapes by pressing Ctrl+A on your keyboard
(see Figure 11).
You can learn more about ways to select objects in these tutorials:
Select and Deselect Shapes, and
Select Using the Selection and Visibility Task Pane
Figure 11: All the circle shapes are selected
- With all the circle shapes selected, locate the the Arrange
group within the Drawing Tools Format tab on the Ribbon. Then
click the downward arrow below the Align button to bring up the
drop-down menu shown in Figure
Figure 12: Align drop-down gallery
- Make sure that the Align Selected Objects option
in this drop-down menu is selected. Thereafter click both the Align
Center and the Align Middle options one after
the other. This will align all the circle shapes to the center
of the first circle we created, as shown in Figure
13. Learn more
about alignment in our Aligning
Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.
Figure 13: All the circle shapes aligned
- Now you can change the color of individual circles. To do that,
select an individual circle, locate the Shape Styles group within
the Drawing Tools Format tab, then click the downward pointing arrow
of the Shape Fill button to bring up the gallery you can see
Figure 14: Shape Fill drop-down gallery
- Select one circle at a time and apply any of shape fills. You can also change the outline color of individual circles, and you can also change both the fill and outline at the same time by using the Shape Styles option.
15 shows the created target
Figure 15: Target diagram
- You can even add an Arrow shape on the target we created, as
shown in Figure 16.
Figure 16: Target with arrow shape added
Tip: It is a good idea to align the target to the center of the slide. To do that you first need to select all the circles (and other shapes such as the Arrow added) and then group them. Then align the target to center of the slide, as explained in our Align shape to center of slide in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.
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