In this tutorial I’ll show you how to align shapes radially in a circle with exact accuracy so that you can create an animated spinning wheel of names or text that can be used in Microsoft PowerPoint as, for example, a random student name picker.

** Please note that if using an older version of PowerPoint (2006 or earlier) you will need to make the change below **

I have discovered that this can be an issue for older versions of PowerPoint. The solution is to add a slide before the wheel slide, with an automatic transition to the next slide set to as short a time as you can – 0.2 seconds. Then add a button on the wheel slide that says ‘Reset’ that links back to the first slide. When you play the presentation the first slide won’t even be seen because it will transition straight to the wheel slide, and then when you click the reset button you’ll find that the wheel resets and the result is always random.


I have now uploaded a copy of this template to TES Resources for anyone interested to download free.

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