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How to circle around a cell in Excel?

When you edit a worksheet, you may want to draw a circle around a cell to show it obviously just as below screenshot shown. Now I will introduce some tricks for you to circle around a cell in Excel.

Circle around a cell with Oval shape

Circle around a cell with VBA

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To circle around a cell, you need to insert an oval shape.

1. Click Insert > Shapes, and select Oval shape from the Basic Shapes section in the list. See screenshot:

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2. Draw the oval to circle around the cell you need. See screenshot:

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3. Right click at the shape and select Format Shape from context menu.

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4. In the Format Shape dialog (or Format Shape pane), click Fill tab, and drag the arrow of Transparency to the right to make sure 100% displaying in the textbox. See screenshot:

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5. Close the dialog. Now you can see there is a circle around the cell.

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Tip: In default, the shape will move and resize with the cell.

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If you want to quickly circle around a cell, you can use the VBA code.

1. Select the cell you want to circle and press Alt + F11 keys together to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module and copy the follow VBA code to the popped out window.

VBA: Circle around a cell.

Sub DrawCircle()
	'Updateby20141105
	Dim Arng As Range
	Dim WorkRng As Range
	Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
	For Each Arng In WorkRng.Areas
		With Arng
			x = Arng.Height * 0.1
			y = Arng.Width * 0.1
			Application.ActiveSheet.Ovals.Add Top: = .Top - x, Left: = .Left - y, _
			Height: = .Height + 2 * x, Width: = .Width + 1.5 * y
			With Application.ActiveSheet.Ovals(ActiveSheet.Ovals.Count)
				.Interior.ColorIndex = xlNone
				.ShapeRange.Line.Weight = 1.25
			End With
		End With
	Next
	WorkRng.Select
End Sub

3. Press F5 key or click Run button to run the VBA code, now the selected cell is circled.

Tips:

(1) If you select multiple adjacent cells in the first step, this VBA macro will circle around these cells together.

(2) If you select multiple non-adjacent cells in the first step, this VBA macro will circle around each cell individually.

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    Zach · 3 years ago
    Thank you so much for this tip! I used the macro and it worked fantastically. I added macro multiple times for different colored ovals.

    One question - how do I shift the oval over to right on the cell slightly. I think this would better center the oval for the size of my cells.

    Thanks,
    Zach