Squirrel 1.12 introduced a “Quick Set-up” tab on many property panels. The properties described on this page are available on the “All Properties” tab of the property panel. For more details on “Quick Set-Up” properties see this article


This article describes the ellipse component and its properties.

The ellipse is a graphical component that can be styled to suit a Squirrel project theme.

Select ellipse from the shapes category of the component library. Move the mouse cursor over the canvas and click to add an ellipse to your project.


Ellipse Properties

The ellipse properties consist of a STYLING drawer, and a DYNAMIC VISIBILITY drawer. This guide will describe the styling properties only; the dynamic visibility properties are generic to each visible component and a separate guide and tutorial on dynamic visibility can be found here.


  • Fill – When checked, the ellipse will be filled with a colour that matches the value entered in the property field. This can be set in 3 ways:

    • Clicking the coloured ellipse next to the Fill checkbox and using the colour picker

    • Typing in a colour value

    • Binding to a colour value in a spreadsheet cell

  • Opacity – This determines the transparency of the ellipse. This is only available when the Fill checkbox is checked. Opacity can be set in 3 different ways:

  • Border – This property is checked by default. Uncheck to remove the border from an ellipse. Set the colour and opacity properties as above.

  • Weight – This property determines the line thickness of the ellipse border in pixels.

  • Line style – Select an option from the dropdown box. The options are solid and dashed:

Ellipse Solid and Dashed Line Styles

  • Effects – Select an option from the dropdown box. The options are none and Drop Shadow. With Drop Shadow selected the following properties appear:

    • Color – this determines the colour of the shadow

    • Opacity – this determines the opacity of the shadow

    • X-Offset – determines the horizontal position of the shadow (positive values move to the right, negative values move to the left)

    • Y-Offset – determines the vertical position of the shadow (positive values move down, negative values move up)

    • Blur – determines the blur of the shadow

  • Block mouse events – Checking this option will stop mouse interactions with components positioned on layers beneath the rectangle, e.g. a slider component sitting on a layer beneath the rectangle would not function. A partially covered component may still have some functionality. This option is unchecked by default which means that components positioned beneath the rectangle will respond to mouse events.



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