2 Quick Tips to Enter Circled Numbers or Characters in Your Word Document

In the following article, we will provide you two ways to input circled numbers or characters in Word documents.

Sometimes when you process a Word document, it’s necessary to mark out certain numbers or characters so as to draw attention. In fact, it will make your document easy to read. Also, readers will be more pleasant to look through a document with diversified symbols.

Therefore, we are going to show you two easy and efficient methods to enter circled numbers or characters in your Word document. Just follow these tips step by step.

Tip 1: Circle Number between 1 to 20

  1. Firstly, open your Word document.
  2. Input number “2460”.
  3. Double click the number to select it.
  4. Then press “Alt+X”. By default, Word will convert the number into “①” automatically.

Naturally, the same tip applies for circling any number between 1 to 20. For example, if you key in number “2461”, and stick to the exact steps above, you will rightly get “②”. However, when the number amounts to “2473”, you are able to get “⑳” but no more larger number.

Tip 2: Circle Number Larger than 20 or Other Characters

  1. Firstly, input a number larger than 20 or other characters, such as number “22”.
  2. Click “Insert” on the “Toolbar” options.
  3. Choose “Picture” on the drop-down list.
  4. Next click “AutoShape”.  Click "Insert"->"Picture"->"AutoShape" to Get the Toolbar
  5. Click “Flowchart” option.
  6. Then continue to click the “Connector” icon. Now you mouse pointer will change into a crosshairs so you can drag it to draw a circle around the number.Click "Flowchart" on "AutoShape" then Click "Connector"
  7. You may find that the number is covered and you cannot see it. So right click the circle to choose “Format AutoShape”.Click the Circle Area and Right Click to Click "Format AutoShape"
  8. In the Property window shown, choose “No Fill” on the drop-down list for “Color” below the “Fill” area.In the Window Click Colors and Lines and Choose "No Fill"
  9. In the following “Line” area, choose black for the color.
  10. Set the number in “Weight” as 0.25.
  11. Next, click “OK”.Choose Black in "Line" and Change the "Weight" to 0.25pt then Click "OK"
  12. Now you can adjust the circle size according to your need.
  13. In case you have to circle another number or character, just click the circle and meanwhile press “Ctrl”. You will see a small crosshairs beside the mouse pointer.Click the Circle and Press "Ctrl" at the Same Time to Draw the Circle on Other Characters
  14. Then you are able to duplicate the circle by dragging the circle to other place and change its size accordingly.Adjust the Circle to the Size You Need


Certainly, the two tips described above will meet your requirement to circle numbers or characters in a Word document. Still, there is another trick to achieve the same effect. But it can only work in Word when at least one East Asian language is enabled. So let’s skip it for now.

Handle Word File Corruptions

It seems that Word is capable of everything. Thus, we can only imagine that if the Word shuts down abnormally, your documents will get corrupted. In order to tackle this problem, we can make good use of the built-in repair function in Word. Besides, there are other excellent third-party word recovery tools.

Author Introduction:

Vera Chen is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including excel recovery and pdf repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com


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