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Creating a Half Circle in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Learn to create a half-circle in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows. A half-circle is not the same as a semi-circle.

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 2007 for Windows.

Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2007 for Windows. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation. PowerPoint 2007 for Windows users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank.
  2. Under the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon, choose the Shapes button to view the Shape gallery that you can see in Figure 1. Select the Oval shape, and click once on the blank slide to place an instance of the oval shape. Position the circle as shown in Figure 2.

  3. Figure 1: Shapes

  4. Figure 2: Oval


  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 3.

  6. Figure 3: 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 4.

  8. Figure 4: Add outline
  9. Select the second and third circles, and format their fills to No Fill, as shown in Figure 5.

  10. Figure 5: No fill
  11. Now create a semi-circle on a new slide, as shown in our Creating a Semi-Circle in PowerPoint 2007 tutorial.
  12. 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 2). 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.

  13. Figure 6: Paste semi-circle
  14. Now carefully select the pasted semi-circle, right-click and choose Send To Back | Send Backward as shown in Figure 7.

  15. Figure 7: Send Backward
  16. 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.

  17. Figure 8: Half circle
  18. Save your presentation.
Related Link: My book Cutting Edge PowerPoint 2007 For Dummies covers many aspects of PowerPoint 2007. A free chapter excerpt PowerPointing with the Best of Them is available on this site.