How to Circle Something in Google Docs?

Google Docs is a wide text editor having a lot of functionalities such as “searching a word”, “making a poster”, “merging the table cells”, and much more. Moreover, It is also beneficial to circle the text, image, or number that shows the importance of an object around a circle. This tutorial demonstrates two examples of circling something, either a “text” or an “image” in Google Docs. The content of this post is:

Let’s start with the method:

How to Circle Something in Google Docs?

In a Google Docs document, a specific piece of content can be circled to make it prominent among other parts of the document. In this section, we will illustrate two examples from which you can learn to circle an image or a text/number in Google Docs.

Let’s start with Example 1:

Example 1: How to Circle an Image in Google Docs?

Here, a sample document is considered where an image will be circled first, and then it will be added to the document. For better understanding, the process is divided into various steps that are described below:

Step 1: Open the Document

Open a document and navigate to the “Insert” tab. After clicking on it, choose the “Drawing” option from the dropdown and navigate to the “New” option:

Step 2: Add an Image

A “Drawing” window will be opened. To add an image, click on the “Image” option from the toolbar:

An “Insert image” window will be opened by pressing the “Image” option. Next, click on the “Choose an image to upload” button from this window to insert an image:

The image is uploaded on the drawing window and will be displayed as shown below:

Step 3: Add a Circle Around the Image

To add a circle around an image, click on the “Shape” option from the toolbar. Select the “Oval” shape from the list of pre-defined images:

Next, we will draw the selected oval shape on the inserted image by using the mouse pointer. The following options are utilized:

  • Drawn a circle of suitable dimensions that fit around the image.
  • Set the style of the circle to transparent.
  • Set the border weight and color of the circle.

Lastly, click on the “Save and close” button to insert that shape in the document. The whole process is described in the following “GIF”:

It is observed from the above “GIF” that the circled image is inserted into the document.

Let’s learn how to circle text in Google Docs.

Example 2: How to Circle a Text/Number in Google Docs?

Here is another example of adding a circle around a text using the “Drawing” window. Follow the below-stated steps:

Step 1: Open a Drawing

The first step is to move toward the “Insert” tab. A drop-down list will pop up with several options. Select the “Drawing” option and next click on the “New” option from the submenu of “Drawing”:

Step 2: Create a Textbox

A “Drawing” window will pop up. In this “Drawing” window, use the “Text box” option shown in the toolbar to add text:

The text can also be edited using the selected option in the screenshot:

Step 3: Draw a Circle

Now, draw a circle around the text written in the “Drawing” window. For this process, move to the “Shape” option and then select the “Oval” shape from the pop-up menu of “Shapes”:

Draw the circle around the text by using the cursor of the mouse. Customize the circle by changing its background color, border color, and border width (same as did in example 1). The procedure can be viewed in the following “GIF”:

Press the “Save and close” button on the top right corner of the drawing window. The circled text will automatically appear on the Google Docs existing document:

The output shows that the circled text is displayed on the document. The same process can be followed to circle a number in Google Docs.

That’s all from today’s Google Docs guide!


In Google Docs, the user can easily circle a text, image, or number by utilizing the “Drawing” window. The “Drawing” window offers “Shapes” options to select the specific shape required by the user. In this tutorial, we have briefly explained two examples of circling an image and a text using the drawing window in Google Docs.