Align Text to Shapes in Draw

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Different Curve Shapes with Text


This video shows in the example how text can be arranged in a circle.

Text can basically be aligned to curves.

Since objects can be converted to curves, text can also be aligned to any object or curve.

Link to the Video

Link to the Video (in German [DE]):

Schrift an Formen ausrichten in Draw

Align Text to a Circle

Convert ▸ To Curve Contextmenu
Circle enclosed with text

Customize toolbar

Open Draw.

For our purposes you use the Drawing Toolbar.

If it is not visible, it can be selected from the menu with View ▸ Toolbars.

Right click on the Toolbar bar and select the "Customise Toolbar…".

In the "Customise" dialog the "Toolbars" Tab select.

Then select in "Category" = "Format".

At "Function", "Fontwork" click on it.

Click the right arrow in the middle (Add entry).

Click on OK.

The "Drawing" toolbar now also has the "Fontwork" icon. 202204 Draw Symbol Fontwork.png

Draw a Circle

On the "Drawing" toolbar, select the "Circle" 742 Draw Icon Circle.png icon.

In principle, any object (circle, square, rectangle, hexagon, octagon, etc) can be used.

Draw a circle.

In the sidebar, select "None" for "Area and Fill".

The circle is now transparent and has a coloured border.

Convert Circle to Curve

Right click on the Circle.

Choose Convert ▸ To Curve from the Context menu.

The Circle is now defined as a Curve.

Add text

You double-click on the circle so that the cursor flashes in the middle of the circle.

Now you can write the desired text.

Here in the example you write: "This is a long text ".

Please insert a space directly after the word "Text ".

Now you click on the "Fontwork" icon. 202204 Draw Symbol Fontwork.png

Rotate text

The "Fontwork" dialog.

In it you click on the "Rotate" icon.

This causes the text to be placed on the arc.

However, the text does not yet go around the circle.

Close Text around the circle

To make the Text enclose the entire Circle, click on the "AutoSize Text" icon.

Now the Text goes completely around the Circle.

You can now also see why a space was inserted after the word "Text".

It provides the distance to the beginning of the sentence.


The appearance depends on many factors.

These are, for example: font, text length and circle size.

Change circle border

If the circle edge is disturbing, you can set the line color in the sidebar to "white".

Customizes toolbar

In LibreOffice version 7.0 and higher the toolbars are fixed by default.

This is noticeable by the fact that the so-called tear-off bar is not visible.

Irrespective of the tear-off bar, you can right-click on the toolbar and select "Customise toolbar..." in the context menu.

If you do not want to click on a symbol, you can also right-click on one of the dividing lines in a toolbar.

If the tear-off bar is not present, you can also remove the check mark from "Fix toolbar" in the context menu by right-clicking on the toolbar.

This makes the tear-off bar visible again and the toolbar can be detached from the border position.

The "Customise" dialog is always accessed via the Tools ▸ Customise… menu.

Select Customise….

In the "Customise" dialog, select the "Toolbars" tab.

At the top left of "Search" enter "Fontwork".

Under Category, select "Fontwork".

On the right-hand side (list: "Assigned commands") click on the last entry "Toggle Extrusion".

Click on the black right arrow in the middle.

The entry "Fontwork" has now been placed at the end of the list on the right.

Click on OK.

The new fontwork icon is now available at the end of the "Drawing" toolbar.

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