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Creating a Half Circle in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows

Learn to create a half-circle in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2003 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher

An Indezine reader asked me if he could create three circles next to each other, and make sure that they looked like this:

  • The first circle should be filled-in full (entirely)
  • The second circle should be half full
  • The third and last circle should have no fill (empty)

The first and third circles are easy, all you need to do is ensure that the first circle has both an outline and a solid fill, and that the third circle has only an outline with no fill. The second circle though is an easy challenge that we'll teach you create in this one page tutorial using PowerPoint 2003 for Windows.

Follow these steps to get started:

  1. PowerPoint 2003 for Windows. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation. Users can change the slide layout to Blank (or Title Only) by selecting Format | Slide Layout, and then choose the Blank (or Title Only) layout in the resultant task pane.
  2. You will find the Oval AutoShape option in the Drawing toolbar located below the PowerPoint interface. Select this option, and click once on the blank slide to place a circle AutoShape. Press the Ctrl key to constrain and resize as required so that the circle does not elongate to an oval shape. Position the circle as shown in Figure 1.
  3. Circle
    Figure 1: Circle
  4. Tip: If you can't see the Drawing toolbar, choose View | Toolbars | Drawing.
  5. Copy the circle (select and press Ctrl + C), and paste twice (Ctrl + V) to end up with three circles. Reposition as shown in Figure 2.
  6. Copy circle
    Figure 2: Copy circle
  7. Select all three circles, and add a medium-thick outline to them. You can also change the line color. Your slide will look similar to what you can see in Figure 3.
  8. Add outline
    Figure 3: Add outline
  9. Select the second and third circles, and format their fills to No Fill, as shown in Figure 4.
  10. No fill
    Figure 4: No fill
  11. Now create a semi-circle on a new slide, as shown in our Creating a Semi-Circle in PowerPoint 2003 tutorial.
  12. Rotate the semi-circle 180 degrees using the green rotation handle on top so that your semi-circle looks like what you can see in Figure 5.
  13. Rotate circle
    Figure 5: Rotate circle
  14. Set the outline for this semi-circle to no fill, and match the solid color fill to the same as the fill in the first circle (refer to Figure 1). Copy this semi-circle and paste it on top of the second circle so that it looks like what you can see in Figure 6.
  15. Paste semi-circle
    Figure 6: Paste semi-circle
  16. Now carefully select the pasted semi-circle, right-click and choose Order | Send Backward as shown in Figure 7.
  17. Send Backward
    Figure 7: Send Backward
  18. Repeat the Send Backward option until the semi-circle is behind the full circle and looks like a half circle as shown in Figure 8.
  19. Half circle
    Figure 8: Half circle
  20. Save your presentation.
Related Link: Learn how to do more with AutoShapes in this free excerpt from my book: Cutting Edge PowerPoint For Dummies. Read a free chapter called AutoShape Magic here.

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