Drawing Target Diagram in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Learn how to draw a target diagram with multiple circles in PowerPoint 2011.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
Date Created: March 7th 2012
Last Updated: March 7th 2012
a large collection of ready-made shapes that
you can easily insert
in your PowerPoint slides. You can go ahead and add multiple shapes on the
same slide and then flip, rotate, reorder,
or group them
as required, or combine them to create your own new diagrams and designs. These combined shapes help create more involved diagrams
such as a target diagram -- in this tutorial we'll show you how simple it
is to create a target by placing circles of succeeding smaller sizes one on
top of the other. Before we begin, let us 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 2011
Follow these steps to create your own target diagram:
- Launch PowerPoint. You will see the Presentation Gallery which allows you to set all attributes of your new presentation, such as a preset Theme or template. Make selections or just click Cancel in this gallery to open a blank presentation with a new slide -- PowerPoint 2011 users can change the slide layout of this slide to Blank by selecting Layout | Blank within the Home tab of the Ribbon.
- Within the Home tab of the Ribbon,
locate the Insert group and within this group, click
the Shape button
to view the Shape gallery that you can see in Figure
Select the Oval shape from the Basic Shapes category since that's what we will use to draw
Figure 2: Oval shape selected
- Now either hold the Shift key while you 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
- Create a duplicate of the circle -- there are several ways you can
- Duplicate a shape by dragging, or
- Duplicate a shape using the Command+D shortcut , or
- Just use the Copy (Command+C) and Paste (Command+V) shortcut keys.
Figure 4 shows a duplicated circle placed over the original circle we created earlier.
Figure 4: Circle's duplicate copy created
- Now we have to resize the
duplicated circle to a size that is a little smaller than
the original circle. To do that, carefully select the duplicated circle and right-click it -- and from the resultant menu, chose the Format Shape option as shown in Figure
Figure 5: Format Shape option selected
- This brings up the Format Shape dialog box (see Figure 6) -- make sure that the Size panel in the sidebar is active where you'll find the shape resize
options as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Format Shape dialog box
- Now, select the Lock aspect ratio check-box is checked
(highlighted in red in Figure 7).
the Height and Width values as required (we reduced
1 cm) within
the Size and rotate section. Previously, the Height and
Width values were 11.05 cm (refer in Figure
6 above) -- after reducing 1 cm, it now shows 10.05 cm,
as shown highlighted in green, in Figure
Figure 7: Size values changed within the Format Shape dialog box
- This will resize the duplicated circle, as shown in Figure
Figure 8: Resized duplicated circle
- Create several such duplicated copies one upon another to end up with as many circles
as you need (you will need to repeat steps 4 through 8 for each circle
you add, so that each circle is smaller than the previous circle) -- we did this repeatedly to end up with ten
circles, as shown in Figure
Figure 9: Array of ten circles placed one upon another
- Now, select all the circles
(see Figure 10) by pressing the Command+A shortcut key on your keyboard, or by dragging a
marquee around them.
Figure 10: All the circles selected
- With all the circles selected, access the Home tab of the Ribbon, and click the Arrange button. From the resultant drop-down gallery, select the Align or Distribute option, as shown in Figure 11. This bring up another sub-gallery with the options to align and distribute the selected shapes (refer to Figure 11 again). Make sure that the Align Selected Objects option within this sub-gallery is selected. Thereafter, click both the Align Center and the Align Middle options (highlighted in red in Figure 11) one after the other.
Figure 11: Align options to be selected within the Align or Distribute sub-gallery
- This will align all the circles to the center
of the first circle we created, as shown in Figure
12. Learn more
about aligning shapes in our Aligning
Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 tutorial.
Figure 12: All circles are aligned
- Now, you can change the color of individual circles. To do that,
select an individual circle and double click it to activate the Format tab of the Ribbon, locate the Shape Styles group, then click the downward arrow next to the Fill button to view the Fill drop-down
gallery that you can see in Figure 13.
Figure 13: Fill drop-down gallery
- Select one circle at a time and chose any color to use it as the shape fill color. You can also change the outline color of individual circles, or remove the outline from all circles completely, and you can also change the style of the circles by applying the Shape Styles.
14 shows the created target
Figure 14: Target diagram created in PowerPoint
- You can even add an Arrow shape on the target created, as
shown in Figure 15.
Figure 15: 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 2011 tutorial.
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