Add text to the overlapping portions of circles in a Venn diagram


Keywords   overlap; intersect; intersecting circles; oval; insert text; venn oval; inside circle


Adding text to the overlapping portions of circles in a Venn diagram involves several steps which will be discussed in this article. First, add a shape, specifically an oval, on top of your Venn diagram. The oval should be about the size and shape of the overlapping portions of the circles. Rotate the oval, and then move the oval to position it over the overlapping portions. Finally, add text to the oval and then make the shape invisible, so that only the text shows.

This article discusses adding text to the overlapping portions of circles in a Venn diagram. To add text to the non-overlapping portions of a circle, or to change colors or styles of a Venn diagram, see Create a Venn diagram.

 Note   Before you begin, your presentation or document should contain a Venn diagram SmartArt graphic.

Which program are you using?


Office PowerPoint 2007

  1. In your presentation, click the Venn diagram that you want to add text to.
  2. Under SmartArt Tools, on the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click the arrow under Shapes, and then, under Recently Used Shapes, click Oval.

Insert shapes

  1. On top of the Venn diagram, draw an oval that is approximately the same size as the overlapping portions of the circles.

Draw oval

  1. Rotate the oval so that it is positioned at the same angle as the overlapping portions of the circles.

Rotate oval

  1. Move the oval to position the text over the overlapping portions of the circles.

Move oval

  1. Right-click the oval, click Edit Text, and then type your text.

Type in oval

  1. Right-click the oval, and then click Format Shape.
  2. On the Fill tab, click No fill.
  3. On the Line Color tab, click No line.
  4. Click Close.

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Office Word 2007

  1. In your document, click the Venn diagram that you want to add text to.
  2. Under SmartArt Tools, on the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click the arrow under Shapes, and then, under Recently Used Shapes, click Oval.

Insert shapes

  1. On top of the Venn diagram, draw an oval that is approximately the same size as the overlapping portions of the circles.

Draw oval

  1. Rotate the oval so that it is positioned at the same angle as the overlapping portions of the circles.

Rotate oval

  1. Move the oval to position the text over the overlapping portions of the circles.

Move oval

  1. Right-click the oval, click Edit Text, and then type your text.

Type in oval

  1. Right-click the oval, and then click Format AutoShape.
  2. On the Colors and Lines tab, under Fill, drag the Transparency slider to 100%.
  3. On the Colors and Lines tab, under Line, click the Color menu, and then click No Color.
  4. Click Close.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007