How to Create a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint


Need a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint? Here are simple instructions so you can either do it in PowerPoint, or in a free Lucidchart template.

Lucidchart lets you create professional-looking Venn diagrams with easy-to-use software. With all editing taking place in the cloud, it’s easy to collaborate with colleagues on a Venn diagram. You can even import images and share your diagram digitally or via print.

How to create a Venn diagram in PowerPoint

1. Open a new presentation in PowerPoint.

2. Clean up your canvas by changing the layout. Under Home, go to Layout, and choose the Blank Presentation style.

3. Click the Insert tab and select SmartArt.

Blank ThemeChoose SmartArt Template

Format your Venn diagram in PowerPoint

Add text

Once you have selected the SmartArt Graphic that you want, a dialog box will popup to add text to your Venn diagram. Fill out the text fields for each circle in the bullet point list.

Enter Venn Diagram Text

Style your Venn diagram

Right-click one of your Venn diagram circles. Select Format Shape. This will bring up a right-side panel with formatting options for both the text and the shape. Try changing the color—we switched our top circle to red.

Changing the Color of Shapes

Change the design

The standard layout can be spruced up; just click the Design tab. Here, we’ve kept the first theme, but changed the background to the third variant, with a black background, white text and circle outlines, and different shades for our circles.

Design Tab Ribbon

​Here’s what the final Venn diagram designed in PowerPoint looks like:

Final Venn Diagram

Let’s say that rather than a PPT file, we want to save our Venn diagram as a PNG image. You can do this by going to File > Export > Change File Type.

Make a Venn diagram in Lucidchart

Lucidchart has several useful features that you won’t find in PowerPoint, allowing you much more flexibility to create a beautiful Venn diagram. With the ability to format your Venn diagram to your heart’s content, you will be well on your way to creating stunning, professional-looking Venn diagrams.

Follow these simple steps to start on your incredible diagrams:

1. Sign up for a free Lucidchart account

You’re only a click and an email address away from a new Lucidchart account. Just click here—it should take less than a minute.

2. Add shapes or use a template

In Lucidchart, there are a few ways to build a Venn diagram. You can either drag and drop circles to build it manually or you can get a head start with one of our awesome templates.

To add shapes

  • Make sure you have the correct shape libraries open by clicking the “+ Shapes” button and selecting the Venn diagram libraries.

  • When you’re ready to begin, just drag a shape from the toolbox on the left and drop it onto the canvas.

Add a Shape

Use a template

  • In the Lucidchart Document Queue, click on the down arrow next to the orange “+ Document” button.

  • Click on the “Venn Diagram” template library on the right side of the screen and choose the template that you want!

Template Chooser

3. Style your Venn diagram

Give your Venn diagram a personal touch by adding custom colors and styles. You can edit Venn Diagram elements just like ordinary shapes, changing the colors, border style, border thickness, and much more.

  • For quick edits, right-click a shape. A menu will appear with popular editing options, like sending an item to the front or back, drawing a line, or switching the shape.

  • To move a shape, click and drag. Drag from an edge or corner to resize, and click and drag the handle icon to rotate.

  • To move multiple shapes, select them by holding down Shift as you click each object, and then drag as needed.

  • To modify text, including alignment and font size, select text and choose options from the properties bar at the top of the page.

  • To alter graphical qualities like fill color and gradients, select the element you want to modify and choose options from the properties bar at the top of the page.

Superhero Venn Diagram