How to create a cycle flow chart using four arrows in a circle

  • PowerPoint
  • 2016
If you create a diagram, graphic or even flow chart with cyclic procedures, you can use predefined SmartArt graphics, but Cycle diagrams set is very limited. Moreover, modification of SmartArt graphic is not easy and sometimes you will spend a lot of time for even trivial change. So, it is easier to create your own arrows in a circle diagram if you want to add a fresh look for your presentation.
Four arrows in circle PowerPoint 2016

See also how to stress on cyclic processes using two arrow circle diagram.

To create the picture like the one above, follow next steps:

    1.    On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, select Shapes:

Shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    2.    On the Shapes list, in the Block Arrows group, choose the Circle: Hollow shape:

Basic Shapes in PowerPoint 2016

For example:

Circle: Hollow shape in PowerPoint 2016

    3.    After pasting this shape into your slide, change it like you want by using yellow point, and then add arrow or Isosceles triangle:

Triangle shape in PowerPoint 2016

    4.    Copy arrow or triangle three times (for example, by clicking Ctrl+D).

    5.    Positioning all arrows or triangles in the appropriate positions:

Four triagles in circle shape in PowerPoint 2016

    6.    Rotate three arrows or triangles by doing one of the following:

  • Using the rotation handle in the top of the selecting border:
    Rotation handle in PowerPoint 2016
  • Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, select some commands in the Rotate dropdown list:
    Rotation in PowerPoint 2016

    For example, for the shape:

    • in top - select Rotate Right 90o
    • in right - select Flip Vertical
    • in bottom - select Rotate Left 90o.

  • In the Format Shape pane (to open the Format Shape pane, right-click on the shape and choose Format Shape… in the popup menu), on the Shape Options tab, in the Size & Properties group, in the Size section, choose or enter different volumes – 90o, 180o and 270o in the Rotation edit box:
Rotation shape in PowerPoint 2016

After rotating, it should look like:

Rotated triangle shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    7.    Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, choose the Merge Shapes dropdown list and then select Fragment:

Fragment shapes in PowerPoint 2016

You will see a lot of fragments:

Fragmented shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    8.    Select parts then you really need for the first arrow:

Parts for one arrow PowerPoint 2016

    9.    Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, choose the Marge Shapes dropdown list and then select Union:

Union shapes in PowerPoint 2016

You will see the new circling arrow:

Circling arrow in PowerPoint 2016

    10.    Repeat previous two steps for the next three arrows, remove the last part (centered one) from fragmentation and you will see the result that you can use in the presentation to highlight circling:

Arrows in circle in PowerPoint 2016

    11.    You can group these two arrows and format them like you want.

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