October 4, 2021

Create Venn Diagrams in PowerPoint: 4 Types

Venn diagrams are circle charts that illustrate relationships between items or finite sets of items. We all know that images speak louder than words. That’s why the Venn diagram in PowerPoint is a popular presentation tool.

Venn diagrams work with all kinds of different data. PowerPoint’s wide range of Venn diagrams can be used to visualize a wide range of relationships and overlaps.

In this article, we’ll show you how to create Venn diagrams in PowerPoint and how to best use them in your presentation.



The History of the Venn Diagram

The Venn diagram is named after the British logician John Venn. He first mentioned this type of diagram in 1880 in his article, On the Diagrammatic and Mechanical Representation of Propositions and Reasonings.

But the origins of this type of diagram go back much further. Ramon Llull, a philosopher and logician, used a similar type of diagram around the 13th century. The mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz also drew a similar form of diagram in the late 17th century.

Swiss mathematician Leonard Euler’s Euler diagram is considered by most to be the predecessor of the Venn diagram. In fact, John Venn originally called his diagram Euler’s circles. The Venn diagram got its name from the American philosopher Clarence Irving Lewis in his 1918 book, A Survey of Symbolic Logic.

The Venn diagram has continued to evolve over the last 60 years. For example, the diagram’s shapes were simplified to make it easier to visualize.



What is a Venn diagram, and what are its advantages in a PowerPoint presentation?

Venn diagrams are simple illustrations of the relationship between two sets of things. Circles that overlap have something in common. Circles that don’t overlap don’t share a trait.

Venn diagrams, also called logic diagrams, are often used in mathematics, logic, statistics, computer science, linguistics and business. You may have already seen or used a Venn diagram in a math lesson in school.

The purpose of these diagrams is to illustrate how elements in a particular field relate to each other. Venn diagrams are an excellent way to visualize data and facts clearly and effectively. This is what makes a Venn diagram in PowerPoint are so effective.



What are the benefits of using a Venn diagram in PowerPoint?

  • It clearly visualizes data
  • It illustrates relationships and connections between two or more groups
  • It’s uncomplicated and easy to create
  • It adds visual appeal to a presentation



What does a Venn diagram represent?

Venn diagrams consist of two or more circles that overlap to show commonalities:

  • Set: A group that has a common theme.

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  • Intersection: Also called overlap, represents the commonalities between the two sets. In this diagram, the dark blue area = the intersection.

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  • Reuleaux triangle: The shape created by three circles intersecting (dark blue in this case).

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How to create a Venn diagram in PowerPoint

PowerPoint offers several versions of the Venn diagram.  Here are all your options.

We’ve used Microsoft’s PowerPoint SmartArt graphics for all Venn diagrams:

  1. Go to Insert > SmartArt.

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2. In the new window, select Relationship on the left side.

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3. Click on the Venn diagram layout you would like to use to insert it on your slide.

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4. Customize the diagram:

  • Delete a shape from the diagram: Right-click on the shape you want to remove. Select Cut from the drop-down menu.
  • Add a shape to the diagram: Click on the diagram to open the SmartArt Design tab. Select Add Shape. You now have two options: Add Shape After inserts the new circle after the selected circle. Add Shape Before will insert a new circle before the selected circle.

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  • Add text: Click on [Text] inside the circle and you can start writing. Or use the Text Pane to the left.
  • Add text in the intersection: Go to Insert > Text Box. Drag it to any place within the Venn diagram and you can insert your text.

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The Standard Venn Diagram

Venn Diagram

  • Very versatile and frequently used Venn diagram
  • Good for illustrating commonalities and relationships between responsibilities, departments, etc.



The Linear Venn Diagram

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  • Venn diagram that works particularly well with overlaps and sequences
  • Good for displaying elements that may not be directly connected or for segments of a process



Stacked Venn Diagram

Venn Diagram

  • Illustrates overlaps and growth
  • Good for comparing quantities



Radial Venn Diagram

Venn Diagram

  • Can be used to create mind maps, which show relationships among pieces of the whole
  • Good for collecting ideas and overlapping areas of interest
  • Good for visualizing company departments and project areas



Visualize relationships more effectively with Venn diagrams in PowerPoint

Venn diagrams clearly display data and relationships and visually enhance presentations. Their versatility and clarity make them a popular choice in presentations. On top of that, they are straightforward and easy to create. Follow our instructions and take advantage of the many benefits of Venn diagrams!

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