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How do I copy and paste effectively into PowerPoint

One of the easiest ways with SigmaPlot 2001 to paste a graph into PowerPoint is to use the Paste to PowerPoint Slide macro from the Toolbox menu. However, you can also now create graphs specifically formatted for PowerPoint and save them as styles in the Graph Gallery, or add them to your Page Templates.

Formatting a graph for PowerPoint

There are basically three things to keep in mind when preparing SigmaPlot graphs for PowerPoint: Turn off page color, change or turn off your graph background, and use global formatting to change you text and lines.

1. Change your page color to None. See - change page color.

2. You will notice right away that your graph still remains white. We actually recommend that you continue to use some sort of background color for your graph (not necessarily white, of course). However, you can also turn off graph background color entirely as well. Open Graph Properties, and click the Grids and Planes tab. Set the Plane color to None, or better yet, select Custom Color and pick a color that is related to your slide scheme (see the RGB color table for some typical colors).

3. Finally, use Global settings to change your line and text colors, and optionally your line and text weights, to display better on your slide background. See - make a global text or line change.

4. When you have finished, copy the graph, and then simply paste it to the PowerPoint slide. Do not paste it as a picture or metafile if you can help it; if you try and edit a metafile, you will cause most of your labels to mess up. Nor will it display correctly on Macintosh computers.

Creating graphs for Mac PowerPoint

If you need to create a slide for Mac users to view, you can export your SigmaPlot graphs as a 300dpi TIFF RGB file, then insert the file into PowerPoint using the PowerPoint Insert | Picture From File command.

See - share your graphs with Mac users below for directions on other ways to share your data with Mac users.

1. If you want to use this graph to create other PowerPoint graphs, save your graph to the graph gallery. Open the Graph Gallery (from the Graph menu), and then drag your graph onto the gallery.

2. To save your default page with a non-white background color, you can change the properties of the Normal page in the Template.jnt file. See - change the default properties of new graph pages.

 
 
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