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PowerPoint Tutorial #5- Simplest Way to Create Circular Arrows in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tutorial #5- Simplest Way to Create Circular Arrows in PowerPoint

There are two kinds of presentations. One that contains the usual boring, default SmartArt shapes and one that grabs the attention of its audience using creative graphics that the audience hasn’t seen before. There’s no doubt that everyone would like to have the latter one but the myth that these figures are difficult to draw and are time consuming keeps most users at bay.


Circular Arrows are one of the most commonly used graphics in business presentations and you can use this to your advantage by displaying these creative circular arrows and winning over your audience.


Circular Arrows Designs you may like
circular arrows

The following colorful circular arrow will definitely help you engage your audience in your presentation. The figure is simple yet attractive. Creating this colorful circular arrow is even simpler. The steps outlined in this article will help you create the below circular arrow in less than 5 minutes.


Creative colorful circular arrow


Steps To Create Colorful Circular Arrows in PowerPoint 2013



Insert the Donut Shape


2. Adjust the width of the inner circle by moving the yellow handle towards the outer boundary (see the screenshot below).

Move the yellow handle to adjust the width of the shape


3. Draw two rectangles (locate the rectangle shape from the Shapes menu) and place them on the donut as shown below.

Place two Rectangles over the Donut Shape


4. Select the donut first, press Shift and select the two rectangles. Go to FORMAT > ARRANGE > ALIGN CENTER > ALIGN MIDDLE.

Align the Rectangles to the Shape


5. Now, once again select the donut and then the rectangles. Go to FORMAT >MERGE SHAPES > FRAGMENT

Fragment the shape


6. Delete the unwanted figures (we have marked it in yellow for your ease of understanding).

Delete the unwanted figures marked in yellow color


By now you have with you the base of the diagram which took less than 3 minutes to complete.


7. Now, to get the tips of the arrows, go to Basic Shapes and choose TRIANGLE.

Choose a triangle to get an arrow like shape


8. Use ALT and RIGHT ARROW KEY and move the triangle to bring it to 90 degrees angle and then place it at the tip of the shape given.

Press alt and right arrow key to move the triangle to 90 degrees


9. You can reduce the size of the triangle (as shown below in the image) to ensure that it fits properly between the figures created earlier.

Adjust the triangle to reduce the size of it


10. Create three more similar triangles by duplicating the original one and place them at their respective places.


Note: Do remember to rotate the rest of the Triangles to 90 degrees angle to get the shape of the Circular Arrows. To rotate the triangles to 90 Degrees, go to Arrange> Rotate > Rotate Right 90 degrees (as shown below).

Rotate other Triangles as well to 90 degrees


11. Group a triangle and the adjoining curve to create a circular arrow by pressing Ctrl+G. Do it for all 4 fragmented parts to have 4 circular arrows. You can customize the colors of each of the arrows as per your preference.  To do that, right click on the arrow , go to the Outline menu (see the screenshot below) and click No Outline to remove the borders. Fill the shape with the color of your choice (using Fill) and you have an awesome Circular Arrow diagram with you that you can use in your PowerPoint presentation.

Customize the colors of the circular arrows as per your preference


12. Get your text aligned to the shape of the arrows. Select your text> go to Format> Text Effects> Transform. Choose the first option Arch Up for the upper two arrows and the second option Arch Down for the bottom two arrows.

Align your text properly


You have with you the creatively designed Circular Arrow.

Colorful circular arrow PowerPoint slide


You can also stun your audience by adding awesome graphics of Circular Arrows. Here are some creative Circular Arrows PowerPoint Slides which can immediately catch your audience’s attention.


Professionally Designed Circular Arrow Templates

Following are some stunning circular arrow diagrams designed by our Presentation Design Services team. All of them are fully editable in PowerPoint so that you can change them to suit your presentation requirements:


Professional PowerPoint Template #1

Professional Circular Arrow PowerPoint Template 1

Click here to download this amazing diagram.


Professional PowerPoint Template #2

Professional Circular Arrow Template for Time Management

Download this creative diagram, add your content and explain the six stages of business process. Yes, it’s the same graphic that we have used in our banner visual on top.


Professional PowerPoint Template #3

Editable Circular Arrows PowerPoint Template 3

Grab this creatively designed Template by clicking here.


Professional PowerPoint Template #4

Circular Arrow Diagram 4

Download this diagram and simply add your content in this slide.



Here are some additional Circular Arrows Diagrams you may like
circular arrows

How much time did you take in creating the circular arrows? It took us less than 5 minutes. Share with us your feedback on this PowerPoint tutorial in the comments below. And stay tuned for more!


