How to Insert Letters or Numbers with Circles in Word

Letters or Numbers 0 to 20Numbers Greater than 20

There are a couple of ways that you can insert numbers or letters with a circle in a word document. If you want to insert letters (both low case or upper case) and numbers from 0 to 20 with a circle, you can insert them as symbols or you can follow the second part of this post to insert circled numbers that are greater than 20.

1. Insert Letters or Numbers 0 to 20

Step 1: Click the "Insert" tab from the ribbon;

Step 2: click "Symbol" in the "Symbols" section, then click "More symbols" from the drop-down list;

Step 3: Select "Yo Gothic Light" in the "Font" box, and use one of the two ways to find the circled numbers or letters:

– Drag the scroll bar down till you find the circled numbers or letters;

– Select "Enclosed Alphanumerics" from the Subset drop-down list to locate the circled numbers, then move down the scroll bar a bit to find the circled letters: upper case and low case;

Step 4: Click on the number or letter and click "Insert" at the bottom to finish.

2. Insert Number Greater than 20

You may have already noticed that you cannot find the circled numbers that are greater than 20 in the first method.

The following is the way that you can insert any circled numbers or letters.

Step 1: Insert a circle shape by clicking the "Insert" tab, then select the "Oval" shape;

Step 2: Draw a circle in the word file by pressing the "Shift" key which is designed to make a perfect circle;

Step 3: Double click the circle and remove the background to leave the circle transparent;

Step 4: You can right-click and select "Set as Default Shape" so you will have the circle with no fill background when you draw an oval or circle shape next time;

Step 5: Type a number and format the paragraph to have no space before and after, also set to single line space;

Step 6: Drag the circle on top of the number and re-size the circle to fit with the number.

You can have a check mark or X mark with a circle by following the same procedure.


  1. Kim DeLong August 29, 2019
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