How to Circle Something on Google Docs

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You can circle text, number and images in Google Docs

To circle text in Google Docs:

  • Go to Insert > Drawing > + New button.
  • Select Shape option (a circle and square) > Shapes > and select a circular shape or oval shape.
  • Click inside the circle and add the text that you want to circle.

To circle an image in Google Docs:

  • Go to ‘Insert’ > Drawing > + New button.
  • Click on the 'Image' icon and upload the image.
  • When the image uploads, click on the 'Mask image' icon, go to 'Shapes' and select 'Oval'. 

Google Docs is a versatile word processing program that has many features. One of the many handy features you may not be familiar with is how to circle something in Google Docs.

Circling can be useful when you want to highlight a particular section of text or draw attention to an image. Luckily, there are easy ways you can do this.

In this post, you’ll learn how to circle different elements in Google Docs, such as words, numbers, and images. Let’s get right into it!

How to circle text in Google Docs

Circling words and phrases helps you make important info stand out for the readers so you can refer to it later.

This is how you can circle a word in Google Docs:

  1. Open the Google Docs document or go to https://docs.google.com/ and click on the 'Blank (+)' option to create an empty document. Alternatively, you can go to Google Drive, right-click and select Google Docs > Blank document.
  2. Then, hit ‘Insert’ from the toolbar menu > Drawing > + New button.

Select 'Insert'

Drawing > + New button

  1. From the Drawing window, select the Shape option (a circle and square) > Shapes > and select a circular shape or oval shape.

Select the 'Shape' option > Shapes > and select a circular shape or oval shape

  1. Now, draw a circle on the empty area of the document. Note: To create a perfect circle, ensure the width and height are equal.
  2. To make the circle transparent, double-click inside the circle > click on the ‘fill color' option > choose the transparent option.

Double-click inside the circle > click on the ‘fill color' option > choose the transparent option

  • Next, click inside the circle and add the text that you want to circle.

Add the text inside the circle

Further reading: How to insert word art in Google Docs.

How to customize the circled text in Google Docs

You can also customize the circle and the text based on your preferences.

  1. To increase the width of the circle line, click on the circle > Border weight > Select the desired pixel option.

Select 'Border weight'

  1. To make the text bold and, select the text and click and click on the More (…) option in the toolbar menu and click on the B option to make the text bold.

Click on 'More' and select 'Bold'

  1. To align the text in the center, click on the Align drop-down menu and select the Center option.

Select the 'Align' drop-down menu and select 'Center'

  1. To increase the font size of the text, click on the ‘+’ icon (Increase font size) in the toolbar.

When you are done with the customization, click on the ‘Save and Close’ button in the top-right corner to save the changes.

You can use the same steps above to circle a number in Google Docs, just instead of a text, you type in the number.

How to circle an image in Google Docs

You can also circle an image in Google Docs easily. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Google Docs or go to https://docs.google.com/ and click on the ‘Blank (+)’ to create an empty document. Alternatively, you can go to Google Drive, right-click and select Google Docs > Blank document.
  2. Click on ‘Insert’ in the toolbar menu.

Click on 'Insert'

  1. Go to the 'Drawing' tool and click on ‘+ New’.

Go to the 'Drawing' tool and select '+ New'

  1. When the drawing dashboard opens, select the ‘Image’ icon at the right of the toolbar. Insert the image to circle in Google Docs by choosing one of the options: Upload or Drag Image, By URL, Your Albums, Google Drive, and Search.

Click on the 'Image' icon

Upload an image

  1. When the image you want to circle opens in the drawing dashboard, click on it and select the ‘Mask image’ shown in the downwards arrow mark near the ‘Crop image’ tool.
  2. You should see the ‘Shapes’ option and ‘Oval’ under it. Click on it.

Click on the 'Mask image' icon, select Shapes’ option and ‘Oval’

  1. The image will be converted into a circular shape. Click on the ‘Border weight’ icon to change the width of the circle border. The preferable border thickness is ‘4px’.

Select the image border weight

  1. You can further customize your circled image by making a dotted circle border if you click on the ‘Border dash’.

Click on 'Border dash'

  1. Additionally, you can also add color to the border of the circle. Go to the menu bar, click on the border-color icon, and select a color.
  2. Also, you can resize the image. Double click on the image and drag the black tabs. Note: Make sure you drag the black tabs and not the blue nodes.

In the end, click on ‘Save and Close’ to save the circled image in Google Docs.

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