Create A ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Spinning Name Selector in PowerPoint

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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…

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30 thoughts on “Create A ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Spinning Name Selector in PowerPoint


    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    I need this for 130 students. i tried the math of =360/130 and it gives me 2.76. I need 130 pies. Can anyone help?

    Roberta Urbietyte

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    Thanks for sharing.

    Tamilarasi mil

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    very helpful.thank u

    kirsty charles

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    Hi. I'm using 2018 Powerpoint and I can get the wheel to spin, however it doesn't stop even when I have put the Repeat:Until Next Click. When I do click it goes to the next slide. Any suggestions?

    Nani Is

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    Finally I did it!!!!!!!! Thankyouuuu so muchh for the guide 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄

    Matthew Polito

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    Thank you so much for the help! This video was sooo helpful. I created a spinning wheel for our office and everyone loved it. Appreciate the guidance and support.

    Grigore Ciobanu

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)


    Manzar Ali

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

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    Megan Artz

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    This video was awesome! Thank you!

    Edsss Villar

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    such a wonderful and amazing video, thank you so much

    Joe Slug

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    A big thank you for this really useful walkthrough…I've been trying to do this for years. A*

    Loren Blackett

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    AMAZING! Clear and concise instructions that only a complete dunce would not be able to follow! Thank you

    Bridget Peck

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    Fantastic tutorial!  I needed a wheel with numbers, so I went ahead and put them in as my category names on the pie chart so that I didn't have to mess with inserting them later.  Thank you!


    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    I swear you are the best even my Microsoft word is in arabic but I did it pretty well thank you so much❤️

    Sonu Singh

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    Great video! Is there a way to trigger the spinning using a laser pointer (i.e start/stop the spinning using a pointer)?

    Adam Abouelleil

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    wow thanks this was amazing

    Bob Skibob

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    First tutorial I went through step-by-step and everything worked just as you said (and I love the accent). Thank you.

    Lisa Walker

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    Such a clear and extremely helpful tutorial – thank you!

    Claudia Herrera

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    Hi,Thanks for this video, helped so much. One more thing was wondering is I can add a sound effect at the end of the spin.

    Rusty Chesley

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    Great tutorial. Thanks a lot. I'd like to complicate the wheel a bit and am curious about the way of doing it. I'd like to have the questions hidden and only when the wheel stops get the question or picture appear. Any idea how to do so? The reason behind it is that I have 7 year olds who won't wait until the wheel stops but will give answers to all sectors straight away.

    Gloria Romero-Martinez

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    Thank you! This has been an excellent step-by-step tutorial. Is there a way to add a clicking sound to the wheel as it spins?

    Raphael Hentschel

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    I need a fortune wheel for a psychological study and it would be important, that the wheel always stops at a particular number. Is it possible to let the wheel stop at a specific number ?

    Mathieu Le Rouic

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    I like this tutorial. I want use that wheel fortune for random children selection. but the wheel don't stop randomly.I put blank slide like explain to Erin Marshal but it doesn't work, any advice please?

    Duyen Mai

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    when I ungrouped the shape, it changed into rectangles, not pies? I can't figure out why

    Liz Jones

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    This is a great tool. Would you have an idea for using Powerpoint to make a snap or kims game with words?

    Quốc Cường Phan

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    help 8:08 –>8:09? please!!

    Akshai Kumar Pammi

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    how to save it like gif


    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    This is the most helpful classroom video I've ever seen. Liked and subscribed!

    Midlaj Ch

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    This is not working properly. Only one section coming repeated in my 2013 version

    altmkt mkt

    (January 12, 2019 - 4:17 am)

    Hi, this is such a great tutorial. How can I export it in a way that it still has the animation and the interaction of the clicks?

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