drawing/printing an exact circle


T

talisman

Hi,

probably an easy one for you experts but it's been annoying me for
while.

How do i print an exact circle. I have used the drawing oval tool i
excel and held shift to draw an exact circle. BUT, when I print (an
i've tried on a few printers) it comes out as an oval with (in thi
case) the x diameter longer then the y.

It also does this in word.

Please help me understand why i can't seem to print an exact circle..

thanks
 
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R

Ragdyer

Couple of things to try:

First, when I'm drawing a circle, the oval default display *is* a circle,
where to resize it, and keep it perfectly round, I *only* click and drag the
handles at the 4 corners, *without* using any additional keys (<Shift>,
<Ctrl>).
I *never* use the handles on the perimeter of the circle.

Second, select the object and right click in the selection to bring up the
pop-up menu, and click on "Format AutoShape".
Click on the "Properties" tab, and click on "Move But Don't Size With
Cells".

See if that helps.
I don't have any problems with printing circles.
 
N

n.hebb

This has been a pet peeve of mine for a long time. It's not just
autoshapes that are effected either. For example, if you set the column
width to create a grid, you can get the cell grids to look square on
screen but they print out rectangular.

My best guesstimate has been to set the width of the autoshape to 92%
of the height, then click the Lock Aspect Ratio checkbox in the
formatting dialog. It prints out relatively circular.

Nick Hebb
BreezeTree Software
http://www.breezetree.com
 
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T

talisman

Thanks nick, interesting. I'll give that a whirl. Never thought of
changing the percentage.

ta,
 

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