Draw a curve or circle shape

This article discusses curves, circles, or ovals. For information about about drawing lines, see Draw or delete a line, connector, or freeform shape.

What do you want to do?


Draw a curve

Which program are you using?


Excel

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes.

Excel Insert tab

  1. Under Lines, click Curve Button image.
  2. Click where you want the curve to start, drag to draw, and then click wherever you want to add a curve.
  3. To end a shape, do one of the following:
    • To leave the shape open, double-click at any time.
    • To close the shape, click near its starting point.

 Notes 

  • To adjust the curve to make it look smoother, click the shape. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click Edit ShapeButton image, and then click Edit Points. Drag one of the vertexes that outline the shape. A vertex is the point, indicated by a black dot, where a curve ends or the point where two line segments meet in a freeform, curve, or scribble shape.
  • To make it easier to draw details, increase the magnification to 200 percent. On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click Zoom, and then click 200%.
  • To increase your drawing control, set your pointer to the slowest speed available, in Control Panel.
  • By default, a closed shape is filled. To make sure that the shape doesn't obscure the cells underneath, select the shape, and then under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Fill, and then click No Fill.

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Outlook

  1. Insert a drawing canvas. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes, and then click New Drawing Canvas.

Word Insert tab

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click the More button Button image.
  2. Under Lines, click Curve Button image.
  3. Click where you want the curve to start, drag to draw, and then click wherever you want to add a curve.
  4. To end a shape, do one of the following:
    • To leave the shape open, double-click at any time.
    • To close the shape, click near its starting point.

 Notes 

  • To adjust the curve to make it look smoother, click the shape. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click Edit ShapeButton image, and then click Edit Points. Drag one of the vertexes that outline the shape. A vertex is the point, indicated by a black dot, where a curve ends or the point where two line segments meet in a freeform, curve, or scribble shape.
  • To increase your drawing control, set your pointer to the slowest speed available, in Control Panel.

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PowerPoint

  1. On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click Shapes.

PowerPoint Home tab

  1. Under Lines, click Curve Button image.
  2. Click where you want the curve to start, drag to draw, and then click wherever you want to add a curve.
  3. To end a shape, do one of the following:
    • To leave the shape open, double-click at any time.
    • To close the shape, click near its starting point.

 Notes 

  • To adjust the curve to make it look smoother, click the shape. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click Edit ShapeButton image, and then click Edit Points. Drag one of the vertexes that outline the shape. A vertex is the point, indicated by a black dot, where a curve ends or the point where two line segments meet in a freeform, curve, or scribble shape.
  • To make it easier to draw details, increase the magnification to 200 percent. On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click Zoom, and then click 200%.
  • To increase your drawing control, set your pointer to the slowest speed available, in Control Panel.
  • By default, a closed shape is filled. To make sure that the shape doesn't obscure the slide underneath, select the shape, and then under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Fill, and then click No Fill.

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Word

  1. Insert a drawing canvas. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes, and then click New Drawing Canvas.

Word Insert tab

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click the More button Button image.
  2. Under Lines, click Curve Button image.
  3. Click where you want the curve to start, drag to draw, and then click wherever you want to add a curve.
  4. To end a shape, do one of the following:
    • To leave the shape open, double-click at any time.
    • To close the shape, click near its starting point.

 Notes 

  • To adjust the curve to make it look smoother, click the shape. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click Edit ShapeButton image, and then click Edit Points. Drag one of the vertexes that outline the shape. A vertex is the point, indicated by a black dot, where a curve ends or the point where two line segments meet in a freeform, curve, or scribble shape.
  • To make it easier to draw details, increase the magnification to 200 percent. On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click Zoom, and then click 200%.
  • To increase your drawing control, set your pointer to the slowest speed available, in Control Panel.
  • By default, a closed shape is filled. To make sure that the shape doesn't obscure the text underneath, select the shape, and then under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Fill, and then click No Fill.

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Draw a circle

Which program are you using?


Excel

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes.

Excel Insert tab

  1. Under Basic Shapes, click Oval Oval shape image.
  2. Click where you want the circle to start. To make the shape a circle, press and hold SHIFT while you drag to draw.

 Notes 

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Outlook

  1. Insert a drawing canvas. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes, and then click New Drawing Canvas.

Word Insert tab

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click the More button Button image.
  2. Under Basic Shapes, click Oval Button image.
  3. Click where you want the circle to start. To make the shape a circle, press and hold SHIFT while you drag to draw.

 Notes 

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PowerPoint

  1. On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click Shapes.

PowerPoint Home tab

  1. Under Basic Shapes, click Oval Oval shape image.
  2. Click where you want the circle to start. To make the shape a circle, press and hold SHIFT while you drag to draw.

 Notes 

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Word

  1. Insert a drawing canvas. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes, and then click New Drawing Canvas.

Word Insert tab

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click the More button Button image.
  2. Under Basic Shapes, click Oval Button image.
  3. Click where you want the circle to start. To make the shape a circle, press and hold SHIFT while you drag to draw.

 Notes 

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007