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3 Ways to Add an Arrow or Circle Text in Microsoft Word

Looking for a quick way to add basic shapes to your text? Here’s how you can do that.

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If you want your Word documents to stand out and have a certain flair to them, there are a few tricks you should employ routinely. One of these is adding arrows and circles to your text. This will give the necessary emphasis to important parts of the document while also elevating its presentation. So, without further, ado, here are 3 quick ways to add an arrow or circle text in Microsoft Word.

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Here’s how you can add an arrow in MS Word

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Step 1: Open the Word file. Place your cursor at the point where you want to insert the arrow.

Step 2: Click on ‘Insert’ and select ‘Shapes’.

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Step 3: Select an arrow from under the ‘Lines’ section. You can also choose a more elaborate shape for your arrow from the ‘Block Arrows’ section.

Step 4: Your mouse pointer will be replaced by a crosshair pointer. Use this pointer to draw an arrow wherever you want. You can change the outline and effect of the arrow too.

How to add an arrow symbol in MS Word

There are a bunch of Unicode and key combinations you can use to insert a handy arrow symbol wherever you want on your text. This is merely a symbol, so you cannot edit its size or colour. Here are all the major combinations you will need.

Type of Arrow Unicode Combo
Left arrow Alt + 8592
Right arrow Alt + 8594
Up arrow Alt + 8593
Down arrow Alt + 8595
Horizontal arrow pointing in both directions Alt + 8596
Vertical arrow pointing in both directions Alt + 8597


Type of Arrow Key Combination
Left arrow
  • –  >
Right arrow = = >
Up arrow < – –
Down arrow < = =
Horizontal arrow pointing in both directions < = >

Here’s how you can circle text in MS Word

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Need to circle a word to add more emphasis to it? Here’s how you can do it in Microsoft Word.

Step 1: Click on ‘Insert’ and select ‘Shapes’.

Step 2: Select a circle or an oval from basic shapes.

Step 3: Place the circle over the desired text.

Step 4: The circle will be filled up with a random colour by default, which means you won’t be able to view the word it is covered. To make the circle transparent click on the ‘Shape fill’ option in the toolbar and select ‘No fill’.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I insert a circle and arrow in Microsoft Word?

To insert an arrow and circle in a Word document, simply click on ‘Insert’ in the top menu and select ‘Shapes’. Click on the shape you want to add and it will appear on your document.

How do you circle a word in Microsoft Word?

To circle a word, click on Insert>Shapes and select Circle from basic shapes.

How do I type the symbol of an arrow in Microsoft Word?

To insert a left arrow symbol, simply press Alt and type 8592. For a right arrow symbol, press Alt and type 8594.

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These are the 3 quickest ways to add an arrow or circle text in Microsoft Word. These tricks will help you spruce up an ordinary text document and make it more fun to go through. Which MS Word tricks do you use the most? Let us know in the comments!

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