# Drawing a Circle or Ellipse

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- What is Draw?
- Parts of the main Draw window
- Choosing and defining colors
- Positioning objects with Snap functions
- Positioning objects with guiding lines
- The basic drawing shapes
- Drawing geometric shapes
- Selecting objects
- Moving and dynamically adjusting an object’s size
- Editing objects
- Using styles
- Special effects
- Combining multiple objects
- Aids for positioning objects
- Inserting and editing pictures
- Working with 3D objects
- Exporting graphics
- Adding comments to a drawing

### Drawing a Circle or Ellipse

To draw an ellipse (also called an oval) or a circle, use the Ellipse icon . (A circle is simply an ellipse with both axes the same length.) The ellipse drawn is the largest ellipse that fits inside the (imaginary) rectangle drawn with the mouse.

*Figure 148: Drawing an ellipse*

Here are some other ways to draw an ellipse or circle:

- To draw a circle, hold down the ⇧ Shift key while dragging the mouse.
- To draw an ellipse with the starting point at the center (instead of the corner), hold down the Alt key while dragging the mouse.
- To draw a circle with the starting point at the center, hold down both the Alt and ⇧ Shift keys while dragging the mouse.
- To draw an ellipse or circle that snaps to the nearest grid points, hold down the Ctrl key while dragging the mouse.

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