Numbered Circular Arrows in PowerPoint using SmartArt

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Learn to create numbered circular arrows in using SmartArt tool. Follow our simple step by step instructions in PowerPoint 2010 to create this useful graphic.

The numbered circular arrows in PowerPoint you’ll learn to create:

Circular arrows in PowerPoint

You can create this useful diagram template using SmartArt tool. Let us learn to create the graphic from scratch.

Step 1: Insert relevant SmartArt graphic

Go to Insert -> SmartArt -> Cycle -> Segmented cycle graphic.

SmartArt Segmented Cycle Menu You will get the following segmented circle graphic:

Segmented Circle Graphic Click on the small triangle on the bounding box of the graphic and go to Text pane of SmartArt. Press ‘Enter’ twice to get a five segmented circle.

Five segmented circle

Step 2: Convert to Shapes

Now go to ‘Design’ tab in the PowerPoint ribbon and select ‘Convert’ -> ‘Convert to Shapes’ option:

Convert to Shapes option

In PowerPoint 2007….

You can achieve the result of Convert to Shapes by using Ctrl + A to select all elements in the diagram, Ctrl + X to cut it.

Then you delete the bounding box that is left behind. Finally, Paste back the diagram using Ctrl + V option.

Now delete everything but the circular arrows to get this:

Circular Arrows Related: Interesting alternatives to circular arrows

Step 3: Add numbers to the circular arrows

Go to Auto shapes menu and choose oval tool. Draw a small circle while holding the ‘Shift’ tab. Place a circle on the outer edge of each of the circular arrows as shown below:

Add Numbers to Circular Arrow Select a circular arrow and the corresponding circle while holding the ‘Shift’ tab. Select ‘Shape Union’ option on your Quick access toolbar. (If you don’t have ‘Shape union’ option on your quick access toolbar, please refer to this tutorial to reorganize your quick access toolbar)

Repeat the procedure for all the circular arrows and their corresponding circles. You will get the following result:

Circular Flow with Labels Now, all that is left is – to add a quick style of your choice under ‘Design’ tab in PowerPoint ribbon and add relevant text to the diagram to complete the template.

Circular arrows graphic - from Presentation Process Related: 3D Curved Arrows tutorial

Variations of the numbered circular arrows graphic:

We wish to show you some interesting variations of the graphic taken from our ‘PowerPoint Graphics and Concepts Templates Packs for CEOs- Vol. 2’. The CEO pack has more than 815 premium charts, concepts, graphics and diagrams to help you visualize every business idea imaginable.

Here is the variation with three circular arrows in PowerPoint:

3 Step Circular Process Flow from PowerPoint CEO Pack 2

Source: PowerPoint Circular Process Templates from CEO Pack 2

The variation with four arrows from the same pack:

4 Step Circular Process from PowerPoint CEO Pack 2 Looped Process Flow from CEO Pack 2

Browse more Circular Process Templates from CEO Pack 2

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Using the templates from the CEO packs is quite easy. Just choose the template that reflects your thought. Replace the sample text with your own text and your business slides get ready in no time. Creating professional quality business slides has never been easier.

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