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49 thoughts on “PowerPoint Tutorial #5- Simplest Way to Create Circular Arrows in PowerPoint”
  1. Ruchita Thakur
    Ruchita Thakur
    Very nicely explained.. You made it look so easy. Thanks!!
    1. slideteam
      Thank you so much Ruchita for appreciating our efforts! :)
  2. Raja Sekhar
    Thats amazing and simple
    1. slideteam
      Thank you Raja Sekhar! We'll keep sharing more amazing and simple hacks with you. :)
  3. Elahe
    I love the ideas. They were really great. Thank you so much.
    1. slideteam
      We are so excited to hear that Elahe. Thank you for you kind words. :)
  4. Oken
    For step 7 we could use 'SUBTRACT' instead of fragment.
    Sincerely I never knew \ppt could do this stuff. Thanks for sharing.
    1. slideteam
      Yes Oken we can use Subtract too. Truly, PowerPoint has some really cool functionalities that are hardly known. We will keep sharing exciting new tips and tricks. Stay tuned! :)
    2. Jim
      I used 'subtract' in PP 2010 and it left the pieces of the circle as one object. I can't select each piece individually. 'Fragment' isn't available in 2010?
      1. slideteam
        Sorry Jim, we don't know how this comment skipped us. Did you find answer to your query? Please let us know if you face trouble while following any of our tutorials.
  5. Ines
    This is fantastic.

    Thanks a lot.

    1. slideteam
      Thank you Ines! We are happy you liked the post. :)
  6. Nasrin Sadeghi
    Nasrin Sadeghi
    very amazing!!

    thank you so much.
    1. slideteam
      It is our pleasure Nasrin. Thanks for appreciating! :)
  7. Laurie Mack
    Wow - so manyhelpful hints contained in the demo. Thank you!
    1. slideteam
      Super glad you liked the tutorial Laurie! We have already published more than 12 tutorials. You'll love them too. Thanks. :)
  8. Fateme
    thank you so much.
    1. slideteam
      Our pleasure Fateme! :)
  9. Manjusha
    Very well presented
    1. slideteam
      Thank you Manjusha!
  10. Jim
    Can this be done in PowerPoint 2010?
  11. arvind
    Thanks team. I was badly looking for such arrow based graphics
    1. slideteam
      Thank you Arvind. Happy our post was timely! :)
  12. VS Murthy
    It is fantastic
    1. slideteam
      Thank you VS Murthy!!!
  13. Anand Mohan Sahay
    Anand Mohan Sahay
    Very nicely explained thanks
    1. slideteam
      Glad you liked it Anand! :)
  14. Alice Ma
    This is a great tutorial. However, I couldn't change the color of the arrows. After shape subtracting, the graphics becomes a group which can't be ungrouped. Please advise how may I ungroup the graphic.

    Thanks a lot.
    1. slideteam
      Hi Alice, sorry...don't know how this comment totally skipped us. Did you find answer to your query? Please let us know if you are still facing trouble anywhere. We have updated the blog with many new tutorials.
  15. SOHYLA
    We are happy... liked the post. :)THANKS
    1. slideteam
      Thank you Sohyla!
  16. Akpanam Henry Mkpa
    Akpanam Henry Mkpa
    I wish I subscribed to these information years ago. You guys made it look so easy and I can follow through with ease.

    Thanks a bunch. I really appreciate it. Keep more coming.

    1. slideteam
      Thank you so much Akpanam! We have tons of such informative articles for you. Stay tuned! :)
  17. Ben
    Thanks for the good article, I was researching for details like this, going to check out the other articles.
    1. slideteam
      Glad you liked the article Ben!
  18. Ayeesha Zawahir
    Ayeesha Zawahir
    I was just ignoring the emails you sent. But once when I opened I found that I can get good tips. Since then I have been regularly reading them. Thanks for sharing good ideas. This is really going to help me in my presentations.
    Thank you once again and looking forward to more ideas.
    1. slideteam
      We are glad you opened that one email and became our regular reader. Thanks for sharing that Ayeesha. We won't let you down! :)
    Great! Thanks
    1. slideteam
      You are most welcome, William! :)
  20. Raul
    I could not find merge shapes under format options

    is it only on a certain version of Powerpoint?. I have MSO Professional Plus 2010.
    1. slideteam
      Hi Raul, this feature is in PowerPoint 2010 but is hidden. Please follow the steps as outlined in this post to add the Merge Shapes (Combine Shapes in 2010) added to your PowerPoint ribbon-
  21. Rahmat
    I love the ideas. They were really great. Thank you so much.
    1. slideteam
      Most welcome Rahmat!
  22. Lydia Kamau
    Lydia Kamau
    Very nicely explained, never thought it was that easy and fast!
    1. Hanisha Kapoor
      Hanisha Kapoor
      Thank You Lydia. Glad it helped.
  23. Harkirat
    Thats amazing stuff
    1. slideteam
      Thank you so much Harkirat! :)
  24. Joseph
    Thank you so much! This was very helpful, saved me some time.
    1. slideteam
      Glad to hear that, Joseph! You are most welcome. :)
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