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8002.png The Copy Graph to Clipboard option offers a variety of methods for copying the current graph or its numeric contents to the clipboard or to file.

Clipboard destination options are as follows:

Windows Bitmap to Clipboard
Windows Metafile to Clipboard
Windows Enhanced Metafile to Clipboard
All Numeric Info as Spreadsheet Block to Clipboard

Controls consist of:

Use Color
Bounding Frame
Preserve Superscripts, Subscripts, and Symbols in Metafiles


The All Numeric Info as Spreadsheet Block to Clipboard is the only option that does not export the graph image. This option copies all of the numeric information used to create the graph to the clipboard in a spreadsheet format. It is easily pasted into Excel and many other Windows applications. Note that for graphs with many components, this may be a very large data block with hundreds of rows and dozens of columns.

Also, when multiple graphs are present, the data for all of the graphs are copied. If you are interested in the data for only one of the plots, you should first double click that plot so that it is the only graph present. In that instance, only the data of interest are copied.

For the image options, if you do not want all of the plots in the image, you should first select the plot or plots of interest and then double click on one of them to create a set of selected graphs for the image.

All of the image options export either a bitmap or a metafile. Most Windows word processing, spreadsheet, and graphics software can paste in Windows Bitmaps and Windows Metafiles copied to the clipboard.


A Windows bitmap is a raster image consisting of pixel-type information. A bitmap will accurately retain the positioning of all elements within the graph and its titles. The main drawback to using a bitmap image is the significant loss of resolution that occurs when the program importing the graph stretches, shrinks, or otherwise scales the image. This is especially true for an aspect ratio that differs significantly from the original image.

You will almost always be successful pasting a clipboard bitmap into an application. The copied bitmap will be in the size and aspect ratio of the on-screen image. For a larger image or a different aspect ratio, resize the window before copying the graph.


Windows metafiles consist of a series of Windows graphics vector instructions which are intended to reproduce the original image. Windows Metafiles offer superior resolution and scaling, although the program importing the image may have difficulties in properly rendering text elements such as superscripts, subscripts, and symbols in their proper positions.

Metafiles are highly sensitive to the individual applications importing them. If you are unsuccessful in pasting a clipboard metafile image into your software, first check the Windows Clipboard Viewer to insure the image is actually there. If so, and if your software supports WMF file import, you can try saving a disk-based metafile. This is the Windows Metafile format preferred and sometimes required by high-end desktop publishing and drawing software. The default file extension for Metafiles is [.WMF].

You may also wish to try copying the Enhanced Metafile formats if your importing application supports it.

Although metafiles are scalable, you should adjust the on-screen window so that the aspect ratio of the graph will be similar to that used for the imported metafile image.

Preserving Formatted Text in Metafiles

Windows has traditionally offered no intrinsic support for subscripts, superscripts, or changing to a symbol font in the middle of a text string. As such, a title containing formatted text has required multiple text output instructions. When a metafile image is placed and scaled, the software importing the file may not preserve the proper character spacing across the separate text segments. If this occurs, try initially placing the image in the aspect ratio of your video display. If this fails, you should uncheck the Preserve Superscripts, Subscripts, and Symbols in Metafiles box.

Color and Bounding Frame

To copy the graph as a Page-White image, simply uncheck the Use Color item.

When the Bounding Frame box is checked, there will be a thin-box at the boundaries of the image.