How to Put Text in a Circle in MS Publisher

Updated February 21, 2017

The Microsoft Publisher software joins other Office Suite products in the Microsoft Office Suite Professional version, providing quick templates for materials such as newsletters, business cards, mailing labels and banners. Publisher’s layout and design interface puts every bit of customisation into your hands; you can determine how your documents look and appear by using the program’s tools. Even text becomes decorative when you add it inside a circle, drawing the eye right to your message on the Publisher page.

Open Publisher. To add text in a circle to a document you’ve already created, click “Open” and browse to that file. Double-click it and it opens in the Publisher workspace. Navigate to the place on the page where you want the text. Otherwise, double-click the “Blank” page on the “Available Templates” pane on the screen. A blank 8.5-by-11-inch page opens in the workspace.

Click the “Shapes” button under the “Objects” section on the toolbar at the top of the page. Select a circle shape from the drop-down options.

Position your cursor on the blank page, click and hold down the left mouse key and drag until a circle forms on the page. You can adjust the size at any time after adding the text in to make it fit.

Click the “Insert” tab at the top of the screen.

Click the “Draw Text Box” button and draw a square shape directly inside the circle. This can also be resized at any time.

Type your text message inside the text box.

(Optional) Highlight the text and click the “Home” tab at the top of the screen. Use the controls in the “Font” section to change the words’ font, size and colour.

Click off the text box and circle and onto the white space of the Publisher page. Resize the text box or circle by clicking the item, grabbing a corner and dragging.

Click the “File” tab, click “Save As,” give the file a name and save it to your computer.

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About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.