How to Draw Circles in Microsoft Word

By LaDonna Hadley

Learn how to add circles to your Microsoft Word 2013 document and use features such as color, 3-D effects and text.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Office Word 2010

Adding shapes to a document can draw attention to something you want to emphasize. Draw a circle in Microsoft Word 2013 using the tools in the Insert tab. Whether used alone or in combination with other shapes, a circle draws the attention of the reader.

Step 1

Place the cursor where you want the circle. From the Insert tab, click Shapes and choose the Oval.

Tip

Even though the shape is called Oval, it creates circles as well. After the first time you use the shape, it appears in Recently Used Shapes; otherwise, the oval is found in the Basic Shapes section.

Step 2

Select Shape Styles.

Press and hold the Shift key to constrain the shape to a circle. Click on the circle and hold while you drag the shape to the desired size. The tab automatically changes to the Format tab. You can fill the circle with a color, change the color and width of the line, and add effects from the Format tab. To see additional options, click the arrow to expand the Shape Styles menu.

Step 3

Choose Fill and Layout Options.

Use the Layout Options menu to choose how the circle appears in relation to text. Use the Fill menu to choose colors and styles inside the circle. Click on a selection in either menu to apply it to the circle.

Step 4

Select Line options.

To select Line options, click the arrow next to Line to expand the Line menu. When you click a selection, the change is automatically applied to the circle.

Step 5

Click Shape Effects.

If you want to add effects, click Shape Effects to view the drop-down menu. Expand any option by clicking the arrow next to it. Just like the other options, when you click on a feature, it is applied to the circle.

Step 6

Add text.

If you want text within the circle, double-click anywhere in the circle and a cursor appears. Type the text and press Enter when finished.