How to Draw a Circle Around a Word in a PowerPoint Document

Updated February 21, 2017

Microsoft PowerPoint, the slideshow component of the Microsoft Office Suite, offers a platform for presenting information to an audience, whether those viewers are an in-person ballroom of three thousand or virtual audience viewing from a website. Keeping viewers engaged slide after slide can require you to specifically direct their attention to specific points on a slide. With PowerPoint, let audiences know a specific word is important by circling it.

Open PowerPoint. To add a circle to a word in an existing document, click the "File" tab, select "Open," browse to the presentation and double-click it. Scroll to the slide with the word to circle. Otherwise, type the word on the new slide defaulted with opening the PowerPoint program.

Click off the text box the word is in to remove the dotted lines of the text box from the screen.

Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen. Click the "Shapes" button on the ribbon/toolbar below the tab.

Select the circle shape from the "Basic Shapes" section of the drop-down menu. Notice the cursor changes to a plus sign.

Position the cursor on the slide, press and hold down the left mouse button and drag the cursor to form the circle around the word. The circle may fill in with colour, blocking the word.

Right-click the circle and select "Format Shape." The "Format Shape" window opens with "Fill" defaulted. Click the "No fill" button and the word now appears in a circle.


Click the "Line Color" option in the column on the left side of the window. Pull down the "Color" menu and select the colour for the circle; PowerPoint's default may be set as blue. Click the "Close" button and the word appears in a circle.

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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.