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Drawing a Perfect Circle in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to draw a perfect circle in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X

Date Created: June 17th 2011
Last Updated: June 17th 2011

Drawing shapes in PowerPoint is drop-dead easy with the vast repertoire of readymade shapes available in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. You can easily insert these shapes with a click or two, but some tricks can help you take these shapes further -- in this tutorial, I'll show you how you can draw a perfect circle.

Follow these steps to explore how:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2011. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation -- PowerPoint 2011 users can change the slide layout to Blank.

  2. Within the Home tab of the Ribbon, locate the Insert group and within this, click the Shape button to view the Shape gallery that you can see in Figure 1. Select the Oval shape from the Basic Shapes since that's what we will use to draw a circle.

    Oval shape selected
    Figure 1: Oval shape selected

  3. 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.

      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 on the slide. Don't let go off the mouse yet -- instead, hold the Shift key while dragging to constrain the height and width proportions, as shown in Figure 3. Optionally, you can hold the Alt (Option) key (in addition to the Shift key) to draw a circle from the center.

      Drawing Circle holding the shift key
      Figure 3: Drawing a circle holding the Shift key

  4. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Drawing a Perfect Circle in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Drawing a Perfect Circle in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows


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